Ok, this one has been bugging me for a while now. Back in, I would say the mid-80's, I owned a hardcover book with a white dust jacket featuring a full-color photo of Saturn. I thought it was called 'The Planets' or 'The Solar System', but I haven't been able to find it under those titles. The book had one section for each planet, consisting of a nonfiction essay and a science fiction short story based on that planet. I remember in particular that Bradbury's "All Summer in a Day" was the featured story in the Venus section, but the book doesn't seem to be in the IFSDB list for that story. Thanks!

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Have you already considered and rejected The Planets, edited by Byron Preiss and published in 1985? It seems to be a partial match for your recollections. It's got one essay and one short story per planet - but the Bradbury is "The Love Affair", and it's for Mars; and although one of the covers has a full-colour Saturn, the background is black, not white.

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  • That's it exactly! It's hard to tell from the image on the right, but the white border around the black actually extended to the spine and back of the dustcover. I could have sworn that I was right about the Bradbury story, but obviously not. Thank you!
    – Raven13
    Mar 31, 2014 at 20:08

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