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“A finely tuned novel—Ben Bova handles it all with a plot and a style that keeps you turning the pages.”
“The alien within Stoner serves Bova as a splendid device…. The very best, however, is the plausibility of detail that makes his work a sort of poetry of the near future.”
About the Author
Ben Bova is a six-time winner of the Hugo Award, a former editor of Analog, former editorial director of Omni, and past president of both the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America. Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction. He lives in Florida.
A radio signal from a source near Jupiter announces to the scientists of this world that we are not alone. An intelligent extraterrestrial species is going to make a close fly-by to earth in a hyperbolic orbit of the sun that will allow one opportunity, and one opportunity only, to examine the starship, its occupants and its technology. In Voyager, the first novel of this trilogy, Keith Stoner, the American member of a joint US-Soviet mission to study the alien's ship, chose to stay aboard with the frozen alien's body. Knowing the rocket would rapidly move beyond the earth's ability to rescue him, he turned off his spacesuit's heaters and elected to flash freeze his body in the frigid temperatures of interplanetary space.
As Voyagers II opens, Keith Stoner awakes 18 years later in the laboratories of Vanguard Industries, the largest corporation on earth. Beyond all expectations, earth developed the technology to effect a rescue and somehow managed to revive his long frozen body from a state of suspended animation. His friend and erstwhile lover, Jo Camerata, using every resource at her disposal, has scrambled to the top of the industrial world. She is the President of Vanguard and her husband, Everett Nielsen, is the Chairman of the Board. Vanguard appears to be in control of the vast knowledge and technology that the alien and the spaceship have to offer and intends to keep it and use it for its own financial gain. However, Stoner, who has an unexplainable mental link with the alien intends to explore earth and ensure the technology is offered openly to a needy and unseemly venal world destined to encounter one global disaster after another.Read more ›
Science fiction authors frequently use their futuristic tales of advanced civilizations to point out the downfalls of our own unenlightened way of life. They commonly speak out about topics like the environment, greed, war, or other similar pitfalls. Ben Bova is no exception. In fact, almost every book he writes falls into this category. In The Alien Within, book two in bova's Voyagers series, Earth is visited by an alien from another world. Or rather the consciousness of an alien, which is now living inside a human body. Throughout the story we get to view our own world through the alien's unique perspective, and it is not a pretty sight.
The alien's spacecraft, which was captured and brought into Earth orbit some twelve years prior to the beginning of The Alien Within, yielded up a treasure-trove of advanced technology. The wealthier nations of the world benefited greatly from this technology, but the poor nations continue to live in squalor. The alien, who does not understand the greedy nature of human beings, is puzzled by this and strives to learn more. In his quest for knowledge, the alien visits the war-torn heart of Africa.
I typically like to see a little more science in my science fiction, but I understand where Ben Bova is going with this, and I can appreciate that. Regardless of the subject matter, I always find myself enjoying Bova's work. He always manages to create characters that are interesting and believable.
Stefan Rudnicki, who has narrated every Ben Bova audiobook I've listened to so far, did a good job as usual. I've probably mentioned this before, but Bova's novels typically have characters from a lot of different nationalities, and Rudnicki handles the dialects well.Read more ›
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I read this book when i was still in High School a number of years ago, but still the distinctness of the book lingers on in my memory. I enjoyed Sci-Fi before i read this book, and after? Well writing reviews and looking every where for Ben Bova. I enjoyed the book because it focused not only on what could be, what what in actual fact is. The Vanguard coorporation if my memory serves, reflects metaphorically with the way our world is now. It moved me from being being "a simple fish in the waters of life" to being aware of my environment, being aware that there is more than what meets the eye. The technology described in the book was, to me, fantastic, so fantastic that it tantalised the senses and made me want to go out and study science and make that technology possible. I have in my life only read three Ben Bova book, not by any chance by choice, but simply because where i am they are hard to find. Orion, another throughly enjoyable book, shares the same mystisism with Voyager 11, and also displays our Theological dispositions. Voyager 11, displayed the Alien that is within our very midst and the human potential that has only just begun to be tapped. Definitely one of the best books i have ever read. I question and because i cannot find the answer, i search. Thanks Ben..
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The voyager series is one of my favorite story lines. But be aware that this electronic version is missing a chapter from the original paperback edition.
The missing chapter does not really affect the overall storyline as it is chapter 3 or 4 that is missing. After Stoner awakes and while he is being evaluated in Hawaii there is a point where he decides to test his electronic manipulation abilities and escapes from the compound he is being held in to spend a short time on the beach before returning to the compound. In the following chapter the characters speak of an electronic anomaly the night before where they believed someone was trying to gain access to the facility. With the paperback version it makes sense but in this electronic version that comment is completely out of context since the chapter is missing.
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