Old Venus edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (Book, eBook, eAudioBook)
Venus is just awful. It’s even hotter than Mercury due to a runaway greenhouse effect, the pressure at the surface is like being under half a mile of water, there are volcanoes everywhere, and the most common weather conditions are hurricane-force winds laced with sulfuric acid. If someone offers you a trip to Venus, politely decline.
However, back in the 19th century, serious scientists looked at the clouds covering Venus and theorized that it was probably a warm, rainy planet covered in swamps and jungles, not unlike the Cretaceous period on Earth. Science fiction writers then spent a happy century populating Venus with dinosaurs and decadent jungle civilizations, until the Russians ruined everything with their Venera probes.
Old Venus is a collection of short stories which throw out everything we’ve discovered about Venus in the 20th century, because jungles and dinosaurs are way better for narrative purposes than boiling acid hurricanes. The list of authors include some of the best people writing science fiction today, so you may discover a new favorite writer along the way!