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Exiled from Earth (Exiles #1)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  86 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Ben Bova. Exiled From Earth. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1971. First edition. Octavo. 202 pages. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket.
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published June 25th 1973 by Dutton Books (first published 1971)
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Devin
For a book as short as this, it was better than I expected. I just wanted something short, fun, and spacey, but instead got the beginning of an exciting expedition to space. The writing is great, and the events cover quite a bit of time considering its length. In it, a group of scientists are exiled to a space station in order to preserve the stability of the world. It may sound strange at first, but considering the world is incredibly overpopulated at this time and the scientists are about to p ...more
Technohawk
Has all the trappings of old sci-fi:
Mild to moderate racism
Women are treated as companions with no useful skills.
The government is evil.

The synopsis is the government distrusts all scientists and wants to round them up and put them on a ship with no hope of ever returning to earth.

The book itself drags on and doesn't actually follow through with the exile until the last 20 pages or so. The protagonist runs and gets caught multiple times. Each time he runs he ends up in place where learns that
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Christopher
I really enjoyed this book while attending middle school back in Oregon. This was my introduction to science-fiction and led to the years of devotion to the genre.
Shelby
Delightfully absurd, full of typos, and totally dime-store sci-fi. The plot was like Swiss Cheese and the dialogue as stilted as a house on the beach, but still, I kept reading it. Something about my childhood roots in Star Trek and Star Wars just wouldn't let me give up on it. So bad that you don't even have to worry about paying attention to it. Good for brain candy -- twaddle, as my mom would have called it when I was a kid -- and a nice, paperbacked break from all those classics I've had to ...more
Elise M.
This book is showing its age. Written in the seventies, Bova's interpolation of how technology will develop misses the mark in several areas. It's classic pulp fiction and was worth it for the walk down memory lane.
Scott Davis
These three books, made me a big fan of Ben Bova.
Annette2009
I read this book back in high school, and it really started a sci-fi kick for me. I remember a plot about a world government, desperate to maintain stability in a radically overpopulated world, exiling every genius with ambitious, "destabilizing" ideas to an orbiting space station. The hero convinces the population to turn their orbiting craft into a rocket to another world. I have no idea how the book would hold up now, but back in the 80s, I found it quite compelling and profound!
Angela Alcorn
We own this as an omnibus of the trilogy: Exiles Trilogy
Dennis Go
Awful. Plot holes big enough to fly the Space Shuttle through. Main character is an arrogant, clueless twit. At the end nothing was accomplished!
Flip
Gosh, I read this back in high school. Decent read...if I can remember back that far. Actually...this is the book that ignited my love for sci-fi.
Klaas Mansier
I like Bova, but this is simply not anywhere near good enough. Could't finish it.
Tayla36
the whole exiles trilogy is just plain good classic science fiction.
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Ben Bova was born on November 8, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1953, while attending Temple University, he married Rosa Cucinotta, they had a son and a daughter. He would later divorce Rosa in 1974. In that same year he married Barbara Berson Rose.

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
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