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*Starred Review* Bova’s latest novel is one of his best, and a classic use of the old sf theme of humanity reaching out for immortality among the stars. An Earth-sized planet has been discovered circling a star 30 light-years away, at the right distance to support life. But does it? If so, is that life possibly intelligent? The answers must come from two high-tech pieces of equipment on the far side of the moon, the largest optical telescope and the largest radio telescope ever built. In the vacuum of space, seeing conditions are perfect; with the Moon blocking Earth’s electronic noise, listening conditions will be equally good. Of course, there are a few problems, apart from political and personal squabbles coming in at a dollar a cartload. All the work has to be done by robots, which can malfunction at the worst possible time without careful and expensive maintenance. Vacuum is fine for optimal seeing conditions; not so fine for preventing micrometeorites from puncturing the spacesuits of workers a long way from the nearest help. Deadlines are missed. Costs overrun. Tension builds. Success seems impossible to the last moments; the moon’s topography makes some scenes literal cliff-hangers. But enduring hope for humanity emerges at last. --Roland Green
“Bova’s latest novel is one of his best, and a classic use of the old sf theme of humanity reaching out for immortality among the stars.”—Booklist (starred review) on Farside
“The sort of gritty, hands-on, you-are-there yarn at which Bova has long excelled.”—Kirkus Reviews on Farside
"With his customary use of scientific facts to augment his flair for storytelling, Bova brings to life another sf adventure about humanity's future in space."—Library Journal on Farside
“Bova’s fans and hard SF lovers should flock to his latest novel.”
—Library Journal on Leviathans of Jupiter
“A quick-paced space adventure.”
—Publishers Weekly on Leviathans of Jupiter
This is not Hard Sci-Fi but its very good Sci-Fi. The fact that Bova is over 80 adds to the pleasure. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Leffring
Part of the Ben Bova series known as the Grand Tour (our planetary system). Sci/fi written by a renown astrophysicist. Read morePublished 2 months ago by few9880
Okay. For awhile, I felt is was reading the script from a better 1950's SciFi movie. More airport material. Not very thought provoking.Published 6 months ago by One Real Picky Consumer
This book is utterly terrible. I don't understand how it was ever published.
Imagine, if you will, a newly minted astronomer named Trudy. Read more
I'm a big fan of Ben Bova's writing, especially the Grand Tour series. This book is a welcome addition to the series. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Harvey S. Trop