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As with his previous planetary exploration books, Jupiter plants you right in the heart of the action, witness to the speculative science and political intrigue--and in this case, religious machination--that surround a fast-paced, dangerous, and technically fleshed-out mission. Our unlikely hero on this touchdown is an earnest, likeable, hard-working grad student named Grant Archer, a frustrated astrophysicist who's been shanghaied aboard Jupiter's Gold space station to fulfill a ROTC-style public-service commitment. What's worse, this devout young man has been ordered by the New Morality--the American flavor of the conservative religious order that runs Earth nowadays--to spy on some suspicious research involving alleged Jovian life forms.
Bova begins his book with an A.C. Clarke quote: "The rash assertion that 'God made man in His own image' is ticking like a time bomb at the foundation of many faiths." This tells you pretty much everything you need to know about where this book's going, and who, respectively, will be wearing the white and the black hats (unfortunately, some of the characterizations don't get much deeper). That the central protagonist is both a Christian and a scientist makes for some fertile character development, but Bova's not exactly gunning for God here--he's happy just to blast away at narrow-minded ideologues and other assorted religious fanatics. (But that, of course, is about as easy as making teenagers depressed.) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 Jupiter's orbital space station, rather than the more desirable lunar colony, astrophysicist Archer resents everyone and complains about his bad luck; he isn't even allowed to study in his field of expertise. The New Morality, the ultrareligious creationist group who controls the U.S., has given him the additional task of spying on the station's untrustworthy scientists who are suspected of looking for Jovian life. The mere existence of extraterrestrials would conflict with New Morality doctrine. Grant is a true believer, but he's also a scientist resentful of the New Morality's control over his life. When he's given a chance to aid in the Jovian research, he jumps at it, even though it means horrifying modifications to his body and repeated drownings. This easy read provides solid action and wonder with credible alien life forms and inspired technology for exploring the Jovian depths. Jupiter is a new favorite destination for sci-fi exploration, and Bova's take on the planet is unique and enticing. (Jan. 1) Forecast: Bova is one of the more popular SF writersAhe's won six HugosAand fans of Venus will delight in the continuation of the series, which gets a push in the Nov. issue of Locus, with Bova as the cover interview. Heavenly sales could ensue.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I'm not even done reading it but it has kept me interested. I read some every night after a very busy day and it always draws me back into the story, the characters, the plot, and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by onlinebuyer
Bova continues his tour of the planets. Not the best of the group I have read, but still interesting and populated with interesting characters.Published 20 months ago by Ircel Harrison
Like the other planet series books I've read, so far, Jupiter is at once a SciFi novel and a polemic. Mr. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Bruce Lewis
... But this was not it. The story was a surprise to me, having gone into this with no idea of what it was about, and I actually finished the book over the course of two or three... Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Debra Wilson
Where to begin? I was bored. The characters were unengaging, the science mediocre, the psychology unrealistic, and the plot didn't move forward. Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Jedidiah Carosaari
Jupiter, by Ben Bova, was first published in 2001, and is part of Bova's Grand Tour series, which deals with the exploration and colonization of the solar system by humans in the... Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Clark Hallman
I really enjoyed reading Ben Bova's Jupiter. I liked the short chapters with endings that make you want to read more. It's one of those books I just couldn't put down. Read morePublished on February 21, 2012 by Todd
I am 60 pages into the book and I am thinking about putting it down because of its clumsy writing. I bought it, having read both his *Mars* and *Return to Mars* novels, primarily... Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by MW