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Mercury: Planet Novel 4
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Ben Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction, including Able One, Leviathans of Jupiter and the Grand Tour novels, including Titan, winner of John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and in 2008 he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award "for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature." He is President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, and a former editor of Analog and former fiction editor of Omni. As an editor, he won science fiction's Hugo Award six times. Dr. Bova's writings have predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), electronic book publishing, and much more. He lives in Florida.

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In the near future, the planet Mercury looms large in the sights of men and women who see Earth's future survival in harvesting the solar system. Some want to use the tiny planet as a satellite orbit point, others seek evidence of life in the polar water, while one man craves revenge for a past tragedy of monstrous proportions. Continuing his exploration of the solar system, sf veteran Bova presents a dramatic tale of ambition and vengeance coupled with an absorbing look at the inner solar system's smallest and most elusive planet. Fans of the author's technological expertise and his strong prospace bias should enjoy this action-packed tale. Recommended for most libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Set in the same future universe as the author's asteroid series (The Silent War, etc.) and sharing such major players as the Yamagata Corporation and the religion of the New Morality, Hugo-winner Bova's well-plotted fourth planet novel (after 2003's Saturn) features a classic love triangle, backed by the occasional Greek chorus of scientific explanations. While astrobiologist Victor Molina and engineer Mance Bracknell (disguised as Dante Alexios) vie for the affections of Victor's wife, Lara Tierney Molina, Saito Yamagata attempts to create an efficient, inexpensive staging area on Mercury to send ships into deep space. Meanwhile, Bracknell schemes to exact revenge for his destroyed past. Ten years earlier, Bracknell's efforts to create another efficient, inexpensive method of launching spaceships called "The Sky Tower" was sabotaged by Bishop Danvers of the New Morality, as well as by Molina and Yamagata's son, Nobu. Millions of innocents died as a result. The moral questions raised by Bracknell's complicated retribution scenarios about the rights of victims for revenge and the immoral consequences of moral acts add depth to an otherwise standard tale of space adventure. Agent, Barbara Bova. (May 4) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"A guaranteed crowd-pleaser!"
--"Booklist on "Mercury
"Recalls the work of Heinlein in his "Destination Moon mode, or Hal Clement in any number of stories: a day-after-tomorrow tale crafted with near-journalistic purity...It's a difficult, demanding mode to pursue, and not many choose to nowadays. But Bova does it magnificently."
--Paul Di Filippo, Scifi.com, on "Jupiter
"With Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein gone, Bova, author of more than 70 books, is one of the last deans of traditional science fiction. And he hasn't lost his touch. "Venus scorches."
--"Kansas City" Star on "Venus
"Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction."
--"Los Angeles Daily News on "The Precipice
" A guaranteed crowd-pleaser!"
--"Booklist" on "Mercury"
" Recalls the work of Heinlein in his "Destination Moon" mode, or Hal Clement in any number of stories: a day-after-tomorrow tale crafted with near-journalistic purity... It's a difficult, demanding mode to pursue, and not many choose to nowadays. But Bova does it magnificently."
--Paul Di Filippo, Scifi.com, on "Jupiter"
" With Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein gone, Bova, author of more than 70 books, is one of the last deans of traditional science fiction. And he hasn't lost his touch. "Venus" scorches."
--"Kansas City"" Star" on "Venus"
" Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction."
--"Los Angeles Daily News" on "The Precipice"
"A guaranteed crowd-pleaser!"
--"Booklist" on "Mercury"

"Recalls the work of Heinlein in his "Destination Moon" mode, or Hal Clement in any number of stories: a day-after-tomorrow tale crafted with near-journalistic purity It's a difficult, demanding mode to pursue, and not many choose to nowadays. But Bova does it magnificently."
--Paul Di Filippo, Scifi.com, on "Jupiter"

"With Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein gone, Bova, author of more than 70 books, is one of the last deans of traditional science fiction. And he hasn't lost his touch. "Venus" scorches."
--"Kansas City"" Star" on "Venus"

"Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction."
--"Los Angeles Daily News" on "The Precipice"

A guaranteed crowd-pleaser! "Booklist on Mercury"

Recalls the work of Heinlein in his "Destination Moon" mode, or Hal Clement in any number of stories: a day-after-tomorrow tale crafted with near-journalistic purity It's a difficult, demanding mode to pursue, and not many choose to nowadays. But Bova does it magnificently. "Paul Di Filippo, Scifi.com, on Jupiter"

With Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein gone, Bova, author of more than 70 books, is one of the last deans of traditional science fiction. And he hasn't lost his touch. "Venus" scorches. "Kansas City Star on Venus"
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Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction. "Los Angeles Daily News""


"A guaranteed crowd-pleaser!" --Booklist on Mercury

"Recalls the work of Heinlein in his Destination Moon mode, or Hal Clement in any number of stories: a day-after-tomorrow tale crafted with near-journalistic purity...It's a difficult, demanding mode to pursue, and not many choose to nowadays. But Bova does it magnificently." --Paul Di Filippo, Scifi.com, on Jupiter

"With Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein gone, Bova, author of more than 70 books, is one of the last deans of traditional science fiction. And he hasn't lost his touch. Venus scorches." --Kansas City Star on Venus

"Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction." --Los Angeles Daily News

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