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Preview — Jupiter by Ben Bova
Jupiter (The Grand Tour #10)
As with his previous planetary exploration books, Jupiter plants you right in the heart of the action, witness to the speculative science and political intrigue--and in this case, religious machinatio...more
The premise of the story is that Grant is assigned to spy on the scientists working on the Research Station Gold orbiting Jupiter. Against his wishes he is sent there by the New Morality as they feel the scientists are going against their wishes by looking for alien life forms. Although he is unhappy initially he eventually adjus...more
Jupiter like all of the grand tour books has a light, quickly paced flow to its story and you'll find the normal menagerie of quirky scientists and the ever present threat of the New Morality. While in some books the New...more
There are a few problems with the book. For one, Bova spends a bit too much time describing the character's clothing. The story's main antagonist, the station director, acts like a vindictive child. He comes around by the e...more
In Jupiter, young astro-physicist Grant Archer is...more
The prime human conflict in the book is the political struggle between religious zealots and devoted scientists, and the st...more
(Frankly, the space politics and tension between human beings, governments, and religions is much less interesting to me. I'm all about the 'Others'.)
Why do evil fanatics always...more
In this book, I felt a certain assonance with Orson Scott Card - a protagonist whose naivete is a bit annoying, but probably very good if you're a 17 year-old geek who likes things on the surface. And the ending has a bit in common with the Star Trek whale movie - yeah, that one.
The world in which "Jupiter" takes place is disturbingly plausible - the big religions have banded to...more
I just can't help but compare this to Iain Banks' The Algebraist which dealt with essentially the same theme: a manned mission into a gas giant with the purpose of interacting with the intelligent life there. Now, Ban...more
, the pace had me swept up and before I knew it I was halfway through the book. It barely scratches the surface of the battle of morality played by two sides of science and religion. The book seems to casually take the either/or view but does briefly entertain the notion that it is a false dichotomy. As far as stories go, I give it 4. As moral philosophy cloaked in a story, feed the reader new horizons...more
Bova is an avid fencer and organized Avco Everett's fencing club. He is an environmentalist, but rejects Luddism.
Bova was a technical writer fo...more