Saturn : Grand Tour (Bova)

  • by Ben Bova
  • Narrated by Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki, full cast
  • Series: Grand Tour (Bova)
  • 13 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the best-selling novels Venus and Jupiter, Ben Bova dramatized the latest discoveries about our own solar system in an epic tale of near-future exploration and development. Now Bova turns his attention to one of our system's greatest mysteries, Saturn. Earth groans under the thumb of fundamentalist political regimes. Crisis after crisis has given authoritarians the upper hand. Freedom and opportunity exist in space, for those with the nerve and skill to take it. Now the governments of Earth are encouraging many of their most incorrigible dissidents to join a great ark, a one-way expedition to Saturn, the ringed planet that baffled Galileo and has fascinated astronomers ever since. But humans will be human, so amidst the idealism permeating Space Habitat Goddard are many individuals with long-term schemes, each awaiting their moment. And hidden from them is the greatest secret of all, the real purpose of this expedition, known to only a few.

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What the Critics Say

"Now that Arthur C. Clarke has retired and Charles Sheffield has departed, Bova is definitely the man to do justice to the astronomical marvels of the Saturnian system with its enormous potential as a second home for humanity, especially in the complex environments of its moons. Loud, prolonged applause, then, for the strengths of this book." (Booklist)

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The New World

The story starts slowly and it took me a while to get into it. It's a strange story in that the set up for the adventure seems unlikely to me.
It's about a large group of people who are thrown together for the first human journey out to Saturn. Their backgrounds seem odd to me for such a 'ground breaking' scientific expedition. However, it's difficult to judge how society would respond after the Greenhouse Cliff and with the New Morality involved. Parts of the story were driven by the luck the characters had, especially towards the end. I like Ben Bova's stories and this one is OK, but to me it's not one of his best.

If you like Science Fiction this book is fine and I'd certainly recommend you read / listen to the book, but it's not the greatest.
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- Steven

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2004
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio