Summary

Farside, the side of the moon that never faces Earth, is the ideal location for an astronomical observatory. It is also the setting for a tangled web of politics, personal ambition, love, jealousy, and murder.
Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some 30 light-years away. Now the race is on to get pictures of that distant world, photographs and spectra that show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth - and if it bears life. Farside observatory will have the largest optical telescope in the solar system as well as a vast array of radio antennas, the most sensitive radio telescope possible, insulated from the interference of Earth’s radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the moon’s solid body.
Building Farside is a complex, often dangerous task. On the airless surface of the moon, under constant bombardment by hard radiation and in-falling micrometeoroids, builders must work in cumbersome spacesuits and use robotic machines as much as possible. Breakdowns - mechanical and emotional - are commonplace. Accidents happen, some of them fatal. But what they ultimately find will stun everyone, and the human race will never be the same.
©2013 Ben Bova (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc
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"I believe that by far the science fiction author who will have the greatest effect on the science fiction world, and the world as a whole, is Ben Bova." (Ray Bradbury)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Just on 23-04-18

Take me to the Moon...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Kinda. This was not the best book in the series, and the main plot elements have been seen before.

What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Stefan Rudnicki is a very excellent narrator and certainly brings many of the characters to life in a way that would not happen otherwise.

Do you think Farside needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

This novel felt like it had a lot of padding, and could easily have been half as long. That said, the setting of the story, Farside Observatory, is excellent and intriguing, and the book could've been better if it dealt more with this, rather than the usual politics and nano machines plots we see so often from the Grand Tour novels.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Gordon on 12-06-13

Not super impressed to be honest

I was a bit surprised when I read this book. It was my first Ben Bova story and I was expecting something a little better. Right from the start, I found that the story wasn't very descriptive. The dialog was weak in my opinion and I had hope the author would ad more to the scenes. If I am missing something, then feel free to recommend another book of his.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Julius Butcher on 01-01-14

An OK read

I liked that Farside was based on real science. There is an amount of suspense, but I missed the "chewing my nails" moments when you can hardly wait what's going to happen next. At certain point the killer was predictable.
I liked the author's voice and the way he wrote the story. However the excerpts from the personal files irritated me. The characters' background should have been incorporated into the story.
Farside is an OK read.

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