By Arthur C. Clarke, Paul Preuss

ISBN-10: 0380753448

ISBN-13: 9780380753444

Venus top is a chain of six technological know-how fiction novels written via Paul Preuss, according to characters and destinations in Arthur C. Clarke's brief stories.

The tales contain Sparta, a gorgeous and mysterious girl with complex skills, the fabricated from complicated biotech engineering. however the reminiscence of the final 3 years is long past, and Sparta makes an attempt to recuperate her earlier, and store her future.

Volume 1 – Breaking pressure (based at the 1949 brief tale "Breaking Strain")

After her unexpected get away from a psychological establishment, an amnesiac who calls herself Sparta seeks out the origins of her strange skills. To this finish, she adopts the identification of Ellen Troy and turns into an inspector for the distance Guild.

On her first task as an Inspector, Sparta is distributed to Port Hesperus, the distance station orbiting Venus, to enquire the sabotage of the gap Queen, an outdated freighter. whereas there, she encounters Blake Redfield, a tender old books specialist who might carry the most important to her lacking memories.

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Apart from such orientalist fantasies, there were also a large number of anti-Semitic diatribes aimed at that old scapegoat, the Jew. 40 history of serial murder As early as 1886, the Pall Mall Gazette, a popular London newspaper, was referring to “a Judenhetz brewing in East London” and warning its readers that “the foreign Jews of no nationality whatever are becoming a pest and a menace to the poor native born East Ender” (quoted in Fishman 144). 11 When the Ripper murders began in 1888, the belief that the murderer could not be English licensed open expressions of anti-Semitism and exacerbated racial tensions in the heavily Jewish area of Whitechapel.

Harris 54). Perhaps sensing that the reputation of the medical profession had already been damaged by reports that the murderer possessed some anatomical knowledge, within days the prominent British medical journal the Lancet attacked Baxter’s theory, dismissing it as absurd. The press, however, did not dismiss the story out of hand, perhaps because of their dim view of doctors, but also because the story of an unscrupulous, acquisitive American resonated with the British public. 12 The letter created a sensation not only because the phantom murderer now had a self-appointed name (assuming that the letter was actually written by the killer), but also because what the London Times described as the “brutal character” of the letter’s language was “full of Americanisms” (such as “Dear Boss,” “fix me,” and “shant quit”).

What was the response of the American press to these accusations? Curiously, there were very few denunciations of the idea that the Ripper could be an American. S. newspapers often redirected the focus of discussion and implied American superiority over the British by emphasizing the awfulness of the murders and the wretchedness of the environment in which they were taking place. For example, the New York Times coverage frequently abused the British police, calling them “the stupidest detectives in the civilized world” (“News” 1) and criticizing them for “devot[ing] their entire energies to preventing the press from getting at the facts” (“Dismay” 1).

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