Search Results: "Ben Bova"


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POWER SURGE by Ben Bova
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"With higher stakes and a faster-paced plot, this could have been a gritty political thriller. But as it is, it's a thriller without the thrills, bogged down in talk instead of action."
An idealist from Montana takes on the Washington machine in this near-future novel. Read full book review >

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VENUS by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2000

"The coming-of-age theme, though, should find its natural YA audience."
Guess where the action of editor/writer Bova's latest science fiction yarn (Return to Mars, 1999, etc.) takes place? Read full book review >

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THE HIGH ROAD by Ben Bova
Released: Sept. 16, 1981

"That, at least, is an argument that will not be lost on environmentalists—who might otherwise be tempted to leave the book to enthusiasts altogether."
Off we go into the wild blue yonder—not for space colonies, at least not yet—but to solve the energy crisis, create new jobs above and below, mine the moon, shuttle to low orbit way-stations between here and the asteroids, tend to solarpower satellites, and fulfill other dreams of power and glory. Read full book review >

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THE KINSMAN SAGA by Ben Bova
Released: Oct. 20, 1987

"Kinsman fans and tree believers only."
A massive put unoriginal tome; in fact, a rewrite combining two previously published works, Millennium (1976) and its later "prequel" Kinsman (1979), itself a rewrite of various short stories that appeared during the 1970's. Read full book review >

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JUPITER by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Strong on technical detail, but with a so-so backdrop and uninteresting aliens; still, Bova's fans should find it worth a try."
Another step in the exploration of the solar system, from the veteran writer-editor (Venus, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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MARS by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1992

"Technically accurate and absorbing if somewhat ponderous at times, with questions and answers reliably in balance: a dependable, satisfying foray into science realism."
A bulging, impressive, all-you-ever-wanted-to-know, you-are-there Martian odyssey, from the veteran writer-editor (Cyberbooks, Voyagers, etc.). Read full book review >

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TO FEAR THE LIGHT by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Well-paced, if sometimes melodramatic; overall an improvement over its predecessor."
The sequel to To Save the Sun (1992) shares the previous book's large-canvas premise as the Empire of the Hundred Worlds pursues a generation-spanning project to save Earth's dying sun. Read full book review >

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THE MULTIPLE MAN by Ben Bova
Released: May 1, 1976

"It's a slickly plotted jaunt through the upper governmental strata of tomorrow, with enough going on to entertain both the SF hard-core and those who like their thrillers political."
This takes off at a fast clip with President James J. Halliday's arrival in Boston to deliver a speech, and never slows down. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 3, 1985

"All in all, standard ideas, plotting, and melodrama, along with an un-convincing and poorly developed alien presence: only for Voyagers fans."
At the end of the talky, mechanical Voyagers (1981), readers will recall, astronaut Keith Stoner heroically arranged to freeze himself solid inside an approaching alien spacecraft—alongside a dead alien—in order to force the world powers to mount a rescue operation. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 15, 1975

Bova distinguishes between artistry and craftsmanship; but can his strict rules for characterization, background and conflict be followed without inhibiting the former? Read full book review >

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ORION AMONG THE STARS by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"The best entry so far in an evolving and increasingly worthwhile series."
What started out as a series of fantasy/superscience potboilers (Orion and the Conqueror, 1993, etc.) has shown notable improvement of late. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE-WHO NEEDS IT? by Ben Bova
Released: April 1, 1975

"And as for those others who are taking up the occult: If it is simultaneously likely that they (a) pose a threat to the rule of reason and (b) are open to persuasion by reason, then a serious, point-by-point investigation such as Gallant's Astrology (KR, 1974) should be more convincing."
A ridiculously simplistic apology for science and technology. Read full book review >