“The Merchants of Venus” by A.H. Phelps, Jr. originally appeared in the March 1954 issue of Galaxy Magazine. The story answers the question: how do you sell a planet to potential pioneers? — ed, N.E. Lilly
X Minus One was an early radio show that focused on Science Fiction stories. They purchased stories from authors who appeared in the pages of Galaxy Magazine and adapted them for the radio.
In the story, colonists are needed for the Venus Project to leave the overcrowded Earth to live on Venus. This leaves the Venus Project Personnel Director with a dilemma: Creative and resourceful people are needed for the colonization effort, but, anyone who is creative or resourceful does perfectly fine making a life for themselves on Earth — so they have no reason or desire to travel to Venus to make a living.
This episode originally aired on July 18, 1957.
Other works by X Minus One
- The Martian Death March by X Minus One (Jan 13, 2008)
- The Green Hills of Earth by X Minus One (May 27, 2007)