Books by Ben Bova and Complete Book Reviews

Ben Bova. Tor, $25.99 (416p) ISBN 978-0-7653-7952-8
In the deeply disappointing final volume of six-time Hugo-winner Bova’s Star Quest trilogy, humans are the ultra-advanced aliens encountering extraterrestrial life. As part of a mission to protect other planets from the “death wave... of gamma...
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Ben Bova, Author . Tor $24.95 (384p) ISBN 978-0-7653-0722-4
Six-time Hugo Award winner Bova likes to tell big stories in a small way. This approach both helps and hurts in this collection of stories, excerpts and outtakes from his "Grand Tour" novels (Saturn , etc.), which explore the colonization of
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Ben Bova. Tor, $25.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-7653-7644-2
This strong collection by SFWA Grand Master Bova (Transhuman) achieves an unusually satisfying fusion of varied settings with a consistent humane vision. The frontiers presented include the challenges of human/robot relationships in “Waterbot,” the...
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Ben Bova, Author . Morrow $25.95 (335p) ISBN 978-0-380-97519-8
In 1910 the earth whirled through the tail of Halley's comet. Eight years later, in the final months of WWI, the "Spanish flu" pandemic struck, killing tens of millions worldwide. Could biological organisms in the comet's tail have...
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Ben Bova, Author Bantam Books $6.5 (464p) ISBN 978-0-553-57356-5
Two brothers find themselves on opposite sides of a controversial genetic breakthrough. (Dec.)
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Ben Bova, Author Tor Books $21.95 (348p) ISBN 978-0-312-85550-5
This bland collection gathers recent short stories and nonfiction essays by the Hugo Award-winning author of Mars , with each piece prefaced by the author's comments about his inspirations and writing methods. The stories display the typical...
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Ben Bova, Author Tor Books $18.95 (253p) ISBN 978-0-312-85359-4
The prolific SF author of the Voyagers series suggests what might have happened at the end of WW II if Stalin had died and Roosevelt had lived. In Bova's scenario, Winston Churchill presents Joseph Stalin with a ceremonial sword at the 1943...
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Ben Bova, Author . Baen $23 (528p) ISBN 978-1-4165-5560-5
Slapstick humor, mostly aimed at big business and the entertainment industry, fuels this mix of older works by veteran hard SF writer Bova (The Aftermath ). The collection opens with the 1975 novel The Starcrossed , about a television studio's...
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Ben Bova, Author . Tor $24.95 (384p) ISBN 978-0-312-87218-2
Too many characters with too many agendas vie for prestige and power en route to Saturn aboard the Space Habitat Goddard in Hugo winner Bova's middling follow-up to Jupiter (2001) and Venus (2002). Ten thousand intellectuals and scientists,...
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Ben Bova, Author . Tor $24.95 (400p) ISBN 978-0-7653-0923-5
Bova's polemical near-future SF thriller will appeal most to established fans who share his pro-space exploration politics. After Dan Randolph's Astro Corporation loses its experimental space plane on re-entry to the atmosphere, Dan...
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Ben Bova. Tor, $25.99 (416p) ISBN 978-0-7653-7950-4
This unpolished sequel to New Earth brings space traveler Jordan Kell back to his native soil. Isolated on his return to Earth and protected by a World Council security team, Kell finds Earth changed in his absence, but not changed enough. The aged...
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Ben Bova. Baen, $25 (240p) ISBN 978-1-4516-3934-6
Bova’s first Billionaire’s Club SF novel falls entirely flat. Multimillionaire Art Thrasher has his heart set on sending a manned mission to Mars, but doesn’t trust “the goddamned government” or the “fartbrains in the White House.” Thrasher cajoles...
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Ben Bova, Author Tor Books $24.95 (384p) ISBN 978-0-312-87216-8
In 1993 Bova took readers to Mars and himself onto bestseller lists. Last year's A Return to Mars also sold well. So a narrative about manned exploration of Venus seems an obvious step for this popular author, and Bova's new novel will indeed please
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Ben Bova, Author . Forge $24.95 (331p) ISBN 978-0-765-30924-2
Bova depicts a near-future when crude oil costs $110 per barrel in this cautionary but hopeful thriller (after 2006's Titan ) that hinges on scientist Michael Cochrane's discovery of a cheap, safe way to produce hydrogen fuel. The story...
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Ben Bova, Author Avon Books $23 (388p) ISBN 978-0-380-97303-3
Though riddled with SF cliches and stock characters, Bova's sequel to Moonrise is nonetheless an exciting high-tech adventure that puts the fledgling lunar colony known as Moonbase in dire jeopardy as political forces seek either to wrest control of
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Ben Bova, Author . Tor $24.99 (398p) ISBN 978-0-7653-2386-6
Hugo-winner Bova (The Green Trap ) combines cutting-edge science and geopolitics in a fast-paced but flimsy near-future technothriller. When a rogue faction of the North Korean army detonates a nuclear missile in space, an electromagnetic shockwave...
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Ben Bova, Author . Tor $24.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-7653-0412-4
Set in the same future universe as the author's asteroid series (The Silent War , etc.) and sharing such major players as the Yamagata Corporation and the religion of the New Morality, Hugo-winner Bova's well-plotted fourth planet novel (afte
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Ben Bova, Author . SourceBooks $24.95 (356p) ISBN 978-1-57071-785-7
Prolific SF and nonfiction writer (Venus, etc.) and former editor of Omni and Analog, Bova once rhapsodized about The Beauty of Light (an ALA Best Science Book of 1988). He now offers this secondary source–based introduction to light's...
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Ben Bova. ReAnimus, $19.99 trade paper (216p) ISBN 978-1-4905-7510-0
Well-known author Bova's first science fiction title, long out of print since its original 1959 edition, returns with an introductory essay by the author. Bova explains how he based the story on the biography of Alexander the Great, setting it some...
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Ben Bova, Author Tor Books $19.95 (608p) ISBN 978-0-312-93184-1
In 1965, the Science Fiction Writers of America instituted the Nebula Awards to recognize and celebrate the best works of the year. Editor Bova asked SFWA members to pick five favorite works from among the more than 100 winners, and the result is...
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Ben Bova, Author . Tor $25.95 (464p) ISBN 978-0-7653-0925-9
Venerable SF author Bova returns to his Voyagers series after nearly two decades with this clumsy mashup of wildly different universes. Relativistic star flight has somehow catapulted Keith Stoner, Jo Camerata and their children, Cathy and Rick, to...
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Ben Bova, Author . Tor $24.95 (380p) ISBN 978-0-312-84878-1
With its macho posturing and stereotypical characters, including devious Japanese, Hugo-winner Bova's third book in his Asteroid Wars trilogy (after 2002's The Rock Rats and 2001's The Precipice ) could just as well have been written in
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Ben Bova, Author Tor Books $22.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-312-85637-3
This book continues the saga of Orion the Hunter (Orion and the Conqueror, etc.), as he seeks to wrest control of his soul and destiny from the Creator, Aten, and be joined with his beloved Goddess and lover, Anya. In this volume, the stakes have...
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Ben Bova, Author . Tor $24.95 (396p) ISBN 978-0-7653-0414-8
Hugo-winner Bova’s fourth Asteroid Wars novel (after 2004’s The Silent War ) is a bewildering attempt to exploit loose ends. When crazed assassin Dorik Harbin disables the spaceship Syracuse , an ore-carrier run by Victor Zacharias,...
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Ben Bova, Author . Tor $24.95 (432p) ISBN 978-0-7653-1787-2
Multiple Hugo–winner Bova pens a gripping and convincing conclusion to the story begun in Mars (1992) and Return to Mars (1999). Jamie Waterman, who discovered cliff dwellings during his first trip to Mars, is struggling to acquire funding...
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Ben Bova, Author . Tor $24.95 (464p) ISBN 978-0-7653-0413-1
In the latest planetary saga from Hugo-winner Bova (Mercury , etc.), the solidly hypothesized science enthralls, especially down on the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. On Christmas Eve 2095, the exploring vehicle Titan Alpha lumbers...
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Ben Bova, Author Spectra Books $22.95 (497p) ISBN 978-0-553-08234-0
Mayhem is afoot at Cyber World, the futuristic setting of this ambitious but not entirely satisfying thriller by SF stalwart Bova ( Voyagers ). While computer programmers Damon Santorini and Jason Lowrey are in Florida creating a virtual reality (VR)
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Ben Bova. Tor, $25.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-7653-3293-6
Iconoclastic cellular biologist Luke Abramson is determined to save his dying eight-year-old granddaughter, Angela, with his cutting-edge treatment for cancer. Inconveniently, his process is not yet approved for use on humans, and he’s stymied by...
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Ben Bova, Author Tor Books $24.95 (384p) ISBN 978-0-312-87217-5
In continuing to explore the marvels of the solar system, Bova (Venus) tracks the metamorphosis of his protagonist, Grant Archer, from a selfish, petulant grad student into a man who does what's right despite massive pressures. Sent to study on...
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Ben Bova, Author Bantam Books $22.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-553-09379-7
Science is on trial and the medical future of the human species is at issue in this latter-day riff on Inherit the Wind. Molecular biologist Arthur Marshak sees his research into the regeneration of diseased or dysfunctional organs as a step toward...
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Ben Bova, Author Eos $25 (403p) ISBN 978-0-380-97640-9
The sequel to Bova's popular Mars (1992) returns Navajo Jamie Waterman to the Red Planet as the mission director in tenuous command of a crew of scientists and astronauts jockeying for political power, romantic liaisons and scientific renown. And as
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Ben Bova, Author Avon Books $23 (417p) ISBN 978-0-380-97302-6
It's the 21st century and the world is on the brink of a scientific renaissance. The U.S. government has finally had the good sense to privatize the development of outer space and, as a result, a number of scientific advances are in the offing. New...
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Ben Bova. Tor, $25.99 (464p) ISBN 978-0-7653-3017-8
Nearly two decades after the original five Orion books were published, Bova resurrects Orion, the time-traveling pawn of the godlike Creators. Orion’s patron Creator, Aten, deposits him in post-Roman Britain, where he becomes squire to a young King...
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Ben Bova, Author . Tor $24.95 (384p) ISBN 978-0-7653-0227-4
Noted space expert Bova returns to his planetary future history (Moonrise, etc.) in a hard-charging continuation of the battle for the Asteroid Belt begun in The Precipice (2001). Positing an Earth on the brink of eco-catastrophe, a recently...
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Ben Bova, Author . Tor $25.95 (480p) ISBN 978-0-7653-0525-1
Bova's cautionary medical thriller, the uncut version of his 1996 novel Brothers , explores the political, social and religious ramifications of what could be humankind's greatest medical breakthrough—organ regeneration. When biotech
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Ben Bova, Author John Wiley & Sons $24.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-471-62580-3
Prolific science writer Bova commits some howlers in this illustrated survey of lightits nature, scientific exploration and uses in technology, the arts and everyday life. ``Nowhere has lighting been used to such dramatic effect as at the 1934 Nazi...
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Ben Bova, Author . Tor $25.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-312-84876-7
The author of some 100 books, most of them either science fiction or science fact, six-time Hugo-winner Bova (Jupiter; Venus) is a longtime exponent of the industrialization of outer space, preferably by privately owned corporations, and here he...
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Ben Bova, Author Tor Books $21.95 (383p) ISBN 978-0-312-85104-0
Ten years after breaking the Russian Federation's monopoly on space travel, 21st-century swashbuckler Dan Randolph returns in this third-rate sequel to Privateers . Now an industrialist, Randolph is suddenly arrested and his billion-dollar lunar...
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Ben Bova, Author Tor Books $22.95 (350p) ISBN 978-0-312-85447-8
The intrigues of fourth-century-B.C. Macedonia and Greece are brought vividly to life in this sweeping historical fantasy. To avert the possibility that the strands of space-time might unravel, Orion, rebellious instrument of the Creators previously
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Ben Bova, Author Spectra Books $5.99 (0p) ISBN 978-0-553-56289-7
Bova ( Mars ) takes us on a trip to a part of the universe where the men are real men and the women are willing. Bova's latest is a kind of pastiche of stories about Sam Gunn: former NASA employee, astronaut, entrepreneur and interstellar rascal....
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Ben Bova, Author William Morrow & Company $24 (283p) ISBN 978-0-380-97518-1
The quest for human immortality is ongoing in science labs around the world, and the possibility is now closer to science fact than fiction, claims Bova, who as a veteran and prolific author of science books (Space Travel, etc.) and SF (Moonwar, etc.
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Ben Bova, Author, Bill Pogue, With Tor Books $19.95 (309p) ISBN 978-0-312-85024-1
This collaboration by veteran SF author Bova ( Voyagers ) and astronaut Pogue ( How Do You Go to the Bathroom in Space? ) is set in 1998 and extrapolates from such recent phenomena as the ongoing ecological crisis, the collapse of Soviet communism...
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Ben Bova, Author, A. J. Austin, With Tor Books $21.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-312-85449-2
This weak sequel to the authors' To Save the Sun tries to invoke the look and feel of old-time science fiction. Adela de Montgarde, creator of the prequel's eponymous project, is revived after 200 years of ``cryosleep'' to find that her son Eric is...
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Ben Bova, Author, Moira Quick, Read by, Moira Quirk, Read by MacMillan Audio $39.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-59397-501-2
After secretly infiltrating a scientific mission on Mercury, a disgraced yet brilliant scientist exacts his revenge on those who framed him in this flawed, yet accessible and fun, hard SF novel, the latest in Bova's Grand Tour series (and the best...
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Ben Bova, Author, Pat Rowlings, Illustrator, Pat Rawlings, Illustrator Ballantine Books $9.95 (254p) ISBN 978-0-345-32859-5
With the premise that man returns to the moon in 1999 and establishes a permanent base there by 2020, science fiction author and editor Bova here fashions an intriguing ""manual'' for pioneers arriving at the lunar community. With 50 detailed...
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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Author, Ben Bova, Author St. Martin's Press $17.95 (566p) ISBN 978-0-312-93026-4
Yarbro's romantic, colorful cycle of historical horror novels (Hotel Transylvania, Blood Games) focuses this time on Olivia, the noble Roman lady who became a lover of the vampire Count Sanct' Germain in the time of Nero. Hundreds of years later, in
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Ben Bova. Tor, $27.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-250-29654-2
Bova continues his ambitious project of exploring a near-future human-colonized solar system (which began with 1992’s Mars) with this all-too-conventional space adventure, the first of the Outer Planets trilogy. Raven Marchesi flees a life of...
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Ben Bova. Blackstone, $24.99 (326p) ISBN 978-1-094000-92-3
Though the 14 stories in this collection represent Bova’s personal favorites out of the more than 100 stories he has published, even his die-hard fans will be disappointed to find that none hold a candle to the ingenuity of his best novels, among...
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Ben Bova. Tor, $28.99 (240p) ISBN 978-1-250-29662-7
Hugo Award–winner Bova (1932–2020) isn’t at his best in the second novel of his Outer Planets trilogy (after 2020’s Uranus); the inventiveness that marked the author’s strongest books is absent in a volume that ends up feeling like a lengthy tease....
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Ben Bova. Tor, $29.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-7653-9719-5
Bova’s Grand Tour series shows its age in this 22nd installment (after 2013’s New Earth); the vision of the future is dated, the prose is tepid, and the plot, which centers on an average person caught up in a criminal conspiracy, is old hat. After a
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Ben Bova & Doug Beason. Tor, $26.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-250-30743-9
Bova (the Grand Tour series) and Beason (Kill Zone) misfire with this uninspired sci-fi thriller, which reads like a mash-up of Die Hard and Apollo 13 set in the near future. Kimberly Hadid-Robinson is the senior ranking American astronaut on the...
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Ben Bova. CAEZIK, $28.50 (236p) ISBN 978-1-64710-018-6
The fourth Power novel (after Power Failure) from the late Bova (1932–2020) feels like two stories tied loosely together: a thoughtful, slow-burning narrative about the political fight to put man back on the moon, followed by an action-packed,...
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