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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380786974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380786978
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Ben Bova has a way of writing hard science fiction that can best be described as "definitive." While other writers introduce technology that could be developed under the right set of circumstances, Bova tends to write about advances that we're already capable of, if only we pursued them. In Moonrise he describes a future where space has finally been privatized and the moon is on the brink of becoming fertile commercial ground. But even as former astronaut Paul Stavenger seeks to turn a handful of leftover government moon shelters into a full-fledged moonbase, powerful corporate forces are aligning against him. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

It's the 21st century and the world is on the brink of a scientific renaissance. The U.S. government has finally had the good sense to privatize the development of outer space and, as a result, a number of scientific advances are in the offing. New rocket technology makes it possible to reach any place on Earth within an hour. Nanotechnology promises incredible medical breakthroughs. Not everyone appreciates these scientific marvels, however. Radical environmentalists and religious fundamentalists want to turn back the clock. Standing against the neo-Luddites is Masterson Aerospace, which is involved in most of the major scientific breakthroughs of the day. Unfortunately, Masterson is crippled from within when its CEO apparently commits suicide and his wife, Joanna, backs her lover, Paul Stavenger, a former astronaut, over her mentally unbalanced son, Greg, in the board election that follows. Thus begins a power struggle that eventually leads to murder and the near destruction of Moonbase, where most of the novel takes place. The family intrigues are far-fetched at times, but Bova's picture of life on the moon and the technology necessary to sustain it is highly believable. Although his villains sometimes thin into one dimension, his protagonists, Stavenger and his son, Doug, are both well developed. A former editor of Analog, Bova (Mars) is a longtime supporter of the colonization and industrialization of outer space. His many books on this subject, both fiction and nonfiction, have sold well over the years and this newest work should be no exception. 35,000 first printing; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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While it is somewhat predictable, it's still a good story.
Rachel E. Watkins
I have loved SciFi most of my 65 yrs, but have unfortunately waited until now to read my first full length book by Ben Bova; I liked it.
L. Petersen
I was amazed at the end of this book and found myself disappointed that I'd finished it, because that meant I wasn't reading it anymore.
M. McNulty

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Williams on March 16, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bova does it again with this epic tale. The plot thickens with each chapter and it's hard to guess which direction he'll lead you. The science in this book is not far from becoming reality as humanity's knowledge ever increases. Bova also brings out the moral implications of advanced technology and the social consequences of such technology. If you ever wondered what it takes to survive on the moon and make a habitation there, read this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1999
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This has made-for-TV stamped all over it; Politics, a family dynasty with sibling rivalry, clear-cut heroes and villains all wrapped up in a huge dose of political correctness. The plot does rattle along at a fair old pace though and I had no trouble finishing the book. If however you prefer your sci-fi to be on a grander scale and more visionary (Iain Banks for example) , you will probably find this rather tame. On the whole not bad (and much better than the sequel Moonwar), but not a classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve King on April 13, 2011
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I'll mention here that I'm attempting to read all 17 of "The Grand Tour" series books in the chronological order the author has suggested. Moonrise is the 4th book in the series, taking place (chronologically) just before the book "Mars."

There are parts of Moonrise that warrant four or possibly five stars. There are some good suspense scenes; the "wow" factor of a race against Yamagata Corporation to claim vital territory on moon during the effects of a solar flare, a race through Moonbase to stop a madman from killing everyone with great action and suspense, Paul Stravenger's frantic attempt to outrun the effects of killer nano-machines. Unfortunatly, a lot of this is undone by flaws, many of them typical of Ben Bova.

Moonrise is presented in three sections, with about twenty years separating the first two. In section one, we meet Dan Randolph...I mean Paul Stravenger. For those who have read earlier or later books in the series, you'll recognize Dan Randolph as the multi-millionaire, womanizing, fast talking, charismatic star of the several Bova books. Paul Stravenger is the same character (except he's Africa-American). Rich, womanizing, charismatic...Stravenger checks off all the same, fairly uninteresting boxes as many Bova protagonists. In section one, we're taken back and forth between a real-time account of Paul on the moon as he struggles to avoid an assassination attempt by his step-son Greg, who, along with Paul and Paul's wife Joanne (mother of Greg) sit on the board of directors of Masterson Aerospace.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 1999
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I have been reading Ben Bova's works since the early to mid eightys. I have seen Bova tackle many levels of science fiction from near possibility to distant future. Even some are a bit of a flight of fancy such as his Orion Saga. One element remains constant throughout all his books: they are all base on hard core science theory...theory that may soon be reality. Of all his books, I've noticed a re-occurance of a couple of themes that this particular book refines and improves upon. Foremost is Bova's love for writing about Moonbase. This place has been a centerpiece for many of his works. Secondly is the field of nanotech. The first series I remember him introducing this in was the Voyager series. This particular topic has recieved the most improvement out of them all. This book above all others adequately describes what is more than likely to be feasible applications of nanotech. Furthermore, this book also discusses the dangers the world faces should the ultra conservative Luddites gain control. In conlusion, this book deserves no less than 5 stars because Bova once again ties together elements of science and philosophy and wirtes them together in a believeable plot that works on many levels
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Nano Machines and intrigue are all in this book. The Dream of a man
and his Son to build a future that people seeking freedom
can build on. The Moon, only 3 light seconds away, so big in our
sky. Elbow room to build on. But, will a short sighted Corporation
shut it all down? Or will the United Nations and the latest
scourge of the Bible Right called the New Morality shut the Base
down? Nano machines might just be the best way for humans to
get rid of old man Death, if the Bible Thumpers don't ruin it all.
A worthy buy worth your money. I hope Mr Bova will continue with this
book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 1998
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Moonrise is a gripping novel of space, colonization, and human development. Bova has not only given us a likely scenario for the development of the moon, but he has also provided us with a thoughtful look at a future which seems all too probable if the Moral Majority had their way. Plot and characterization are substantial, as well as the science, and you will find yourself drawn into the Stavenger family saga. I found the story quite compelling-and I already ordered the next!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1999
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I thought this book was great! What I like about Mr. Bova's work is that it isn't predictable. In his work, innocent people die, bad guys are not always punished, and so on. Rather than making the book unsatisfying, it makes it more exciting--electric, unpredictable, engaging. Really a wonderful work--I hope the author reads this review, and feels good about making a reader happy. Well done!
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