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Dream of Venus

Miles Beller

Published February 1st 2000
ISBN : 9780966348002
Hardcover
298 pages
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Set in the 1939-1940 New York Worlds Fair, Dream of Venus (or Living Pictures), is a speculative history reanimating the last great international fair this world would ever know. Meshing actualities with invention, it renders a future past that isMoreSet in the 1939-1940 New York Worlds Fair, Dream of Venus (or Living Pictures), is a speculative history reanimating the last great international fair this world would ever know. Meshing actualities with invention, it renders a future past that is nostalgic and predictive, an account of hope and longing at the onset of World War II. Focusing on Zeke Lichtenquist -- an artist moved into the Fairs Town of Tomorrow -- the book takes us on a search for authenticity and meaning. Franklin Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, and the Fairs president Grover Whalen all pop in and out, players in a fabled New York of the late 1930s.This work of cyber-fiction and alternative history has taken its title from Salvadore Dalis surrealistic pavilion featured at the fair.