Join us in celebrating the launch of Claude Lalumière’s fourth book, Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment, a work of speculative fiction that Portal/World SF Blog called “bizarre, fascinating, hilarious.”
Venera Dreams is a mosaic novel, a surreal history of a fictional and fantastical European city-state, inspired in part by Venice, The Arabian Nights, and the architecture of Antoni Gaudí. It is divided in three sections. The first, “The Lure of Vermilion,” describes the impact of Venera’s lure on various characters. The second section, “Adventures in Times Past,” ranges from the Roman Empire’s invasion of Venera and intrigue involving a Veneran spy at the court of the Chinese Zhengde Emperor during the Renaissance to a tale of Salvador Dalí’s ties to Venera and a metafictional exploration of Scheherazade’s relationship to Venera. The final section, “The Secret Histories of Magus Amore,” returns to the present to resolve the mysteries of Venera.
Claude Lalumière is the author of three previous books: Objects of Worship (CZP 2009), The Door to Lost Pages (CZP 2011), and Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes (Infinity Plus 2013). He has edited or co-edited 14 anthologies in various genres. Originally from Montreal, he’s currently headquartered in Ottawa.