Book Order by Author

Ben Bova Books in Order

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Ben Bova was born in Philadelphia on November 8, 1932. In 1996 he earned a Ph.D. in education from California Coast University.

Bova worked as a technical writer for Project Vanguard, and later, for the Avco Everett Research Laboratory, which conducted laser and fluid dynamics research.

After John W. Campbell died in 1971, Bova took over as editor of Analog Science Fact & Fiction in 1972. Bova was the science advisor for the television series The Starlost in 1973. He resigned due to a lack of “contractual right to remove his name from the credits.”  In his novel The Starcrossed, he portrayed his friend and colleague Harlan Ellison as “Ron Gabriel.”

He was the Author’s Guest of Honor at the 58th World Science Fiction Convention in 2000. In 2007, he started working with Silver Pictures on Altered Carbon, a movie based on Richard K. Morgan’s science-fiction novel.

Bova has written over 124 books in various genres.  He edited The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two, and The Nebula Awards Showcase. He created the Grand Tour novel series. The books talk about human exploration and colonization of the Solar System. The New York Times described Bova as “the last of the great pulp writers”

Ben Bova died on November 29th, 2020, at the age of 88.

Ben Bova Books in order

Watchmen/The Others

  1. The Star Conquerors (1959)
  2. Star Watchman (1964)
  3. The Dueling Machine (1969)


  1. Exiled from Earth (1971)
  2. Flight of Exiles (1972)
  3. End of Exile (1975)


  1. Kinsman (1979)


  1. Voyagers (1981)
  2. The Alien Within (1986)
  3. Star Brothers (1990)
  4. The Return (2009)


  1. Orion (1984)
  2. Vengeance of Orion (1988)
  3. Orion In The Dying Time (1990)
  4. Orion and the Conqueror (1994)
  5. Orion Among the Stars (1995)
  6. Orion and King Arthur (2001)

The Grand Tour

  1. Privateers (1985)
  2. Mars (1992)
  3. Empire Builders (1993)
  4. Return to Mars (1999)
  5. Venus (2000)
  6. Jupiter (2000)
  7. Saturn (2003)
  8. Mercury (2005)
  9. Powersat (2005)
  10. Titan (2006)
  11. Mars Life (2008)
  12. Leviathans of Jupiter (2011)
  13. Farside (2013)
  14. New Earth (2013)
  15. Earth (2019)

Star Quest Trilogy

  1. Death Wave (2015)
  2. Apes and Angels (2016)
  3. Survival (2017)

Outer Planets

  1. Uranus (2020)
  2. Neptune (2021)

Sam Gunn

  1. Sam Gunn Unlimited (1992)
  2. Sam Gunn Forever (1998)
  3. The Sam Gunn Omnibus: New Stories (2007)
  4. Sam Gunn Jr. (2022)

Moonbase Saga

  1. Moonrise (1996)
  2. Moonwar (1997)

The Asteroid Wars

  1. The Precipice (2001)
  2. The Rock Rats (2002)
  3. The Silent War (2004)
  4. Aftermath (2007)

Billionaire’s Club

  1. Mars, Inc. (2013)

Jake Ross

  1. Power Play (2012)
  2. Power Surge (2015)
  3. Power Failure (2018)

Standalone Novels

  1. The Weather-Makers (1967)
  2. Out of the Sun (1968)
  3. Escape! (1970)
  4. THX 1138 (1971)
  5. As On A Darkling Plain (1972)
  6. The Winds of Altair (1973)
  7. When the Sky Burned (1973)
  8. Gremlins Go Home (1974)
  9. The Starcrossed (1975)
  10. City Of Darkness (1976)
  11. Multiple Man (1976)
  12. Colony (1978)
  13. Test of Fire (1982)
  14. The Peacekeepers (1988)
  15. Cyberbooks (1989)
  16. The Trikon Deception (1992)
  17. Triumph (1993)
  18. Death Dream (1994)
  19. Brothers (1995)
  20. The Green Trap (2006)
  21. The Immortality Factor (2009)
  22. Able One (2010)
  23. The Hittite (2010)
  24. Transhuman (2014)
  25. Rescue Mode (2014)
  26. Space Station Down (2020)

Short Stories/Novellas

  1. The Next Logical Step (2010)

Short Story Collections

  1. Forward In Time (1973)
  2. Maxwell’s Demons (1978)
  3. Escape Plus (1984)
  4. The Astral Mirror (1985)
  5. Prometheans (1986)
  6. Battle Station (1990)
  7. Future Crime (1990)
  8. Challenges (1993)
  9. Twice Seven (1998)
  10. The Towers of Titan and Other Stories (2010)
  11. The Callahan Kids (2012)
  12. New Frontiers (2014)
  13. Mercury and Prometheans (2015)
  14. The Best of Bova (2016)
  15. The Best of Bova, Volume II (2016)
  16. The Best of Bova, Volume III (2017)
  17. My Favorites (2020)

Standalone Non-fiction

  1. Man Changes the Weather (1973)
  2. Starflight and Other Improbabilities, (1973)
  3. The Fourth State of Matter (1974)
  4. Workshops in Space (1974)
  5. Notes to a Science Fiction Writer (1975)
  6. Science–Who Needs It? (1975)
  7. Viewpoint (1977)
  8. Closeup, New Worlds (1977)
  9. The Seeds of Tomorrow (1977)
  10. High Road (1981)
  11. Star Peace (1986)
  12. Welcome to Moon Base (1987)
  13. Interactions (1988)
  14. The Beauty of Light (1988)
  15. Immortality (1990)
  16. First Contact (1990)
  17. Are We Alone In The Cosmos? The Guide To The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence (1992)
  18. The Craft of Writing Science Fiction That Sells (1994)
  19. The Story of Light (2001)
  20. Faint Echoes, Distant Stars (2004)

Science Fiction Writing Books

  1. Aliens and Alien Societies (1996)

Similar authors

  • Philip K. Dick’s VALIS trilogy was inspired by the author’s visions and other inexplicable phenomena.
  • Arthur C. Clarke’s and Stephen Baxter’s A Time Odyssey series – a science fiction trilogy.
  • Stephen Baxter‘s Manifold series follows the main protagonist Reid Malenfant, an ambitious entrepreneur, and a former astronaut. Each tale begins on Earth, in a somewhat mundane near future. It gradually evolves into the far future and deep space.

See also: Expeditionary Force Books in Order.

Most recommended books

  1. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume II A (The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, #2A) (4.32 Goodreads score)
  2. Moonwar (The Grand Tour, #6; Moonbase Saga, #2) (3.90 Goodreads score)
  3. Jupiter (The Grand Tour, #9) (3.88 Goodreads score)
  4. Return to Mars (The Grand Tour, #7)  (3.88 Goodreads score)
  5. Mars (The Grand Tour, #4) (3.85 Goodreads score)


He was awarded the Robert A. Heinlein Award in 2008 for his work in science fiction. Bova won six Hugo Awards At Analog for Best Professional Editor.

Latest releases

The latest book published by Ben Bova was Sam Gunn Jr., released in 2022.

Book summaries

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The Star Conquerors (1959)

To Explore New Worlds… and Resistance is Futile… all found their home here first with Star Watch Captain Geoffrey Knowland in what some say is a virtual blueprint for Star Trek.

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Star Watchman (1964)

When humans clash with humanoids, the outcome is bloodcurdling….

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The Dueling Machine (1969)

The trouble with great ideas is that someone is sure to expend enormous effort and ingenuity figuring out how to louse them up.

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Exiled from Earth (1971)

A powerful world government has scientists transported from an overpopulated earth to a satellite on the eve of their discovery of a method to modify the human embryo.

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Flight of Exiles (1972)

A group of scientists and other space travelers face life-or-death decisions after their spacecraft is damaged by fire.

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End of Exile (1975)

Born and brought up on a spaceship that is slowly deteriorating, Linc discovers its secrets and the way to get the remaining occupants to their ultimate destination.

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Kinsman (1979)

Stated First Printing bound in black cloth. A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket.

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Voyagers (1981)

Keith Stoner, ex-astronaut turned physicist, knows the signal that his research station is receiving from space is not random. Whatever it is, it’s real.And it’s headed straight for Earth.He’ll do anything to be the first man to go out to confront this enigma. Even lose the only woman he’s ever really loved.And maybe start a world war.

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The Alien Within (1986)

Eighteen years ago, astronaut Keith Stoner had been the American member of a joint U.S.–Soviet mission to capture an alien ship that had entered the solar system. It was the greatest adventure in the history of Earth—but disaster struck when a bomb placed on the Soviet craft forced its recall. Stoner refused to return to Earth, staying behind in the strange ship alone where he fell into suspended animation.Jo Camerata, the ambitious young student who fell in love with Stoner, is now head of Vanguard Industries. Jo’s dogged determination has forced the recovery of the alien ship, and now her company is in control of the vast new technology—and in control of Keith Stoner. What Camerata doesn’t know, however, is that when Stoner wakes, someone else awakens, too. The alien presence in Stoner’s mind that has kept him alive all these years is now free, and intends to explore the world.And it will let nothing stand in its way.

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Star Brothers (1990)

Keith Stoner lay frozen in an alien spacecraft for fifteen long years; during that time he came to be something more than just an astronaut, just a man. Stoner became partly alien hismelf–merged with an alien intelligence embodied in the nanotechnology that lived inside Stoner’s body.The alien whose tomb that spacecraft was, brought humanity both a blessing and a deadly peril. The technology now the control of Vanguard Industries has changed the face of the earth. The technology that lives in Stoner’s bloodstream will change mankind forever.There are powerful leaders, both corporate and political, who are becoming aware of Keith Stoner and the power he seems to control. They want that power for themselves, and will do anything to gain it. Nothing Stoner can say or do will convince these ruthless men and women that the power they seek may destroy them utterly.

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The Return (2009)

In the 1980s, an alien starship visited Earth. While investigating what appeared to be a sarcophagus bearing the preserved body of its builder, astronaut Keith Stoner was trapped and cryogenically frozen. After his body was eventually returned to Earth and revived, Stoner discovered that he had acquired alien powers. Using these new powers, he built a new starship and left Earth.Now, after more than a century of exploring the stars, Keith Stoner returns to find that the world he has come back to does not match the one he left. The planet is suffering the consequences of disastrous greenhouse flooding. Most nations have been taken over by ultraconservative religion-based governments, such as the New Morality in the United States. With population ballooning and resources running out, Earth is heading for nuclear war. Stoner, the star voyager, wants to save Earth’s people. But first he must save himself from the frightened and ambitious zealots who want to destroy this stranger—and the terrifying message he brings from the stars.

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Orion (1984)

John O’Ryan is not a god . . . not exactly. He is an eternal warrior destined to combat the Dark Lord through all time for dominion of the Earth. Follow him, servant of a great race, as he battles his enemy down the halls of time, from the caves of our ancestors to the final confrontation under the hammer of nuclear annihilation.

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Vengeance of Orion (1988)

Fresh from a space battle, Orion finds himself thrust back in time to confront gods in the ancient world, to Greece where he must prevent the Greek army from destroying the citadel of Troy, to Jericho to bring down the walls, to Egypt… If he fails, he will lose the only woman he has ever loved. But if he succeeds, the history of the world will be changed forever.

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Orion In The Dying Time (1990)

Time-traveling to the end of the Cretaceous Period where the Earth is in the grip of the dinosaurs, Orion and the love of his life must save the Creators—and the universe—from the satanic reptilian leader of the saurians.

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Orion and the Conqueror (1994)

Orion—more than human, less than a god, cast away on the seas of Time to do battle among the godlike Creators for the future of mankind. Now the eternal warrior finds himself separated from his great love, Anya, and marooned in Macedonia under the reign of Phillip—fighting alongside the young Alexander the Great, and at the mercy of a Queen Olympias who is far more than she seems.

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Orion Among the Stars (1995)

The superhuman, time-traveling Orion leads interstellar warriors in a galactic war among the gods themselves.

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Orion and King Arthur (2001)

Orion has fought across time and space at the whims of his Creators, godlike beings from the future who toy with human history like spoiled children playing with dolls. Orion has been both assassin and hero, all the while striving to be reunited with Anya, the ageless goddess who is his one true love.Now Orion finds himself in Britain in the years after the Romans abandoned the island kingdom. Minor kings and warlords feud among themselves even as invading hordes threaten to sweep over the land. There Orion befriends a young warrior named Arthur, who dreams of uniting his quarreling countrymen and driving the invaders from their lands. Along with a few brave comrades, Arthur hopes to the stem the tide of barbarism and create a new era of peace and prosperity.But Orion’s Creator, Aten, has other plans for the timeline. Arthur’s noble ambitions interfere with Aten’s far-reaching schemes to reshape history to his own ends. He wants Arthur dead and forgotten—but Orion does not.Orion will battle the gods themselves to see that Arthur fulfills his destiny. But can even he save Arthur from the tragedy that awaits him?

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Privateers (1985)

The U.S. has abandoned its quest for the stars, and an old enemy has moved in to fill the void. The potential wealth of the universe is now in malevolent hands. Rebel billionaire Dan Randolph — possessor of the largest privately owned company in space — intends to weaken the stranglehold the new despotic masters of the solar system have on the lucrative ore industry. But when the mineral-rich asteroid he sets in orbit around the Earth is commandeered by the enemy, and his unarmed workers are slaughtered in cold blood, the course of Randolph’s life is changed forever.Now cataclysm is aimed at the exposed heart of America — a potential catastrophe that Randolph himself inadvertently set in motion. And the maverick entrepreneur must use his skills, cunning, and vast resources to strike out at his foes hard, fast and with ruthless precision — and wear proudly the mantle that fate thrust upon him: space pirate!

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Mars (1992)

Jamie Waterman is a young Navaho geologist who is picked for the ground team of the first manned expedition to Mars. He will be joining an international team of astronauts and scientists. But once the crew land on the red planet, they soon discover they must battle not only the alien land on which they have invaded but earthbound bureaucrats as well. When they come face to face with a chasm ten times as deep and large as the Grand Canyon, all twenty-five astronauts must face the most shocking discovery of all . . .

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Empire Builders (1993)

Dan Randolph never plays by the rules. A hell-raising maverick with no patience for fools, he is admired by his friends, feared by his enemies, and desired by the world’s loveliest women. Acting as a twenty-first privateer, Randolph broke the political strangle-hold on space exploration, and became one of the world’s richest men in the bargain.Now an ecological crisis threatens Earth–and the same politicians that Randolph outwitted the first time want to impose a world dictatorship to deal with it.Dan Randolph knows that the answer lies in more human freedom, not less–and in the boundless resources of space. But can he stay free long enough to give the world that chance?

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Return to Mars (1999)

Jamie Waterman is returning to the red planet, this time in charge of an expedition in which he hopes to demonstrate that one can study Martian life not only for the sake of the pursuit but more, that it can be profitable. Waterman also hopes to revisit a part of the canyon where he thought he spied a primitive cliff dwelling during the first Martian mission. But this second voyage to Mars brings trouble right away as Waterman clashes with Dex Trumball, the son of a billionaire who is backing the expedition. Dex wants to turn the planet into a tourist attraction, while Waterman wants to preserve the planet solely for scientific research. As their rivalry heats up—both professionally and personally—Waterman is faced with betrayal and sabotage. But the planet still guards its most closely held secrets . . . discoveries that could change what everyone thought they knew about Mars—and life in space . . .

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Venus (2000)

The surface of Venus is the most hellish place in the solar system. The ground is hot enough to melt aluminum. The air pressure is so high it has crushed spacecraft landers as though they were tin cans. The sky is perpetually covered with clouds of sulfuric acid. The atmosphere is a choking mixture of carbon dioxide and poisonous gases.This is where Van Humphries must go. Or die trying.His older brother perished in the first attempt to land a man on Venus, years before, and his father had always hated Van for surviving when his brother died. Now his father is offering a ten billion dollar prize to the first person to land on Venus and return his oldest son’s remains.To everyone’s surprise, Van takes up the offer. But what Van Humphries will find on Venus will change everything–our understanding of Venus, of global warming on Earth, and his knowledge of who he is.

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Jupiter (2000)

Grant Archer only wanted to study astrophysics. But the forces of the “New Morality,” the coalition of censorious do-gooders who run 21st-century America, have other plans for him.To his distress, Grant is torn from his young bride and sent to a research station in orbit around Jupiter, to spy on the scientists who work there. Their work may lead to the discovery of higher life forms in the Jovian system-with implications the New Morality doesn’t like at all.What Grant’s would-be controllers don’t know is that his loyalty to science may be greater than his desire for a quiet life. But that loyalty will be tested in a mission as dangerous as any ever undertaken-a mission to the middle reaches of Jupiter’s endless atmosphere, a place where hydrogen flows as a liquid, and cyclones larger than planets rage for centuries at a time.What lurks there is more than anyone has counted on…and stranger than anyone could possibly have imagined.

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Saturn (2003)

Second in size only to Jupiter, bigger than a thousand Earths but light enough to float in water, home of crushing gravity and delicate, seemingly impossible rings, it dazzles and attracts us:SATURNEarth groans under the thumb of fundamentalist political regimes. Crisis after crisis has given authoritarians the upper hand. Freedom and opportunity exist in space, for those with the nerve and skill to run the risks.Now the governments of Earth are encouraging many of their most incorrigible dissidents to join a great ark on a one-way expedition, twice Jupiter’s distance from the Sun, to Saturn, the ringed planet that baffled Galileo and has fascinated astronomers ever since.But humans will be human, on Earth or in the heavens-so amidst the idealism permeating Space Habitat Goddard are many individuals with long-term schemes, each awaiting the tight moment. And hidden from them is the greatest secret of all, the real purpose of this expedition, known to only a few…

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Mercury (2005)

The closest planet to our Sun, Mercury is a rocky, barren, heat-scorched world. But there are those who hope to find wealth in its desolation.Saito Yamagata thinks Mercury’s position will make it an ideal orbit point for satellites that could someday create enough power to propel starships into deep space. He hires Dante Alexios to bring his dreams to life. Astrobiologist Victor Molina thinks the water at Mercury’s poles may harbor evidence of life, and hopes to achieve fame and glory by proving it. Bishop Elliot Danvers has been sent by the powerful Earth-based “New Morality” to keep close tabs on Molina’s endeavors, which threaten to produce results contrary to fundamentalist teachings.Three of these men are blissfully unaware of their shared history and how it ties into one of mankind’s greatest tragedies. Years before, visionary engineer Mance Bracknell made his own attempt to help man progress into space by building a ladder to the stars: a glistening tower stretching thousands of miles into the air, anchored by spans of steel to a satellite in geosynchronous orbit. But technological endeavor was no match for human passions, and greed and jealousy provoked terrorists to an act of sabotage that resulted in the death of millions.There’s no telling how many more will have to die before Mance has his revenge…

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Powersat (2005)

Two hundred thousand feet up, things go horribly wrong. An experimental low-orbit spaceplane breaks up on reentry, falling to earth over a trail hundreds of miles long. And it its wake is the beginning of the most important mission in the history of space.America needs energy, and Dan Randolph is determined to give it to them. He dreams of an array of geosynchronous powersats, satellites which gather solar energy and beam it to generators on Earth, freeing America from its addiction to fossil fuels and breaking the power of the oil cartels forever. But the wreck of the spaceplane has left his company, Astro Manufacturing, on the edge of bankruptcy.Worse, Dan discovers that the plane worked perfectly right up until the moment that saboteurs knocked it out of the sky. And whoever brought it down is willing and able to kill again to keep Astro grounded.Now Dan has to thread a dangerous maze. The visible threats are bad enough: Rival firms want to buy him out and take control of his dreams. His former lover wants to co-opt his unlimited-energy ideal as a campaign plank for the candidate she’s grooming for the presidency. NASA and the FAA want to shut down his maverick firm. And his creditors are breathing down his neck.Making matters even more dangerous, an international organization of terrorists sees the powersat as a threat to their own oil-based power. And they’ve figured out how to use it as a weapon in their war against the West.A sweeping mix of space, murder, romance, politics, secrets, and betrayal, Powersat will take you to the edge of space and the dawning of a new world.

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Titan (2006)

2095. After long months of travel, the gigantic colony ship Goddard has at last made orbit around Saturn, carrying a population of more than of 10,000 dissidents, rebels, extremists, and visionaries seeking a new life. Among Goddard’s missions is the study of Titan, which offers the tantalizing possibility that life may exist amid its windswept islands and chill black seas.When the exploration vessel Titan Alpha mysteriously fails after reaching the moon’s surface, long buried tensions surface among the colonists. Eduoard Urbain, the mission’s chief scientist, is wracked with anxiety and despair as he sees his life’s work unravel. Malcolm Eberly, Goddard’s chief administrator, takes ruthless measures to hold onto power as a rash of suspicious incidents threaten to undermine his authority. Holly Lane, the colony’s human-resources director, must confront the station’s powerful leaders to protect the lives of its people. And retired astronaut Manuel Gaeta is forced to risk his life in a last, desperate attempt to salvage the lost probe.Torn by intrigue, sabotage, and an awesome discovery that could threaten human space exploration, a handful of courageous men and women must fight for the survival of their colony, and for the destiny of the human race.

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Mars Life (2008)

Jamie Waterman discovered the cliff dwelling on Mars, and the fact that an intelligent race lived on the red planet sixty-five million years ago, only to be driven into extinction by the crash of a giant meteor. Now the exploration of Mars is itself under threat of extinction, as the ultraconservative New Morality movement gains control of the U.S. government and cuts off all funding for the Mars program.Meanwhile, Carter Carleton, an anthropologist who was driven from his university post by unproven charges of rape, has started to dig up the remains of a Martian village. Science and politics clash on two worlds as Jamie desperately tries to save the Mars program and uncover who the vanished Martians were.

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Leviathans of Jupiter (2011)

In Ben Bova’s novel JUPITER, physicist Grant Archer led an expedition into Jupiter’s hostile planetwide ocean, attempting to study the unusual and massive creatures that call the planet their home. Unprepared for the hostile environment and crushing pressures, Grant’s team faced certain death as their ship malfunctioned and slowly sank to the planet’s depths. However one of Jupiter’s native creatures–a city-sized leviathan–saved the doomed ship. This creature’s act convinced Grant that the huge creatures were intelligent, but he lacked scientific proof.Now, several years later, Grant prepares a new expedition to prove once and for all that the huge creatures are intelligent. The new team faces dangers from both the hostile environment and from humans who will do anything to make sure the mission is a failure, even if it means murdering the entire crew.

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Farside (2013)

Farside, the side of the Moon that never faces Earth, is the ideal location for an astronomical observatory. It is also the setting for a tangled web of politics, personal ambition, love, jealousy, and murder.Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some thirty light-years away. Now the race is on to get pictures of that distant world, photographs and spectra that will show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth, and if it bears life.Farside will include the largest optical telescope in the solar system as well as a vast array of radio antennas, the most sensitive radio telescope possible, insulated from the interference of Earth’s radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the Moon’s solid body.Building the Farside observatory is a complex, often dangerous task. On the airless surface of the Moon, under constant bombardment of hard radiation and infalling micrometeoroids, builders must work in cumbersome spacesuits and use robotic machines as much as possible. Breakdowns—mechanical and emotional—are commonplace. Accidents happen, some of them fatal.What they find stuns everyone, and the human race will never be the same.

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New Earth (2013)

The entire world is thrilled by the discovery of a new Earthlike planet. Advance imaging shows that the planet has oceans of liquid water and a breathable oxygen-rich atmosphere. Eager to gain more information, a human exploration team is soon dispatched to explore the planet, now nicknamed New Earth.All of the explorers understand that they are essentially on a one-way mission. The trip takes eighty years each way, so even if they are able to get back to Earth, nearly 200 years will have elapsed. They will have aged only a dozen years thanks to cryonic suspension, but their friends and family will be gone and the very society that they once knew will have changed beyond recognition. The explorers are going into exile, and they know it. They are on this mission not because they were the best available, but because they were expendable.Upon landing on the planet they discover something unexpected: New Earth is inhabited by a small group of intelligent creatures who look very much like human beings.Who are these people? Are they native to this world, or invaders from elsewhere?While they may seem inordinately friendly to the human explorers, what are their real motivations? What do they want?Moreover, the scientists begin to realize that this planet cannot possibly be natural. They face a startling and nearly unthinkable question: Could New Earth be an artifact?

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Earth (2019)

A wave of lethal gamma radiation is expanding from the core of the Milky Way galaxy at the speed of light, killing everything in its path. The countdown to when the death wave will reach Earth and the rest of the solar system is at two thousand years.Humans were helped by the Predecessors, who provided shielding generators that can protect the solar system. In return, the Predecessors asked humankind’s help to save other intelligent species that are in danger of being annihilated.But what of Earth? With the Death Wave no longer a threat to humanity, humans have spread out and colonized all the worlds of the solar system. The technology of the Predecessors has made Earth a paradise, at least on the surface. But a policy of exiling discontented young people to the outer planets and asteroid mines has led to a deep divide between the new worlds and the homeworld, and those tensions are about to explode into open war.

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Death Wave (2015)

In the precursor to the Star Quest Trilogy, New Earth, Jordan Kell led the first human mission beyond the solar system. They discovered the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. But one alien AI survived, and it revealed to Jordan Kell that an explosion in the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy has created a wave of deadly radiation, expanding out from the core toward Earth. Unless the human race acts to save itself, all life on Earth will be wiped out.When Kell and his team return to Earth, many years after their departure, they find that their world has changed almost beyond recognition. Not only has a second wave of greenhouse flooding caused sea levels to rise, but society has been changed by the consequences of the climate shift. Few people want to face Jordan Kell’s news. He must convince Earth’s new rulers that the human race is in danger of extinction unless it acts to forestall the death wave coming from the galaxy’s heart.

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Apes and Angels (2016)

Humankind headed out to the stars not for conquest, nor exploration, nor even for curiosity. Humans went to the stars in a desperate crusade to save intelligent life wherever they found it.A wave of death is spreading through the Milky Way galaxy, an expanding sphere of lethal gamma radiation that erupted from the galaxy’s core twenty-eight thousand years ago and now is approaching Earth’s vicinity at the speed of light. Every world it touched was wiped clean of all life. But it’s possible to protect a planet from gamma radiation. Earth is safe.Now, guided by the ancient intelligent machines called the Predecessors, men and women from Earth seek out those precious, rare worlds that harbor intelligent species, determined to save them from the doom that is hurtling toward them.The crew of the Odysseus has arrived at Mithra Gamma, the third planet of the star Mithra, to protect the stone-age inhabitants from the Death Wave. But they’ll also have to protect themselves.

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Survival (2017)

In Surivival, a human team sent to scout a few hundred lightyears in front of the death wave encounters a civilization far in advance of our own, a civilization of machine intelligences.These sentient, intelligent machines have existed for eons, and have survived earlier “death waves,” gamma ray bursts from the core of the galaxy. They are totally self-sufficient, completely certain that the death wave cannot harm them, and utterly uninterested in helping to save other civilizations, organic or machine.But now that the humans have discovered them, they refuse to allow them to leave their planet, reasoning that other humans will inevitably follow if they learn of their existence.

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Uranus (2020)

On a privately financed orbital habitat above the planet Uranus, political idealism conflicts with pragmatic, and illegal, methods of financing. Add a scientist who has funding to launch a probe deep into Uranus‘s ocean depths to search for signs of life, and you have a three-way struggle for control.Humans can’t live on the gas giants, making instead a life in orbit. Kyle Umber, a religious idealist, has built Haven, a sanctuary above the distant planet Uranus. He invites ”the tired, the sick, the poor“ of Earth to his orbital retreat where men and women can find spiritual peace and refuge from the world.The billionaire who financed Haven, however, has his own designs: beyond the reach of the laws of the inner planets Haven could become the center for an interplanetary web of narcotics, prostitution, even hunting human prey.Meanwhile a scientist has gotten funding from the Inner Planets to drop remote probes into the “oceans” of Uranus, in search of life. He brings money and prestige, but he also brings journalists and government oversight to Haven. And they can’t have that.

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Neptune (2021)

In the future, humanity has spread throughout the solar system, on planets and moons once visited only by robots or explored at a distance by far-voyaging spacecraft. No matter how hostile or welcoming the environment, mankind has forged a path and found a home.In the far reaches of the solar system, the outer planets—billions of miles from Earth, unknown for millennia—are being settled. Neptune, the ice giant, is swathed in clouds of hydrogen, helium, and methane and circled by rings of rock and dust. Three years ago, Ilona Magyr’s father, Miklos, disappeared while exploring the seas of Neptune. Everyone believes he is dead—crushed, frozen, or boiled alive in Neptune’s turbulent seas.With legendary space explorer Derek Humbolt piloting her ship and planetary scientist Jan Meitner guiding the search, Ilona Magyr knows she will find her father—alive—on Neptune.Her plans are irrevocably altered when she and her team discover the wreckage of an alien ship deep in Neptune’s ocean, a discovery which changes humanity’s understanding of its future…and its past.

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Sam Gunn Unlimited (1992)

The men and women who loved or hated the solar system’s most infamous space cowboy, Sam Gunn, recount the rollicking story of his life. From the pen of the author who will have “the greatest effect on the scientific world and the world as a whole

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Sam Gunn Forever (1998)

The incorrigible Sam Gunn, an interplanetary con man with a Napoleonic complex, undertakes a new set of adventures that have him scheming his way from one end of the solar system to the other.

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The Sam Gunn Omnibus: New Stories (2007)

The Irrepressible Sam GunnA hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women—though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained…and dumped.But more than money, more than women, Sam Gunn loves justice. (And he really does love money and women.) Whether he’s suing the Pope, helping twin sisters entangled in the “virtual sex” trade, or on trial for his life on charges of interplanetary genocide, you can be sure of one thing: this is one space jockey who’ll meet every challenge with a smile on his lips, an ace up his sleeve…and a weapon in his pocket.Now, for the first time between covers, Hugo-winner Ben Bova presents all the tales of Sam Gunn to date, including three never before collected in book form. Here is the entire chronicle of Sam Gunn, trailblazer and scoundrel, as he scams his way from one end of the Solar System to the other, giving bold new meaning to the term “venture capitalist.”

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Sam Gunn Jr. (2022)

Intergalactic explorer, venture capitalist, and Casanova Sam Gunn may be gone, but his legacy lives on in his son, Sam Gunn Jr.In his first-ever adventure, Sam Gunn Jr. sets off to fulfill his father’s left-behind mission of interplanetary enterprising. He soon learns his father’s shoes are tough to fill, but he is up for the task. Junior takes a journey through the stars, falling in love with beautiful women and leaving his unique mark everywhere he ventures. Soon, however, this trip through the universe takes a dangerous turn when Junior lands on Saturn and learns about a recent scientific discovery that will change everything, possibly forever.Will he be able to save the universe and live up to his father’s name? Take an unforgettable ride through space in master sci-fi author Ben Bova’s exciting novel!

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Moonrise (1996)

In the twenty-first century, the world is on the brink of a scientific renaissance, about to birth a future where space has become privatized and the moon transforms into a fertile commercial ground. As former astronaut Paul Stavenger works to turn a handful of abandoned government moon shelters into a full-fledged moonbase, powerful corporate lobbies align against him. Against the neo-Luddites is Masterson Aerospace, a company funding and creating major scientific breakthroughs. But Masterson is nearly crippled when its CEO commits suicide and his wife, Joanna, backs her lover Paul Stavenger, the former astronaut, over her mentally unbalanced son Greg in the board election that follows her husband’s death. So begins a power struggle that leads to murder and the ultimate conflict over Moonbase.

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Moonwar (1997)

This fast-paced, high-tech adventure is the continuation of the story of Douglas Stavenger, the Kennedy-esque scion of Moonbase’s founding dynasty. While Moonbase has been flourishing under Stavenger’s management, it’s existence, and even Stavenger’s life, both depend on nanotechnology that has been outlawed on Earth in response to a wave of suspicion, fear, and violence. Soon, United Nations peacekeepers arrive on the moon to enforce the anti-nanotech laws, bringing with them intrepid news reporter Edith Elgin, who soon falls for Stavenger. Meanwhile, his mother has chosen to return to Earth, but upon arrival she is held hostage by the secretary general of the UN who wants Stavenger to surrender his forces—and to be killed. Slick politicians, beautiful television anchors, and calculating corporate barons provide complex and engaging scenery: imagine Washington in the space age, with nonstop action and cool technology.

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The Precipice (2001)

Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiraling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions. Randolph knows the energy and natural resources of space can save Earth’s economy, but the price may be the loss of the only thing he has left–the company he founded, Astro Manufacturing.Martin Humphries, fabulously wealthy heir of the Humphries Trust, also knows that space-based industry is the way of the future. But unlike Randolph, he doesn’t care if Earth perishes in the process. And he knows that the perfect bait to ensnare Dan Randolph–and take control of Astro–is his revolutionary new fusion propulsion system.As Randolph–accompanied by two fascinating women who are also brilliant astronauts–flies out to the Asteroid Belt aboard a fusion-propelled spacecraft, Humphries makes his move. The future of mankind lies in Randolph’s hands.The Asteroid Wars have begun.

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The Rock Rats (2002)

Visionary space industrialist Dan Randolph is dead-but his protégé, pilot Pancho Barnes, now sits on the board of his conglomerate. She has her work cut out for her. For Randolph’s rival, Martin Humphries, still wants to control Astro and still wants to drive independent asteroid miners like Lars Fuchs out of business. Humphries wants revenge against Pancho-and, most of all, he wants his old flame, Amanda, who has become Lars Fuchs’s wife.Brimming with memorable characters and human conflict, rugged high-tech prospectors and boardroom betrayals, The Rock Rats continues the tale of our near-future struggle over the incalculable wealth of the Asteroid Belt, the richest source of raw mineral wealth known to humankind. Before it ends, many will die-and many will achieve more than they ever dreamed was possible.

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The Silent War (2004)

When corporations go to war, standard business practice goes out the window. Astro Corporation is led by indomitable Texan Pancho Lane, Humphries Space Systems by the rich and ruthless Martin Humphries, and their fight is over nothing less than resources of the Asteroid Belt itself. As fighting escalates, the lines between commerce and politics, boardroom and bedroom, blur–and the keys to victory will include physics, nanotechnology, and cold hard cash.As they fight it out, the lives of thousands of innocents hang in the balance, including the rock rats who make their living off the asteroids, and the inhabitants of Selene City on Earth’s moon. As if matters weren’t complicated enough, the shadowy Yamagata corporation sets its sights on taking advantage of other people’s quarrels, and space pirate Lars Fuchs decides it’s time to make good on his own personal vendetta.

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Aftermath (2007)

In the wake of the Asteroid Wars that tore across the solar system, Victor Zacharius makes his living running the ore-carrier Syracuse. With his wife and two children he plies the Asteroid Belt, hauling whatever cargo can be found. When the Syracuse stumbles into the middle of a military attack on the habitat Chrysalis, Victor flees in a control pod to draw the attacker’s attention away from his family. Now, as his wife and children plunge into the far deeps of space, Victor has been rescued by the seductive Cheena Madagascar. He must do her bidding if he’s to have a prayer of ever seeing his family again.Elverda Apacheta is the solar system’s greatest sculptor. The cyborg Dorn was formerly Dorik Harbin, the ruthless military commander responsible for the attack on Chrysalis. Their lives and destinies have been linked by their joint discovery of the alien artifact that had, earlier, profoundly affected industrialist Martin Humphries. Similarly transformed by the artifact’s mysterious powers, Apacheta and Dorn now prowl the Belt, determined to find the bodies of the many victims of Harbin’s atrocities so that they can be given proper burials.Kao Yuan is the captain of Viking, owned by Martin Humphries, who’s determined to kill Dorn and Elverda because they know too much about the artifact and its power over him. But Viking’s second-in-command, Tamara Vishinsky, appears to have the real power on board ship. When Viking catches up to Apacheta and Dorn, their confrontation begins a series of events involving them, the Zacharius family, and Martin Humphries and his son in the transformation of the human solar system…

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Mars, Inc. (2013)

How do you get to the Red Planet? Not via a benighted government program trapped in red tape and bound by budget constrictions, that’s for sure. No, what it will take is a helping of adventure, science, corporate powerplays, a generous dollop of seduction—both in and out of the boardroom—and money, money, money!Art Thrasher knows this. He is a man with a driving vision: send humans to Mars. The government has utterly failed, but Thrasher has got the plan to accomplish such a feat: form a “club” or billionaires to chip in one billion a year until the dream is accomplished. But these are men and women who are tough cookies, addicted to a profitable bottom-line, and disdainful of pie-in-the-sky dreamers who want to use their cash to make somebody else’s dreams come true.But Thrasher is different from the other dreamers in an important regard: he’s a billionaire himself, and the president of a successful company. But it’s going to take all his wiles as a captain of industry and master manipulator of business and capital to overcome setbacks and sabotage—and get a rocket full of scientist, engineers, visionaries, and dreamers on their way to the Red Planet.The man for the job has arrived. Art Thrasher is prepared to do whatever it takes to humans on Mars—or die trying!

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Power Play (2012)

Dr. Jake Ross, a university astronomer, wants nothing more than to teach a few classes each semester and continue his research. Instead, he finds himself aggressively recruited to be the science advisor to Frank Tomlinson, an ambitious politician with his eye on the US Senate. Tomlinson is in need of an edge that will allow him to defeat his opponent at the polls, and Dr. Ross can contribute just that: MHD.MHD, or magnetohydrodynamics, is a new innovation that will allow electricity to be generated efficiently and cheaply. The Senate seat is essentially guaranteed if Tomlinson can deliver unlimited energy to voters at less than half the price of nuclear power. But MHD is still in its infancy, and although the outlook is extremely promising there are great – and deadly – risks.The incumbent senator will not give up his seat without a fight, and as Ross discovers, the world of politics carries its own dangers. Nothing has prepared him for the extreme tactics that desperate and powerful people are willing to use.

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Power Surge (2015)

Dr. Jake Ross came to Washington to make a difference. As the science advisor to a newly elected freshman senator, Jake has crafted a comprehensive energy plan that employs innovative new technologies to make America the world’s leader in energy production while simultaneously boosting the economy and protecting the environment. The facts – and the science – are on Jake’s side, but his plan soon runs afoul of entrenched special interests, well-funded lobbies, cynical bureaucrats, pork-barrel politics, and one very powerful US senator.To keep his plan alive and secure a sustainable future for America, Jake needs a crash course in the way Washington really works. Everyone keeps telling him that his plan has no hope of succeeding, but Jake is determined to prove them wrong even if it kills him…something that certain hostile parties may be all too happy to arrange.

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Power Failure (2018)

The Power trilogy combines the political thriller with nuts-and-bolts near future science fiction. Bova’s vision of a future powered by solar satellite transmission is tantalizingly within reach.

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The Weather-Makers (1967)

I want an explanation of what happened Friday night,” Rossman said.”Simple,” Ted said. “We proved that weather control works.””Don’t say we,” Marrett!” Rossman snapped. “It’s you; keep your friends out of it.” Rossman shuffled through his papers. “Do you know what this is? It’s an estimate of the cost to the Department of that plane’s flight over the ocean. “And this,” he pulled out a paper, “is a formal complaint from the Air Force about unauthorized persons being involved in their highly secret laser operations. Unauthorized. That’s you, Marrett!” Rossman glowered at Ted. “And do you realize that you ruined Dr. Barneveldt’s experiment?””When are you going to realize,” Ted demanded, “that we proved we can change the weather! Are you going to open your eyes or stand there blocking the way?”Rossman nearly turned purple and snapped, “Marrett, I will not have people sneaking be hind my back. And I will not tolerate insubordination. I’ll expect your resignation on my desk by the end of the day. You’re finished, Marrett. Finished!”

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Out of the Sun (1968)

Three virtually indestructible Cobra Mach 3 fighter planes crash and metals engineer Paul Sarko is asked to find out why. Amid spies and counterspies, with his own life in danger, Sarko takes the reamaining Cobra test model up over the Artic and stakes his own life on his hunch.

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Escape! (1970)

Danny wasn’t a bad kid at heart, but the government put Danny in prison for a long list of crimes, with no end to his sentence. He had to get back to his girl. He had to get back to Laurie. Watched over at all times by a Big Brother-like sentient computer, there was no way out of the escape-proof prison except to… Escape!

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THX 1138 (1971)

Visit the future where love is the ultimate crime. Meet the nameless man who dares to pit himself against the state. Star Wars director-author George Lucas’s original story of man’s war for humanity in the 25th century.

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As On A Darkling Plain (1972)

The discovery of huge alien machines operating on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is just the beginning of a nightmare for Dr. Sidney Lee. He is convinced that, without the intervention of his crew, these machines will destroy mankind.

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The Winds of Altair (1973)

With Earth struggling with too few resources for too many people, Jeff Holman heard the call to colonize the stars. Jeff signed up hoping for adventure, and hoping he could help save Earth’s teeming masses by creating a new world: Altair VI. Jeff is determined to make Altair a haven for the human race before Earth collapses.But Altair VI isn’t making it easy. The atmosphere needs to be terraformed, and the planet has a flourishing ecology that isn’t giving in. Living in a space station orbiting the planet, the scientists atttempt to wrest control of the planet by directly controlling the toughest beast at the top of the food chain: the Wolfcat. Jeff’s job is to take over the mind of a wolfcat and bend it to his will.Only Jeff learns a heart-wrenching secret from the wolfcat, a secret that leads to even deeper secrets that could unravel the entire plan to save humanity.

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When the Sky Burned (1973)

Born heir to the Moon, born by a father that deserted them for the lure of conquest on Earth, torn between them, which of his parents was offering him the key to the survival of humankind?

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Gremlins Go Home (1974)

These little dudes may be the stuff of legend, but they’re just as real as you and me. Far from the mythical, magical creatures of rumor, they are actually tiny aliens, marooned for centuries on this miserable mudball known as Earth. And they want just one thing: OFF!Now, human technology may finally make a reality of their dreams to leave this pathetic planet behind. NASA has a new rocket and it’s Mars-bound. All the gremlins need do is hijack it and set a course for their homeworld of Gremla.The only thing lacking is a hapless human accomplice . . .

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The Starcrossed (1975)

Television in the 21st century, where ratings are everything… Physicist Bill Oxford has just developed a device that can make the networks even more powerful, and now he is caught in the most vicious battle of the future: the ratings war!

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City Of Darkness (1976)

He’s passed his college entrance exams with flying colors. He can do pretty much whatever he wants. But what teenager Ron Morgan wants most is for his father to quit telling him what to do. Quit running his life. What better way to unwind than having a last blowout on Labor Day in the domed playground of Fun City: Manhattan.Inside the dome, however, Ron loses his wallet and identity card. Worse, he’s trapped when the dome closes for the season. There’s no way out. Gangs roam the street. Food is scarce. Ron is on his own.All Ron wanted was some fun. He’ll be lucky to escape New York alive….

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Multiple Man (1976)

As the President gives a speech in Boston, Meric Albano, the President’s Press Secretary discovers a body in an alley outside: The body of the President.Meric is suddenly drawn into a deadly mystery: Who is the real President? Who is the body? How did someone create a copy of the President? Who’s behind it, and why?

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Colony (1978)

In the Future, Everything is Different.But Nothing Has Changed.”The Earth has been poisoned by pollution, choked by overpopulation, and ravaged by the mindless greed of power-hungry corporations. A fragile peace is threatened by landless revolutionaries and global anarchy seems imminent.Yet a single ray of hope remains…”Island One is a celestial utopia, and David Adams is its most perfect creation—a man with a brain as advanced as any computer and a body free of human frailties. But David is a prisoner—a captive of the colony that created him—destined to spend the days of his life in an island-sized cylinder that circles a doomed and desperate home planet. Thousands of miles below him, a world trembles; its people cringe in terror and despair in anticipation of an impending apocalypse. And as Earth’s boundaries, fate has cast one extraordinary human in the role of savior. For David Adams has a plan—one that will ultimately ensure the salvation of his species… or its annihilation.

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Test of Fire (1982)

Earth has been devastated by a massive solar flare. Now a small group of survivors fights to rebuild civilization.Cities became ovens, grasslands seas of flame. As the touch of dawn swept westward across the spinning planet, its fiery finger killed everything in its path. Glaciers in Switzerland began to melt; floodwaters poured down on burning Alpine villages. Paris became a torch, then London. North of the Arctic Circle, Laplanders in their summer furs burst into flame as their reindeer collapsed and roasted on the smoking tundra.The line of dawn raced westward across the Atlantic, but as it did, the sun dimmed as quickly as it had flared.The Americas escaped the sun’s wrath … almost.

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The Peacekeepers (1988)

When four ancient cities are destroyed in a nuclear exchange, a force known as the Peacekeepers comes into being, charged with preventing any nation from attacking another with nuclear weapons. However, their power is soon challenged by a renegade terrorist with six nuclear bombs.

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Cyberbooks (1989)

Carl Lewis, the inventor of an electronic book, becomes involved in the Machiavellia world of publishing when he attempts to have his girlfriend’s firm, Bunker Books, publish it

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The Trikon Deception (1992)

In the near future: Earth is an ecological nightmare, and humanity may well go the way of the dinosaurs. But overhead orbits salvation. A vast metallic island in space, Trikon conducts research too risky to be held on earth–research which could save the planet.Yet Commander Dan Tighe discovers that the Trikon’s major project is espionage. Its crew is split into warring factions; its scientists–consumed by greed, lust and drugs–run the lab for their own gain.Only Commander Tighe can save the Trikon–and only Trikon can save the earth.

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Triumph (1993)

In a gripping alternative history, Winston Churchill hatches a daring plot to assassinate Josef Stalin as World War II comes to a close and the Allies battle over the future of the globe.

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Death Dream (1994)

Dan Santorini is hired to make sure that Cyber World, the virtual reality theme park of the future, opens on time. All too soon Dan realizes that he and his family are trapped in a nightmare world where dreams can literally come true. Full of insider’s knowledge about virtual reality, this novel is a breakthrough thriller.

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Brothers (1995)

When genetic research yields the hope of immortality, two brothers, both doctors, find themselves on opposite sides of the controversy, and they must bridge the gap that divides them on an issue that could mean nothing less than life or death for millions. Reprint.

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The Green Trap (2006)

Microbiologist Michael Cochrane has been murdered. His brother Paul wants to find out who did it…and why.Accompanied by a beautiful industrial spy, Elena Sandoval, Paul follows the trail from California to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Along the way, a lot of people seem to be interested in getting in their way, or discovering what they know. It’s clear that Michael was working with cyanobacteria, the bacteria that crack water molecules and release free oxygen. It’s less clear why this would get anybody killed. Or why oil billionaire Lionel Gould wants to pay Paul and Elena big money for the details of Michael’s work.Then the truth emerges: Michael had found a way to get cyanobacteria to crack hydrogen out of simple water molecules. A process that could be industrialized, producing enough hydrogen to cleanly power the world. Practically free fuel, out of one of the planet’s most abundant resources: water.No wonder everyone, from Middle Eastern heavies to hired domestic muscle, suddenly seems to be trying to get in Paul and Elena’s way.As the world’s secrets—and their own—teeter in the balance, both Paul and Elena must decide what to do before it’s too late.

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The Immortality Factor (2009)

Provocative, gripping, startling: bestselling author Ben Bova delivers a knockout read with his trademark blend of cutting edge science and unrelenting suspense….Some see stem-cell research as mankind’s greatest scientific breakthrough. Others see a blasphemous attempt to play God. Suddenly, the possibility of immortality exists. Two brothers, both doctors, stand on opposite sides of the controversy. To Dr. Arthur Marshak, his work is a momentous gift to humanity. To Dr. Jessie Marshak, it is a curse. Between them stands a beautiful, remarkable woman both brothers will do anything to save.Somehow, before it’s too late, Arthur and Jessie Marshak must bridge the gap that divides them…on an issue that could mean nothing less than life or death for millions.

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Able One (2010)

When a nuclear missile launched by a rogue North Korean faction explodes in space the resulting shockwave destroys the world’s satellites, throwing global communication into chaos. The United States military satellites, designed to withstand such an assault, show that two more missiles are sitting on the launch pad in North Korea, ready to be deployed. Faced with the threat of a thermonuclear attack, the United States has only one possible defense: Able One.ABL-1, or Able One, is a modified 747 fitted with a high-powered laser able to knock out missiles in flight. But both the laser’s technology and the jet’s crew are untested. What was originally to be a training flight with a skeleton crew turns into a desperate race to destroy the two remaining nukes. Will Able One’s experimental technology be enough to prevent World War III—especially when it becomes clear that a saboteur is onboard?Able One is a timely thrill-ride by one of science fiction’s most respected novelists.

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The Hittite (2010)

This is the tale of Lukka, the Hittite soldier who traveled across Greece in search of the vicious slave traders who kidnapped his wife and sons. He tracks them all the way to war-torn Troy. There he proves himself a warrior to rank with noble Hector and swift Achilles. Lukka is the man who built the Trojan horse for crafty Odysseus, who toppled the walls of Jericho for the Isrealites, who stole beautiful Helen–the legendary face that launched a thousand ships–from her husband Menaleus after the fall of Troy and fought his way across half the known world to bring her safely to Egypt.

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Transhuman (2014)

Luke Abramson, a brilliant cellular biologist has one joy in life: his ten-year-old granddaughter, Angela. When he learns that Angela has an inoperable brain tumor and is given less than six months to live, Abramson wants to try an experimental new therapy that he believes will kill Angela’s tumor.Her parents object and the hospital bureaucracy blocks the experimental procedure because it has not been approved by the FDA. Knowing that Angela will die before he can get approval, Abramson abducts Angela from the hospital. He plans to take her to a private research laboratory in Oregon.Luke has turned his old SUV into a makeshift medical facility, treating Angela as best he can while they are on the road, desperately trying to keep his granddaughter alive long enough to give her the treatment he believes will save her life.Abramson realizes that he’s too old and decrepit to flee across the country with his sick granddaughter, so he injects himself with a genetic factor that has successfully reversed aging in animal tests.As the chase weaves across the country from one research facility to another, Luke begins to grow physically younger, stronger. He looks and feels the way he did thirty or forty years ago.But will he be able to save Angela?

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Rescue Mode (2014)

The first human mission to Mars meets with near-disaster when a meteoroid strikes the spacecraft, almost destroying it. The ship is too far from Earth to simply turn around and return home. The eight-person crew must ride their crippled ship to Mars while they desperately struggle to survive.On Earth, powerful political forces that oppose human spaceflight try to use the accident as proof that sending humans into space is too dangerous to continue. The whole human space flight program hangs in the balance. And if the astronauts can’t nurse their ship to Mars and back, the voyagers will become either the first Martian colonists—or the first humans to perish on another planet.

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Space Station Down (2020)

When an ultra-rich space tourist visits the orbiting International Space Station, NASA expects a $100 million win-win: his visit will bring in much needed funding and publicity. But the tourist venture turns into a scheme of terror. Together with an extremist cosmonaut, the tourist slaughters all the astronauts on board the million-pound ISS—and prepares to crash it into New York City at 17,500 miles an hour, causing more devastation than a hundred atomic bombs. In doing so, they hope to annihilate the world’s financial system.All that stands between them and their deadly goal is the lone survivor aboard the ISS, Kimberly Hasid-Robinson, a newly divorced astronaut who has barricaded herself in a secure area.

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The Next Logical Step (2010)

Ordinarily the military least wants to have the others know the final details of their war plans. But, logically, there would be times–

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Forward In Time (1973)

What would you do if you found yourself face to face with:—A computer that you fear may drive you insane?—A mathematical equation that proves you are about to die?—A seductive siren who promises you sex and death in outer space?—A brainwashing technique that will turn you either into a superman or a monster?—A machine that lets you fight imaginary duels-until someone programs it for real-life murder?These are just some of the future shocks in—FORWARD IN TIME

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Maxwell’s Demons (1978)

We stand poised on the brink of godhood.The knowledge and wisdom that modern scientific research offers can help us to take the next evolutionary step, and transform ourselves into a race of intelligent beings who truly understand themselves and the universe around them…

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Escape Plus (1984)

No one could move without being followed.No one could speak without being overheard.The almost sentient computer system was everywhere.The prison was billed as “escape-proof,” and sofar that was true.But Danny Romano was not about to believe it… the jail hadn’t been built that could hold him. Danny would escape.Even if he had to permanently change his identity to do it.

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The Astral Mirror (1985)

“What you are about to read deals with the stars, the wide galactic future that lies at our fingertips today… both factual articles and fictional stories. In a world where robots are causing human unemployment, spaceflight is so commonplace the news media regard it as dull, and science fiction has become a mainstay of the bestseller lists… nonfiction has become just as exciting as the fiction.”So here are a dozen and a half views of the world, past present and future, as seen through the Astral Mirror….”

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Prometheans (1986)

Down with Pessimists!In a rich mix of fiction and science, fact and speculation, Ben Bova presents the Promethean pioneers whose technologic genius fuels our dreams — and our future.Discover the exciting adventures of Sam Gunn — first man to rig a still on the moon; and Chet Kinsman, first to try zero-gee seduction. The man who tamed hurricans and the man whose vision of orbital immortality lost him all he loved on Earth. The day politics, media and bio-engineering met, and the day an assassin took aim on the stars . . .Plus the equally thrilling stories of the real pioneers of space industry and defence; Carl Sagan’s quest to find intelligent life in the universe; how wealth and riches fall from the sky; and the potential pleasure of romance in orbit.The next time the headlines belong to anti-science pessimists, remember — tomorrow belongs to Prometheans, the dreamers who steal fire and tame stars.

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Battle Station (1990)

Battle Station collects short science fiction stories and nonfiction articles about the future of military space operations written by six-time Hugo Award winning author Ben Bova, whose hard science fiction has predicted the Space Race, virtual reality, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), and more.

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Future Crime (1990)

No matter what strange forms the future takes, says Ben Bova in his introduction, crime and criminals will always be with us–and with them, the need for law enforcement. Included with many other stories are the full-length novel City of Darkness and “Brillo”–the famous collaboration between Bova and Harlan Ellison.

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Challenges (1993)

Spanning thirty years of an illustrious science fiction career, twelve short stories and six essays explore science and science fiction and include insightful commentary on the challenges of writing each piece and the future of humanity.

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Twice Seven (1998)

From the renowned author of Mars comes a collection of fantastical stories detailing situations involving famous figures, including the fate of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe brought to light by Howard Hughes, a futuristic time traveler who unites H. G. Wells and Albert Einstein in Austria, and more. Original.

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The Towers of Titan and Other Stories (2010)

Five extraordinary stories by one of Science Fiction’s most revered writers. THE TOWERS OF TITAN — Across the frozen cliffs they loomed—the unbelievably ancient towers with the unimaginable engines deep inside them still pouring out their endless power. Dr. Sidney Lee, back from living death, vowed to find the secret of the Towers of Titan!

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The Callahan Kids (2012)

What would it be like to live on Mars? Find out in The Callahan Kids: Tales of Life on Mars, an anthology for middle-school readers created by science fiction writers and a team of engineers at 4Frontiers Corporation. The stories take place at Bradbury Base, a realistic Mars settlement that is full of surprises for the first kids growing up there. The nine original tales in the book are beautifully illustrated by Michael Carroll whose artwork has flown in space. Contributors include Hugo-winning author Ben Bova, young adult authors Jim Denney and Rebecca Rowe, artist Phil Smith, former NASA flight controller Marianne Dyson, space scientist Brian Enke, and aerospace engineer Tom Hill. Proceeds will support educational projects to promote the human settlement of the space frontier (by the kids who read this book!

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New Frontiers (2014)

Frontiers can be found in all directions. Frontiers of time and space, as well as frontiers of courage, devotion, love, hate, and the outer limits of the human spirit. This outstanding collection of stories by one of science fiction’s premier talents spans the length and breadth of history and the universe, while exploring thought-provoking new ideas and dilemmas.From the Baghdad of the Arabian Nights to a vast interstellar empire thousands of years in the future, from the Vatican to a one-man vessel drifting in the vast emptiness of the Asteroid Belt, from virtual reality duels to the subtle intricacies of time travel and a golf tournament on the Moon, here are tales of scoundrels and heroes, scientists and explorers, aliens and artificial intelligences, and even a young Albert Einstein. Each of them stands at the border of a new frontier and must venture out into unexplored territory—thanks to the limitless imagination of Ben Bova.

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Mercury and Prometheans (2015)

MercuryThe planet closest to our Sun is a barren, heat-scorched world. But there are those who hope to find wealth in its desolation. Saito Yamagata seeks to generate power to propel starships into deep space. Astrobiologist Victor Molina is searching for evidence of life. Bishop Elliot Danvers has been sent to keep close tabs on Molina. But all three of these men are blissfully unaware of their shared history, of their connection to the collapse of a geosynchronous space elevator a generation ago, and of the man who now seeks his revenge.PrometheansDiscover the pioneers whose technologic genius fuels our dreams–and our future. The man who tamed hurricanes and the man whose vision of orbital immortality lost him all he loved on Earth. The day politics, media, and bioengineering met, and the day an assassin took aim on the stars…. Tomorrow belongs to Prometheans.

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The Best of Bova (2016)

Here are tales of star-faring adventure, peril, and drama. Here are journeys into the mind-bending landscapes of virtual worlds and alternate realities. Here you’ll also find stories of humanity’s astounding future on Earth, on Mars, and in the Solar System beyond—stories that always get the science right. And Bova’s gathering of deeply realized, totally human characters are the heroic, brave, tricky, sometimes dastardly engineers, astronauts, corporate magnates, politicians, and scientists who will make these futures possible—and those who often find that the problems of tomorrow are always linked to human values, and human failings, that are as timeless as the stars.

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The Best of Bova, Volume II (2016)

Here are tales of star-faring adventure, peril, and drama. Here are journeys into the mind-bending landscapes of virtual worlds and alternate realities. Here you’ll also find stories of humanity’s astounding future on Earth, on Mars and in the Solar System beyond—stories that always get the science right. And Bova’s gathering of deeply realized, totally human characters are the heroic, brave, tricky, sometimes dastardly engineers, astronauts, corporate magnates, politicians, and scientists who will make these futures possible—and those who often find that the problems of tomorrow are always linked to human values, and human failings, that are as timeless as the stars.

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The Best of Bova, Volume III (2017)

Here are tales of star-faring adventure, peril, and drama. Here are journeys into the mind-bending landscapes of virtual worlds and alternate realities. Here you’ll also find stories of humanity’s astounding future on Earth, on Mars and in the Solar System beyond—stories that always get the science right. And Bova’s gathering of deeply realized, totally human characters are the heroic, brave, tricky, sometimes dastardly engineers, astronauts, corporate magnates, politicians, and scientists who will make these futures possible—and those who often find that the problems of tomorrow are always linked to human values, and human failings, that are as timeless as the stars.

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My Favorites (2020)

In this new anthology, Ben Bova has compiled fourteen of his favorite short stories. Each story includes an all-new introduction with compelling insight into the narrative. Exploring the boundaries of the genre, Bova not only writes of spaceships, aliens, and time travel in most of his titles, but also speculates on the beginnings of science fiction in “Scheherazade and the Storytellers,” as well as the morality of man in “The Angel’s Gift.” Stories such as “The Café Coup” and “We’ll Always Have Paris” dip into speculative historical fiction, asking questions about what would happen if someone could change history for the better. This expansive collection is a key addition for Bova fans and sci-fi lovers alike!

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Man Changes the Weather (1973)

Discusses the harmful and beneficial ways, intentional and unintentional, in which man has changed weather and climate throughout history, including a discussion of the effect of air pollution.

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Starflight and Other Improbabilities, (1973)

Speculative essays about man’s future activities in space based on his present knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics.

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The Fourth State of Matter (1974)

Non fiction by Science Fiction author Bova. Plasma Dynamics and tomorrow’s technology

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Workshops in Space (1974)

Describes the purpose and technical aspects of four space workshops including Skylab, Earth Resources Satellites, the joint Apollo-Soyuz mission, and the Space Shuttle.

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Notes to a Science Fiction Writer (1975)

The editor of a science-fiction magazine offers advice to prospective authors on the theoretical and practical aspects of character, background, conflict, and plot development in short stories

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Science–Who Needs It? (1975)

Does science really help humanity or should we return to an older, simpler way of life? Examines the scientific method and what it has done for mankind.

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Viewpoint (1977)

A collection of editorials that Ben Bova wrote as editor of Analog.

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Closeup, New Worlds (1977)

Astounding Modern Views of the Solar System By Science-Fiction Writers who are Scientists in Their Own Right.

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The Seeds of Tomorrow (1977)

Explains how science and technology can be used to solve the world’s most pressing problems such as overpopulation and dwindling natural resources and energy.

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High Road (1981)

Argues that humanity’s survival depends on the colonization of space, estimates the costs of such a venture, and looks at our current space program and its public support

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Star Peace (1986)

A close-up look at the “Star Wars” defense outlines the technology of using computers, satellites, lasers, drone aircraft, and “intelligent” weapons to deter nuclear war

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Welcome to Moon Base (1987)

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 illustrations by NASA artist Rawlings, the guidebook covers Moonbase history, architecture, ecology, transportation, science projects, jobs, training, industries, tourism, sports (“lunar jai alai”), entertainment, day-to-day life, duties, rights and laws: “No one is allowed to walk on the surface alone, except in the specially marked ‘Moonwalk Lanes.’ ” Combining fact and fiction in this “future history,” Bova presents a compelling and persuasive argument for mankind’s continual exploration of the moon and the establishment of a base on the lunar surface.

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Interactions (1988)

A Nobel-laureate physicist describes his development as a scientist, and comments on the political and competitive aspects of the scientific community

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The Beauty of Light (1988)

An exploration into the nature of light–written in an engaging style for a wide audience. The author of dozens of books on science, Bova traces the history of the study of light, from Galileo’s attempt to measure its speed, to Einstein’s theory of relativity. He explains modern uses of light technology, including lasers, fiber optics, solar energy, and optical computers; and discusses biological and ecological aspects of light, and its role in the evolution of the earth. He concludes with some breathtaking possibilities on the scientific horizon. Illustrated.

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Immortality (1990)

The first immortals are already living among us. You might be one of them.

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First Contact (1990)

The foremost space scientists describe their quest for life beyond the planet Earth, examining the nature of intelligence, the outer limits of our understanding of biology, and man’s place in the universe

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Are We Alone In The Cosmos? The Guide To The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence (1992)

The book presents our latest efforts to communicate with our galactic neighbors,through radioastronomy and other means, while investigating terrestrial life forms to answer the questions: what constitutes a living organism, and what constitutes non-human intelligence? It also presents information that allows readers to become part of the search for extraterrestrial inteligence themselves,via the internet’s SETI At Home site.

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The Craft of Writing Science Fiction That Sells (1994)

Guides writers step by step through the major elements of SF storytelling, showing how to construct strong, editor-attracting stories and novels.

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The Story of Light (2001)

Unveils the beauty and science of light, explaining new discoveries in areas ranging from relativity and quantum physics to perspective and the Renaissance painters’ use of light.

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Faint Echoes, Distant Stars (2004)

Our neighboring planets may have the answer to this question. Scientists have already identified ice caps on Mars and what appear to be enormous oceans underneath the ice of Jupiter’s moons. The atmosphere on Venus appeared harsh and insupportable of life, composed of a toxic atmosphere and oceans of acid — until scientists concluded that Earth’s atmosphere was eerily similar billions of years ago.An extraterrestrial colony, in some form, may already exist, just awaiting discovery.But the greatest impediment to such an important scientific discovery may not be technological, but political. No scientific endeavor can be launched without a budget, and matters of money are within the arena of politicians. Dr. Ben Bova explores some of the key players and the arguments waged in a debate of both scientific and cultural priorities, showing the emotions, the controversy, and the egos involved in arguably the most important scientific pursuit ever begun.

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Aliens and Alien Societies (1996)

A thoughtful, clear and utterly fascinating reference, this book is absolutely vital to writers who want to put extraterrestrial life-forms in their novels and stories.

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