Writer-editor Bova, having tackled Mars (1992), moves closer to home with this near-future family melodrama about nanotechnology and the exploitation of the Moon. When philandering Greg Masterson of Masterson Aerospace blows his brains out--it's revealed that he was dying of cancer--his wife Joanna marries her lover, Aerospace executive Paul Stavenger. But her unstable son, Greg II, mistakenly loyal to his rotten father, arranges to have Paul murdered on the Moon with Aerospace's experimental nanotechnology bugs. A horrified Joanna, already pregnant by Paul, bundles Greg off to a psychiatric clinic. In due course, Joanna gives birth to Doug. The years pass; Greg rejoins Aerospace and determines to close Moonbase, a loss-making but visionary and essential enterprise, the brainchild of Paul and now Doug. Inevitably, there will be a final reckoning between crazy Greg and honorable stargazer Paul, with poor Joanna's loyalties tested to the limit. Despite--or perhaps because of--the hokey family feud, little narrative momentum develops: an intermittently involving, elaborate stage-setter for Bova's projected volume two.