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The Kinsman Saga Mass Market Paperback – April 4, 2000


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (April 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380793172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380793174
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,172,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the U.S.-Soviet space race dominates the latter half of the 20th century, Chet Kinsman, Air Force pilot, astronaut, and passionate Quaker, takes a dramatic risk to bring peace to a troubled world. Bova's complete revision of two earlier novels Kinsman and Millennium presents a vision of Earth's near future that will appeal to readers of military sf. JC
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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''Bova's complete revision of two earlier novels, Kinsman and Millennium, presents a vision of Earth's near future that will appeal to readers of military sf.'' --Library Journal

''[Bova is] not only at the forefront of hard SF writers but one who can write a novel of character with the best of them.'' --Orson Scott Card, author --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Finding this book for my Fire was just lucky.
Lowell F. Goodwin
The Kinsman Saga is definetly a masterpiece of science fiction literature.
knweedo
Bova even created characters that were multi-dimensional and real.
Christopher Dalton

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Dalton on April 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I first read The Kinsman Saga, I was amazed and awestruck at how it was written. Most of all, of how one man and his closest friends unite two cultures of different backgrounds into acheiving what could be described as the impossible. The prevention of nuclear destruction on the Earth.
Ben Bova has created an adventure that is a very successful blend of science fiction and political thriller, with some romantic overtones. He was also very accurate concerning Ronald Reagan's old SDI-Star Wars-plan. Bova even created characters that were multi-dimensional and real. Chet Kinsman was definately someone I could relate to. His passion and drive for establishing a colony on the moon is something any explorer can understand. Not only that, but the hardships he had to endure with his family, his friends, and the only woman who truly loved him.
I liked the idea of a colony being established on the moon in 1999, and the scientific reality that was behind it. By far, The Kinsman Saga is a SF classic that is worth reading. It introduces the reader to a future that might have been, and a future that is yet to come. If you like The Kinsman Saga, you will also enjoy Colony. Another epic novel set in the same future, dealing with similar political and social issues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By knweedo on February 3, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Kinsman Saga is definetly a masterpiece of science fiction literature. When I first picked this book up I was hesitant, I'd never heard of the author, and it was long, I feared it would be another modern science fiction novel with an unoriginal plot. I was surprised to find one a classic science fiction novel, one so well written you are drawn into it. The future Bova creates is so realistic it makes you wonder if our society is leading us down the same path. We mean Chet Kinsman as a young recruit. We follow his life through it's various stages, as he works his way through the air-force space program. Bova's characters are richly developed, you learn a lot of their background, and what makes them tick so to speak. The novel does not strictyl cover technical science fiction aspects, but also politics, human emotions, and a bit of romance. Overall the book is an extremely satisfying read, I can't think of anything negative to say about it. Highly reccomended to anyone, sci-fi fan or not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lowell F. Goodwin on April 6, 2012
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I have been a long time fan of Ben Bova and I had read this book many years ago and it has been a great inspiration for me. I read it when I was a young teenage and it made me to support the space program more and it made me become an amateur astronomer and m favorite target is the moon. Finding this book for my Fire was just lucky. I finished the book around 2:00 am and I took telescope out and I looked and wondered for hours why this book had not come true. There was some other parts of the story is not to be done now, but we could have a moon base by now.

The book has a lot of past technology, but it is a wonderful reminder how we have come. I would tell any one interested in space or sci-fi to read this book. I could not put it done and I read the the entire book over a day.
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By Ircel Harrison on September 1, 2014
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This book brings together all of Bova's Kinsman stories into one volume. Kinsman reflects both the reality of American society since the 1960's and Bova's vision for humanity. Real life events tended to catch up to Bova's speculations. Written in 1987, this is Bova's effort to bring continuity and completion to his hero's story. It is an alternate history with a powerful impact.
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By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2014
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Good Bova read ,liked the humanity of the characters. Thought that it showed his style like in the Mars series and that the logic of the way the humans reacted was perfect.
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