Despite its proximity to earth and its clear similarity with our planet in several aspects (such as mass, for example), Venus is typically depicted in science-fiction as one of the hardests worlds to colonize.
The reason for that is simply the fact that the surface temperature of the planet is so high that metal melts down. It would be very difficult to colonize Venus by constructing domed cities on the surface, like we intend to do on Mars.
Nevertheless, scientists have recently pointed out that colonizing our “sister planet” may be a lot easier than most people think. The only thing we need to do is abandon the notion that a planetary colony has to be located on the surface of the planet.
These scientists, in one of the most imaginative approaches to the issue of space colonization that I have ever seen, envisage a civilization made of giant floating cities, suspended in Venus’ dense atmosphere.
In the words of NASA’s Geoffrey A. Landis, "At cloud-top level, Venus is the paradise planet.”. And that’s true, in Venus’ upper atmosphere temperature’s are very close to the one registered on Earth’s surface and the atmospheric pressure is also earth-like.
I think we can use this idea for the Fractal Future Project.
Venus could start being colonized by organic humans (maybe members of a p faction) around the 2040s.
A few decades later, most of the planet’s floating cities would unite to form a highly successful quasi-utopian (although not totally) civilization.
Than, around the end of the century, thanks to the invention of super-resistent materials, uploaded human in robot bodies finally succeed in colonizing the surface. Those robots, forced to survive in an extremely harsh environment, establish a spartan culture despises the hedonistic life style of the floating cities’ people.
This divergence would be a source of constant conflict and would make Venus one of the most divided planets in the whole solar system.
What do you think of this idea?