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The discovery of an Earthlike planet—oxygen atmosphere and oceans of liquid water—inevitably generates an expedition to that planet. But it will take the explorers 80 years each way. Cryonic suspension will let them survive the round-trip with only 20-odd years of aging, but they will return to Earth some 200 years after they left. Their expedition is really an exile, but some of Earth’s best and brightest volunteer. They even survive the trip to the newly discovered planet, Sirius C. But they find some unexpected anomalies on the otherwise highly congenial new Earth. It has a small native population of remarkably humanoid intelligent beings. And they are not only humanoid, but they are also extremely friendly and informative. Between the natives and their own discoveries, the explorers begin to suspect that Sirius C is an artifact. But if so, who made it? And when will we find out? A more than readable combination of scientific puzzle and alien-contact story, New Earth is Bova at the top of his form. --Roland Green
Bova proves himself equal to the task of showing how adversity can temper character in unforeseen ways. (The New York Times)
Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction. (Daily News (Los Angeles))
[Bova's] excellence at combining hard science with believable characters and an attention-grabbing plot makes him one of the genre's most accessible and entertaining storytellers. (Library Journal)
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)
Bova continues his great series of novels with this story that takes place beyond the Sol System. It's a great read that presents the human race with a intergalactic problem that... Read morePublished 18 days ago by George P.
Exciting stuff, like all of the Grand Tour novels I have read so far (which means most of them).Published 1 month ago by Dieter Britz
How do I evaluate what's wrong with this book? First of all, as others have pointed out, the characters and character development are unfortunately quite shallow. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Young
New Earth is a story about the risk and reward of exploration. Traveling 8.6 thousand light years to find something unexpected that leaves everyone feeling something different for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nyssa
This is my first Ben Bova book and I have to say enjoyed reading it, even though the book had its issues. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas Wikman
Another great Ben Bova book. Well written and shows the true nature of earthlings through science fiction.Published 4 months ago by SM
started out well, then very quickly turned into a 1970's Star Trek episode.Published 5 months ago by lola folana
I remember enjoying Ben Bova back when I was much younger. Unfortunately it seems his writing quality seems to have declined with age. Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. Sanders