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Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction Hardcover – December 2, 2014
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“Bova proves himself equal to the task of showing how adversity can temper character in unforeseen ways.” ―The New York Times on Ben Bova
“Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction.” ―Daily News (Los Angeles) on Ben Bova
“[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 on Ben Bova
About the Author
BEN BOVA is a six-time winner of the Hugo Award, a former editor of Analog, and former editorial director of Omni. Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction, most recently, Transhuman, New Earth, and New Frontiers He lives in Florida.
ERIC CHOI is an aerospace engineer as well as an award-winning author and editor. He has worked on a number of space missions including the Phoenix Mars Lander and the Canadarm2 on the International Space Station. Choi also co-edited the anthology The Dragon and the Stars with Derwin Mak.
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How will we adapt to a time when body upgrades and rejuvenation have made it difficult to positively ID individuals?
An early Chinese mathematician devises a digital computer – based on soldiers moving in tight formations. How do the politicians (well, warlords) react?
Is brain hacking to change your ingrained desires really that good of an idea? (here, have some and see)
Romeo & Juliet, re-set on a rough-and-tumble Europa mining colony. You know how this one ends, but it's still just as satisfying getting there.
A semi-autonomious robotic probe on Titan gets a little too close to human for its handlers. Another tragedy.
What if we could cure Alzheimer's? What would happen if we cured someone who's memories were already 95%+ gone? How could we bring such a patient back from the brink of oblivion?
The bad parts? Some of the tales were clunky. I swear there's one that dusts off the bad 1950's movie line "It's a crazy plan, but it just might work," along with all the stilted dialogue that usually comes in that catbox. Some of the "hard" parts were still a little too soft. A few left the grit of inscrutable 80's cyberpunk in my eyeballs. Finally, the very first story was kind of tough to take, and it put me off the collection for a bit. It's a good story, but having sort of walked a similar mile in the guy's shoes a few years back, it cut a little close.
In the end it all comes together, and the good vastly outweighs the not-so-good. As with The Martian, it is such a relief to see new and forward-thinking sci-fi coming along.
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