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farsideI’ve been a fan of Ben Bova since I was in High School and have read many of his books including Mars and Jupiter, but it’s been a while since I have read any other of his works. I decided to jump back Bova‘s Grand Tour series after reading the description for the Farside novel. I’m three quarters of the way through the book of the story that follower a group of scientists trying to build a large telescope on the far side of the Moon in order to get the first images of a Earth-like planet discovered around a distant star and the challenges that are standing in the way of them accomplishing their goal. One thing that I love about Bova‘s works is that his stories are easy to read, as well as well written and thought out. Farside may not be as good as Mars was all those years ago, but I am enjoying what I have read so far. I am also looking forward to reading New Earth, Titan, Saturn, and Venus at some point in the future.

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space_travel_bova_lweisI have come to learn that it takes a lot of planning and…planning if you want to write a good story. Plot is a part of it, but so to is character development. And a good plot is built by character conflict however, many other characters go into writing a story, like knowing what in the hell you’re talking about. I have many science fiction ideas that I have floating around in my head, but not until I picked up this book did I realize that I know very little about space or even traveling in space, and I realized this only after I was reading just a few pages of the book, so I’m glad I picked it up and look forward to learning all the things that I thought I knew but I guess now I know I didn’t. Beyond that Ben Bova is one of my favorite authors and I look forward to reading this book because of that reason alone.

One topic that has always interested me is the possibility of a war to end all wars. From the years of 1945 to 1991, such a fate loomed over the heads of every man, women, and child on Earth as the United States and The Soviet Union played an endless game of chicken with the nuclear arsenals. Expounding on this subject is a book written by arguably one of the greatest science fiction authors of our time, Ben Bova. Star Peace: Assured Survival looks at how we got to where we are in a world that almost saw complete and total destruction, and how we can survive.

Reading several section of the book tells me that Bova’s thoughts and arguments are well thought out as he provides not only a history, but a way to achieve something truly special – world peace.

I read Mars when I was in high school. It was one of those books whose plots sequences you never forget, and to this day I consider it one of the best books that I have ever read. I cannot, however, say the same for Return to Mars, but in all fairness I don’t remember much about it, which probably means that it didn’t blow me away like the first book in the sequence did. Regardless, Ben Bova is one of the greatest science fiction authors out there, so when my girlfriend got me a $25 gift certificate for books for my nook, Mars Life was one of the first books that I purchase as I have been looking for it in my local used book stores without any luck.

One of the authors that I have always liked is Ben Bova. I remember reading Mars when I was in high school and not being able to put it down until I was finished. If Saturn is half as good as Mars I will be a happy reader. Given Ben Bova‘s track record of putting out good to great science fiction, I’m not worried.

“I write historical novels that haven’t happened yet.”

“This can happen, … The moon is going to be the industrial center of all the things we do in space. It truly is a frontier. There is incredible wealth out there.”

-Ben Bova

Originally posted January 25, 2010

“I write historical novels that haven’t happened yet.”

“This can happen, … The moon is going to be the industrial center of all the things we do in space. It truly is a frontier. There is incredible wealth out there.”

-Ben Bova

 

Ben Bova 1974

Ben Bova 1974

Ben Bova has been hired as a consultant to provide technical details about what the near future may be like for a couple upcoming Hollywood movies, one of them being Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan.

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