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" I sometimes suspect that we're seeing something in the Internet as significant as the birth of cities. It's really something new, it's a new kind of civilization."
- William Gibson

Floating Villa  
  An artificial island several acres in extent.  

The flier had taken them to the shore of the vast Venusian ocean. Out on that Calm, nighted sea below sparkled little clusters of lights. These were some of the System-famous “floating villas” of the richer Venusians, country estates that floated upon the surface of the ocean. They consisted of huge scows of the super-light metal, levium, upon which gardens and homes had been built.

“That darkness ahead is where Narth and I are staying,” Burmer said, and then he grinned. Some millionaire owns it — but he’s away with his family for a six-months’ trip to Saturn.” “It’s a swell hideout, all right,” Stanton declared as he sent the flier slanting downward toward the dark floating villa.

The estate was two hundred feet square, with a cubical mansion of white levium metal at one corner, and the rest of the great scow covered by beds of soil in which a garden of trees and shrubs grew.

The flier landed smoothly in the vague, dark gardens. Burmer picked up the senseless form of Kendall Klain, and led the way toward the mansions. The dark sea stretched all around them, lulling the floating villa by its peaceful motion. In the gardens, blossoming flame-trees and clumps of the pale, colorful “cloud-orchids” filled the air with a rich fragrance. The house loomed before them...

From Doom Over Venus, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1940
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