The Venusians are a race of sapient six-limbed flying humanoids and the native inhabitants of the planet Venus, a paradisiacal mountainous green land with silver-colored oceans.
While they appear vaguely human-like, they're built far more lightly and have an extra pair of long, thin arms protruding from their shoulder blades. Their wings are formed by a large flexible membrane which connects the upper and lower arms and continues down to the ankles. Said membrane is mostly covered by light feathery down, with true feathers growing on the edge. The wings are colored white on the inside but golden on the backside. Their average height varies between 5' and 5' 6" (circa 1.52 to 1.67 meters).
When on land, they walk in a fashion which Lady Redgrave described as being "just like us, only much more prettily!". She also describes their "funny little faces" as being "half bird, half human" with "soft, downy feathers in place of hair". Their hands have only four fingers, including a thumb, but these are described as too soft and plump to be very well-suited for manual labor. They spend their entire lives below the dense clouds which cover Venus' mountains and valleys, and never rise above the clouds during flight as exposure to direct sunlight is known to hurt them.
Culture and society
The Venusians are enormously curious but completely peaceful and communicate in a song-like language. They have a gesture of bowing their bodies forward, expanding their wings and bringing them together over their breasts, which is used to express deep admiration and respect.
Both males and females of this race dress in clothes that look like divided tunics made of some silk-like material which comes in several colors. Although their hands are described as too delicate for manual labor, they must have some way of manufacture since they have cities and clothing.
- A Honeymoon in Space, by George Griffith (1901)
- Interestingly, this species predates other winged humanoids from Venus featured in later works such as the Klangan from Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Amtor" series, and the Seventh Men from Olaf Stapledon's Last and First Men (although the latter are not native Venusians but rather augmented humans descendant from Earth colonists).