Farside

Farside

Book - 2013
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"The discovery of an Earth-sized planet 30 light years from Earth sparks a race to develop a telescope to create a photographic record of the new world. The far side of the moon, with its "clear" view of space, seems an ideal location, but the project's planners must contend with rivalries from the existing moon colony of Selene. Sent from Earth to assist Dr. Ulrich, director of Angel Observatory, Dr. Trudy Yost immediately becomes involved in the web of politics, sabotage, and physical obstacles that mark life on Farside."--Library Journal.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781429949415
1429949414
9780765323873
0765323877
Characteristics: 367 p. ; 22 cm.

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donbooks
Dec 06, 2014

Standard Bova rehash of prior plots. Bova continues to plagarize himself by recycling situations and even script. His short stories are much better.

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EricTheMailman
Mar 21, 2014

As much as I like Bova I found this book to be longer than it had to be. A lot of points were repeated to the point of annoyance.

That said, I enjoyed it. This is the kind of science fiction that I'm always interested in; there are no aliens, for a start, it's about people, people trying to make a living, trying to accomplish something. With that comes conflict and opposing interests.

The book confines itself to the moon but travel throughout the solar system is part of the reality of the setting. This kind of near-earth SF is fun to read because it's the next logical step in human exploration. Our technology today does not include interstellar travel. We don't have a warp drive, but if we wanted, we could travel about the solar system today.

I think Bova is doing humanity a favour by telling stories that still embraces the "What If..." spark of SF but keeps it close to home. Perhaps he's trying to inspire people to make the "giant leap."

Inner_Prop Jul 11, 2013

Exoplanet science is so new and fast moving that I think the concepts around "New Earth" have already been outdated.

This Ben Bova book downplays the religious fervor that I think sometimes overburdened his other books.

A good book, but not groundbreaking.

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shadynz
May 12, 2013

Thought the premise of this book was quite intereesting, but try as I might just could not get into it.

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