This is my illustration inspired by Space 1889 the tabletop role-playing game of Victorian-era space-faring created by Frank Chadwick in 1988. The game presented an alternate history in which discredited Victorian scientific theories were instead found to be true and have led to the existence of new technologies that can transport mankind through the luminiferous aether of space (universal medium that permeates space, based on a now outdated scientific theory). The great powers of Europe discover the other planets it be inhibited and go on a new round of imperial colonization of our planetary neighbors. This is an illustration is of a British officer and his female associate deep in the swamps of Venus. Venus is often depicted in early science fiction literature as being warmer, but still habitable by humans.