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Superb editors aren't necess. good writers. Proof: Ben Bova.
on June 21, 2001
My initial foray into the writing of Ben Bova was the first novel of his Orion series, aptly titled "Orion." Perhaps I expected too much, yet in the end I still see this book and the entire Orion series in an ironic and frustrating light. Primarily, it is ironic that one of the best science fiction editors of the past few decades could get such a terribly edited book published. This is painfully apparent in the history, sociology, and geology content of the book. Was Mr. Bova unable to get a hold of the latest findings in these disciplines? It pains me to think that his it was precisely his literary clout which gave him the opportunity to put something of such low quality out. The bottom line: Outdated, Over-simplified, and at times absolutely incorrect. A story based on actual historical situations falls apart quickly when mistakes like these are made. It is of course made exponentially more ironic when these mistakes are made by an influential literary figure who has for so long preached on the prevalence of "bad" science in science fiction. Lastly, it is outright bewildering that he was allowed to publish more than one book on the premise first introduced in this novel. I would recommend these books for young readers in a second for all the books qualities except that the presentation of incorrect historical facts makes it really suitable for no one.