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New Earth (Star Quest Trilogy) Hardcover – July 16, 2013
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Elsewhere by Dean Koontz
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- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765330180
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765330185
- Product Dimensions : 6.08 x 1.26 x 8.33 inches
- Publisher : Tor Books; 1st edition (July 16, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #590,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story starts off strong with the reader finding out that Earth is being inundated by flood waters from the effects of global warming. The world is in chaos with the ice from Greenland and Antarctica melting, causing worldwide evacuations. Eighty years prior to this, the World Council funded a starship called Gaia on an exploratory trip to a recently discovered planet revolving around the star Sirius. From previous unmanned missions, man has learned that this New Earth seems to be a duplicate of our planet. Now the starship with a crew of twelve is in orbit around New Earth. Robots rouse the crew that have been frozen by liquid nitrogen for the past 80 years. Jordan Kell is the team leader on this important mission to study the planet's biosphere, build housing and study the possibility of man moving here. Messages take eight and a half years to reach Earth. The crew doesn't know that the World Council has reneged on sending backup missions. As the crew orbits to the darkside of the planet, they see a beam of light shining upwards. Can there be intelligent life on the planet? Mitchell Thornberry, a roboticist, sends two of his robots down to investigate the beam.The robots go dormant on the planet. Part of the crew land on the surface and find out that there are human-like sentient beings already there. Where did they come from and who are they? Other than Jordan Kell, who falls in love with a alien beauty ( Aditi ), the other eleven crew members don't trust the seemingly helpful aliens. Or are we the aliens? The leader of New Earth, Adri, seems friendly answering any question asked of him. Or is he? This part of the novel is when I thought it would move forward with extreme gusto. Not.
I haven't mentioned most of the rest of Kell's crew because half of the crew have minor speaking roles in this mediocre novel. Basically the book has four meaningful human characters: Jordan Kell and his brother Brandon, a astronomer; Harmon Meek, a astrobiologist; and Mitchell Thornberry. There are two significant alien characters: Adri and Aditi of the planet with two suns ( one is a pup sun ), no moons, bioengineered animals, and energy domes. It takes New Earth 30 years to fully orbit it's main sun. Doesn't this sound like a interesting plot? It could have been, but at this point the author runs out of zip and ideas. I felt no empathy for any character, not a good sign. If you want to find out what happens on New Earth after the crew's landing, you will have to read your own copy. I must give this novel a indifferent rating since it didn't live up to the teasers on the book's jacket cover. May I interject a mild...blech!
Shame, I really enjoyed Mr. Bova's solar system series. This book is not to that quality.
Secondly, I have to admit there is only a hint of Ben Bova's brilliance as a story teller in this book; he doesn't seem to have had his heart in its production.
The character development is light which means we have a hard time relating to the characters, which is always a bad sign in any book. Standard stereotypes are introduced in the storyline implying that mankind will not evolve beyond those.
While the premise is interesting I had already figured out what was going to happen many pages before it happened. I'm no Sherlock Holmes, but I do believe most readers of sci fi will also figure out where the story line is going.
This is a tale of environmental disaster on Earth that sees mankind trying to escape it, in space, only to learn of an even worse pending disaster.
If you can buy this book at a discount, or just want a light read this is your book.
If you want fully developed characters and complex, thus interesting plot lines, go elsewhere. Jack Campbell and Ian Douglas immediately come to mind.
Although not recommended I am still a fan of Ben Bova as I know he can do better than this.
... if only it were all this logical and straight forward though.
Over decades and many books, Mr. Bova has established a wonderful story of the expansion of humankind into space. From the first power stations in Earth orbit, to the first moon base, to the first manned expeditions to other planets, and so on. All of this has been established (with the exception of Voyagers IV) with a logical and consistent connection to emerging technologies - technologies and abilities that seem possible with our understanding of things to do and the progress of technology and the money involved.
In his previous books, Mr. Bova introduced us to species and technologies that were truly alien, and truly believable.
It was in one of Mr. Bova's earlier works where I first learned the distinction between 'sci-fi' and 'science fiction'. The first step away from science fiction that this book takes is right from the start - although the ship that travels 8 light years has the crew in cryogenic suspension, and takes 80 years to complete the trip... Mr. Bova never explains to us what technology they use to accomplish this, what the ship is like, or how it works.
In his earlier book Mercury, Bova sets up through one of the Yamagata characters what at the time was suggested would be the beginning of how intergalactic travel would begin in the Grand Tour universe... but this was never built upon in this book. It just happened.
Once they arrive at the planet New Earth - the crew of the ship are greeted by mysterious human like aliens. The aliens are super friendly and accomodating and understanding, and genetically identical to humans. As the mysteries unfold the crew discover that the entire planet was artificially created and the story gets more absurd from there.
Apparently the crew of 12 were specially picked for this mission to be right for the job, mentally, physically, etc - they are there for a 5 year mission, but almost right from the start we have disgruntled scientists who are able to simply suggest, "We should go back to Earth, right now..." Or to outvote the leader of the group and replace him with a new one. I would think the 12 people that had been selected to go to a new planet would be capable of working better together.
Basically the whole book revolves around the crew slowly piecing together the truth about New Earth and it's inhabitants. I take huge issue with the end, and the outcome, and the expectation of what is going to happen, and what the humans are supposed to do for the rest of the entire galaxy in only 2,000 years...
I don't know if Mr. Bova just got tired of the restraints of what he could do with what he had established in the Grand Tour series, and decided to throw it all aside; but to me New Earth may well be an interesting concept for say a trilogy of science-fantasy books, but it doesn't fit in at all with what I would expect from Ben Bova's Grand Tour series.
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This book should have been marvelous. Instead, the only reason I didn't throw it across the room is because that's not how I treat books, even when the author has disappointed me.
I've been on a "Bova binge" lately, and went directly from reading Farside to reading New Earth. While the first part where everyone started waking up from their 80-year sleep, I was interested in the story. Then Bova started inserting little scenes with characters from past Grand Tour novels. The first "Wait, what?" moment came when he had Anita Halleck chatting with Douglas Stavenger, and Bova pointed out that neither of them could return to Earth because they had nanobots in their bodies.
I had no problem with including Stavenger; we've known about him for many novels, and it's not inconceivable that he could still be alive over a century after receiving nanotherapy. But Anita Halleck? Did Bova not read the last few chapters of Farside, in which he killed her off, in a rather gruesome rocket crash on the Moon? Did someone go out there, find all her body parts, glue her back together and give her nanotherapy so she could be alive 80 years later? Did someone clone her? Bova didn't say. He just retconned a character's death for a scene that could have - and should have - included someone else.
Speaking of 80 years... Pancho Lane is still alive. How? She was already at retirement age in the novel Titan. Then we find out that she had a daughter who went to Sirius C. At the end of the novel Pancho and her husband decide to go to Sirius C themselves and muse that their daughter will be 114 years old.
Really? Let's do the math. Pancho's daughter must have been in her 30s when she left to go to Sirius C. Add 80 years. Eight and a half years later Earth receives messages from Sirius, Pancho is saying that when she herself arrives, her daughter will be 114 years old. Actually, she'll be 202 years old and counting, since it will still take Pancho 80 years to get there. Or has someone invented a faster method that Bova forgot to mention?
While it was nice to see mentions of Pancho and George Ambrose, in-universe continuity should have required some mention that these characters had benefited from some kind of life-extension medical procedures (that presumably wouldn't have included nanotherapy, else Pancho would not have been allowed to return to Earth). There is no reasonable way that Anita Halleck could be alive after being thoroughly dismembered in a rocket crash on the Moon, and no reasonable way for Pancho Lane and George Ambrose to still be alive. And Bova apparently can't count.
This story had an interesting premise, but the plot holes and inconsistencies were just too blatant. This and the tepid descriptions of life on Sirius C (not a single mention of what these people do for recreation, for example or how they express themselves artistically) to allow me to give it a passing grade.
I wish the author had opted for a third novel about Jupiter (learning to communicate with the leviathans) or a novel about Pluto.