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* EnslavedTongue: One book sees Blake injected with a drug that's intended to work as a truth serum by making him unable to stop talking. He manages to escape his captors, but spends the whole night rambling on about random topics until the serum finally wears off.

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* CultDefector: Sparta grew up in the Free Spirit, a transhumanist cult that believed her to be TheChosenOne. She later got free, and spends the first half of the series fighting to wipe out the Free Spirit's operatives.

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* ChemicallyInducedInsanity: In the opening of the series, Sparta has spent several years of her life being drugged into oblivion by the Free Spirit.

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* LonelyBachelorPad: Whenever Sparta is on her own for extended periods of time, her dwellings become quite... Spartan. It's especially pronounced in the fourth book, when she develops a particularly bad drug addiction that causes her to spend a lot of time in a stupor.


''Venus Prime'' is a series of six science fiction novels written by Paul Preuss and Sir Creator/ArthurCClarke. Each novel is based on a different story by Clarke, and all together, they tell the story of Sparta, a young woman granted extraordinary abilities by the evil Free Spirit, a cult seeking to turn her into a messiah. Along the way, she solves mysteries for the Board of Space Control, an interplanetary bureaucracy.

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''Venus Prime'' is a series of six science fiction novels written by Paul Preuss and Preuss, based on stories by Sir Creator/ArthurCClarke. Each novel is based on a different story by Clarke, Clarke story, and all together, they tell the story of Sparta, a young woman granted extraordinary abilities by the evil Free Spirit, a cult seeking to turn her into a messiah. Along the way, she solves mysteries for the Board of Space Control, an interplanetary bureaucracy.


'''''Venus Prime''''' is a series of six science fiction novels written by Paul Preuss and Sir Creator/ArthurCClarke. Each novel is based on a different story by Clarke, and all together, they tell the story of Sparta, a young woman granted extraordinary abilities by the evil Free Spirit, a cult seeking to turn her into a messiah. Along the way, she solves mysteries for the Board of Space Control, an interplanetary bureaucracy.

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'''''Venus Prime''''' ''Venus Prime'' is a series of six science fiction novels written by Paul Preuss and Sir Creator/ArthurCClarke. Each novel is based on a different story by Clarke, and all together, they tell the story of Sparta, a young woman granted extraordinary abilities by the evil Free Spirit, a cult seeking to turn her into a messiah. Along the way, she solves mysteries for the Board of Space Control, an interplanetary bureaucracy.

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* StarfishLanguage: The Amaltheans communicate with various clicks and booms. Sparta had her vocal apparatus modified to allow her to produce those sounds. However, the BigBad also learns the language and uses his hands to produce the clicks by snapping his fingers.

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* AlienNonInterferenceClause: With the discovery of alien life on Jupiter, Earth creates the Prime Directive, which is similar to the one from ''Series/StarTrek''. Unfortunately, it also nearly results in some unnecessary deaths because an ObstructiveBureaucrat refuses to allow the Directive to be violated under ''any'' circumstances, perfectly willing to let the people in the pod die rather than disturb the native Jovian life forms.


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* AscendedFanboy: Professor Forster is a huge fan of Michael Ventris, a linguist, who translated Linear B, the earliest attested form of Greek script. In the sixth novel, TimeTravel allows him to go to the isle of Crete during the Bronze Age, and he is given the opportunity to ''surpass'' his idol by deciphering the previously-untranslatable Linear A, a script used by the even older Minoan civilization.


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* PlanetSpaceship: The Amalthean world-ship is ''huge''. It also turns out that the ice moon Amalthea has been the ship all along with a layer of ice that has built up around it over the millennia.

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* TimeyWimeyBall: The sixth novel's timeline gets a little confusing with a single world-ship splitting off thanks to the over-use of TimeTravel by the two opposing factions, culminating in dozens (if not hundreds) of world-ships converging to the same location, all of them being versions of the same ship from different timelines.

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* ElectiveBrokenLanguage: Luke Lim can speak English perfectly well, but uses an exaggerated stereotypical accent when dealing with white people in the hopes of putting them off.

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* CosmicHorrorReveal: The first three books are about a young female detective who solves mysteries in space while trying to discover TheConspiracy that caused her to lose three years' worth of memories. In the fourth book, she pretty much wipes out the conspiracy. And then, suddenly, the StarfishAliens start to show up, and the rest of the series is about her and her allies trying to prevent one faction of the aliens from attempting to re-write history so that Earth becomes more like their homeworld - which would make it uninhabitable to humans.

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* DescentIntoAddiction: Sparta starts taking various pharmaceuticals in an attempt to counteract the drugs that erased part of her memories. Instead, she ends up severely addicted to one of the drugs, and by the end of the book, she's caused such severe damage to her own brain from drug abuse that she loses her enhanced perception abilities.

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* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: The last book in the series is very thematically and stylistically different from the previous five. Most of its events are narrated in the first person by Prof. Forster, Sparta and Blake are seen entirely through other characters' eyes, and at one point, they and Forster go back in time to Ancient Mycenae. At another point, the book awkwardly diverts for three chapters to a first-person account by Klaus Muller, a Swiss deep-sea engineer who stumbles across the world ship.


* ScottishEnglish: Angus [=McNeill=] is a Scotsman, so his dialogue is lightly tinged with a Scottish accent.

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* ScottishEnglish: UsefulNotes/ScottishEnglish: Angus [=McNeill=] is a Scotsman, so his dialogue is lightly tinged with a Scottish accent.



* {{Zeerust}}: Preuss began writing the series back in the eighties, and of course, every book was an expansion of an older story that Clarke had written (the first book was an expansion of ''Breaking Strain'', which was written back in 1948 and first published in 1954.) Naturally, a lot of the technology sounds horribly dated to modern readers.

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* {{Zeerust}}: Preuss began writing the series back in the eighties, and of course, every book was an expansion of an older story that Clarke had written (the first book was an expansion of ''Breaking Strain'', which was written back in 1948 and first published in 1954.) Naturally, a lot of the technology sounds horribly dated to modern readers.readers.
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Originally published in 1999, the series has fallen into obscurity thanks to its original publisher going under in 2006.

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Originally published starting in 1999, 1988, the series has fallen into obscurity thanks to its original publisher going under in 2006.

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