The Multiple Man – Ben Bova

Meric Albano, the White House press secretary, is shocked when the spitting image of the President turns up dead outside a speech venue. The more he looks into it, the more mysterious things become, with the links he follows leading higher and higher. The more of a writer’s work you’ve read, the better able you are to evaluate both idiosyncracies and off-putting comments. Happily, I’ve read quite a bit of Ben Bova’s work. I’ve not…

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Carbide Tipped Pens – Ben Bova & Eric Choi

A collection of stories focused on new hard science fiction. I like to believe that I used to be a scientist, and I do retain a faint memory of that period, along with some leftover jargon. When I started to read science fiction, hard SF was a key part of it, and no doubt bolstered my feeling that this was serious stuff, not just escapism. Along, probably, with everyone else, I’ve noted a decline in…

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Exiles Trilogy – Ben Bova

Exiles #1-3 Geneticists imprisoned aboard a satellite have converted it into an arkship that begins to break down partway through its mission. I usually break omnibus e-books into parts to read and review. But the total size of this trilogy is only 450 or so pages, so I read them all together. That has pluses in that it’s easy to follow the path of the story, but minuses in that the stories are somewhat distinct…

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Leviathans of Jupiter – Ben Bova

Grand Tour #13 Ben Bova revisits the curious, atmospheric creatures of Jupiter, in this continuation of his Grand Tour series. Ben Bova’s Grand Tour series is reliable, complex, and realistic. Here, he revisits Jupiter, and the curious creatures we met on the last visit. As always, this is a standalone novel with nice little connections to other books for the initiated. The science is credible, the human relations interesting, the plot intriguing. In short, this…

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