Eighteen years ago, astronaut Keith Stoner had been the American member of a joint U.S.-Soviet mission to capture an alien ship that had entered the solar system. It was the greatest adventure in the history of Earth--but disaster struck when a bomb placed on the Soviet craft forced its recall. Stoner refused to return to Earth, staying behind in the strange ship alone where he fell into suspended animation.<P> Jo Camerata, the ambitious young student who fell in love with Stoner, is now head of Vanguard Industries. Jo's dogged determination has forced the recovery of the alien ship, and now her company is in control of the vast new technology--and in control of Keith Stoner. What Camerata doesn't know, however, is that when Stoner wakes, someone else awakens, too. The alien presence in Stoner's mind that has kept him alive all these years is now free, and intends to explore the world.<P> And it will let nothing stand in its way.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE It had been over fifty years since Sydney Lee began his quest for the Others--the alien creatures who had succeeded in destroying Earth's first great civilization, and now threatened humankind again. After fifty years the Others remained the masters--unknowable, unreachable, moving to complete their design of destruction. But on Earth things had changed. While Sydney Lee had remained frozen and unaging in his flight through space, his most bitter rival had climbed steadily to the peak of power. Sydney Lee was faced with nameless danger before him, and the threat of deadly treachery behind, as he made his desperate gamble with the unknown....
There is probably no writer of modern science fiction who tells as many plausible stories of our near future as does Ben Bova. These novels center on who will control the economic power of the asteroids and how or if the earth will survive as global warming creates natural disaster after natural disaster.
Some see it as mankind's greatest scientific breakthrough. Others as a blasphemous attempt to play God. Suddenly the possibility of immortality exists. Two brothers, both doctors, stand on opposite sides of the controversy. Dr. Arthur Marshak sees his work as a momentous gift to humanity. Dr. Jessie Marshak sees it as a curse. Between them stands a beautiful, remarkable woman both brothers will do anything to save. Somehow, before it's too late, Arthur and Jessie Marshak must bridge the gap that divides them...on an issue that could mean nothing less than life or death for millions.
Collection of 12 short science fiction stories, plus a half-dozen non-fiction pieces, all by Ben Bova.
The Earth has been poisoned by pollution, choked by overpopulation, and ravaged by the mindless greed of power-hungry corporations. A fragile peace is threatened by landless revolutionaries and global anarchy seems imminent. Yet a single ray of hope remains... Island One is a celestial Utopia, and David Adams is its most perfect creation-a man with a brain as advanced as any computer and a body free of human frailties. But David is a prisoner-a captive of the colony that created him- destined to spend the days of his life in an island-sized cylinder that circles a doomed and desperate home planet. Thousands of miles below him, a world trembles; its people cringe in terror and despair in anticipation of an impending apocalypse. And as the flames of war and revolt reach out far beyond the Earth's boundaries, Fate has cast one extraordinary human in the role of savior. For David Adams has a plan-one that will ultimately ensure the salvation of his species.. .or its annihilation. A BEAUTIFUL STORY FULL OF PROPHETIC VISIONS."
Story about how books won't be made from paper in the future, but distributed electronically. Who would have thought of that!
When a gentlemen's duel becomes military murder, the galaxies' lifetimes grow short. Only science can stop the war!
Dan Randolph never plays by the rules. A hell-raising maverick with no patience for fools, he is admired by his friends, feared by his enemies, and desired by the world's loveliest women. Acting as a twenty-first privateer, Randolph broke the political strangle-hold on space exploration, and became one of the world's richest men in the bargain.<P> Now an ecological crisis threatens Earth--and the same politicians that Randolph outwitted the first time want to impose a world dictatorship to deal with it.<P> Dan Randolph knows that the answer lies in more human freedom, not less--and in the boundless resources of space. But can he stay free long enough to give the world that chance?
When Danny Romano is sentenced to the Juvenile Health Center for an indeterminate sentence, all he can think of is escaping. But this place isn't like any jail he has ever been in. There are no guards, no barbed wire, but the place is escape proof. Will Danny learn to work hard and get out into the real world the right way with a job, and a clean record, or will he try to beat the computer Specks and try to escape?
The World Government exiles thousands of scientists from Earth after declaring Lou's Christopher's project too dangerous.
Our neighboring planets may have the answer to this question. Scientists have already identified ice caps on Mars and what appear to be enormous oceans underneath the ice of Jupiter's moons. The atmosphere on Venus appeared harsh and insupportable of life, composed of a toxic atmosphere and oceans of acid -- until scientists concluded that Earth's atmosphere was eerily similar billions of years ago. An extraterrestrial colony, in some form, may already exist, just awaiting discovery. But the greatest impediment to such an important scientific discovery may not be technological, but political. No scientific endeavor can be launched without a budget, and matters of money are within the arena of politicians. Dr. Ben Bova explores some of the key players and the arguments waged in a debate of both scientific and cultural priorities, showing the emotions, the controversy, and the egos involved in arguably the most important scientific pursuit ever begun.
Dr. Ben Bova explores some of the key players and the arguments waged in a debate of both scientific and cultural priorities, showing the emotions, the controversy, and the egos involved in arguably the most important scientific pursuit ever begun.
A scientist is sent to Jupiter to spy for a morality organization, is he really a moral man, or is he a true scientist?
Jamie Waterman is a young Navaho geologist who is picked for the ground team of the first manned expedition to Mars. He will be joining an international team of astronauts and scientists. But once the crew land on Mars, they soon discover they must battle not only the alien land on which they have invaded but earthbound bureaucrats as well. When they come face to face with a chasm ten times as deep and large as the Grand Canyon, all twenty-five astronauts must face the most shocking discovery of all...
To the harsh landscape of Sol's fourth planet travel 13 astronauts, the best scientists from 11 nations on a history-making voyage into the unknown. The international crew of the Mars mission have spent 9 months in space, crossing 100 million kilometers, to reach the last great frontier. There voyage is fraught with disputes, both personal and political, and their time on Mars limited to 'footprints and flags'; yet while there, they come face-to-face with the most incredible and shocking discovery of all.
The planet closest to our Sun, Mercury is a rocky, barren, beat-scorched world. But there are those who hope to find wealth in its desolation. Saito Yamagata thinks Mercury's position makes it an ideal place to generate power to propel starships into deep space. Astrobiologist Victor Molina thinks the water at Mercury's poles may harbor evidence of life. Bishop Elliot Danvers has been sent by the Earth-based "New Morality" to keep close tabs on Molina. But all three of these men are blissfully unaware of their shared history, and of how it connects to the collapse of Mance Bracknels geosynchronous space elevator a generation ago. Now they're about to find out, because Mance is determined to have his revenge...
The second book of "The Kinsman Saga", which also includes "Kinsman" and "Colony". The story of a man driven to create the future, and forced to save two worlds from the death throes of the millennium. Other science fiction titles by the author include "Orion" and "Voyagers".
Moonbase, the 1st settlement, represents a future of astonishing possibilities, but it's threatened by greed, jealousy, insanity and murder.
Moonwar, the sequel to Moonrise, is a fast-paced high-tech adventure that tells the story of the fledgling lunar colony--Moonbase--and how it is now in jeopardy as political forces seek to control or destroy it. This book is the continuation of the story of Douglas Stavenger, the Kennedy-esque scion of Moonbase's founding dynasty. While Moonbase has been flourishing under Stavenger's management, it's existence, and even Stavenger's life, both depend on nanotechnology which have been outlawed on Earth in response to a wave of luddite fear and violence. Soon, United Nations peacekeepers arrive on the moon to enforce the anti-nanotech laws, bringing with them intrepid news reporter Edith Elgin, who soon falls for Doug. Meanwhile, Doug's mother Joanna has chosen to return to Earth, but upon arrival she is held hostage by the secretary general of the UN who wants Doug to surrender his forces and more, to be killed. Slick politicians, beautiful television anchors, and calculating corporate barons provide complex and engaging scenery: imagine Washington in the space age, with nonstop action and cool technology.
This annual tradition from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America collects the best of the year's stories, as well as essays and commentary on the current state of the genre and predictions for future science fiction and fantasy films, art, and more. This year's award-winning authors include Jack McDevitt, James Patrick Kelly, Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Hand, and more. The anthology also features essays from celebrated science fiction authors Orson Scott Card and Mike Resnick.
John O'Ryan is Orion - more than human, less than a god, cast away on the seas of Time to do battle among the Creators for the future of mankind
Anya and I would never be free to live as normal human beings. There would always be the Creators to pull my strings, never leaving us alone. Always a new task, a new enemy, a new time and place. But never a time and place for happiness. Not for me. Not for us. She sensed my soul's exhaustion. Stroking my brow with her cool, smooth fingers, Anya soothed, "Sleep, my darling. Rest and sleep." I slept. But only for the span of a few heartbeats. For I saw Set's satanic face, his red eyes burning, his sharp teeth gleaming in a devil's version of a smile. "I told you I would send you a punishment, Orion. The hour has come." I sat bolt upright, startling Anya. "What is it?" There was no need to answer. A terrified shriek split the night. From one of the caves. I grabbed at the spear lying near the cave's entrance and dashed out onto the narrow ledge of rock that formed a natural stairway down to the canyon floor. Others were spilling out of their caves, screaming, jumping to the rocks below. Kraal's men among them, running and shrieking in absolute terror, stumbling down the rough stone steps, leaping to certain injury or death in their panic to escape.
Dr. Jake Ross, a university astronomer, wants nothing more than to teach a few classes each semester and continue on his research. However, he is being aggressively recruited to be the science advisor to Frank Tomlinson, an ambitious politician with his eye on the U. S. Senate. Tomlinson is in need of an edge that will allow him to defeat his opponent at the polls, and Dr. Ross can contribute just that: MHD. MHD, or magnetohydrodynamics, is a new innovation that will allow electricity to be generated efficiently and cheaply. The senate is essentially guaranteed if Tomlinson can deliver unlimited energy to voters at less than half the price of nuclear power. But MHD is still in its infancy, and although the outlook is extremely promising there are great - and deadly - risks. The incumbent senator will not give up his seat without a fight, and as Dr. Ross discovers, the world of politics carries its own dangers. Nothing has prepared Dr. Ross for the extreme tactics that desperate and powerful people are willing to use. Power Play is a timely thrill ride by Ben Bova, one of science fiction's most respected novelists.
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