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Jupiter (The Grand Tour #10)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,852 ratings  ·  94 reviews
One of the great enterprises of modern science has been our discovery, largely through unmanned probes, of the real solar system of which our Earth is a part. The old solar system of our imagination was exotic enough. But the new, real one turns out to be even stranger . . . .Beginning with Venus, Ben Bova set out to write a new series of loosely-linked SF novels dramatizi ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 7th 2002 by Tor Books (first published 2000)
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Ben Bova’s planetary exploration series continues with Jupiter. Bova is so identified with “hard” science-fiction that I remember being surprised that he would posit life on Mars in one of the earliest books in this space exploration series. Yet, I ended up fascinated with the way he did so. In Jupiter, he deals with the issue in an even more speculative (and interesting) way. The search for intelligent life on Jupiter is fascinating, as are the results of this interesting mission to probe the s ...more
Clark Hallman
Jupiter, by Ben Bova, was first published in 2001, and is part of Bova’s Grand Tour series, which deals with the exploration and colonization of the solar system by humans in the late 21st century. Grant Archer, a young astrophysicist grad student, is forced to accept his mandatory public service assignment at the scientific research station that orbits the planet Jupiter, where there is really no option to pursue his graduate study in astrophysics. He is even more unhappy that he was also chose ...more
For some reason, I prefer SF that includes alien contact, interesting new ecosystems, and the like. This was my first book by Bova, and I picked it up due to the mention of alien contact. After this one, I'm looking forward to the new book Leviathans of Jupiter and hope to learn more about the leviathans and their world.

(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
Bret Devies
I read this book on a whim. Having been looking for Larry Niven in the bookstore, I was first distracted by the cover. Our own solar system has always been interesting to me, and so I read the back. It simply felt vague, so I opened the book and read the short prologue. Suddenly, my opinion had changed a bit. It was written well, and sounded like it had the potential to be a great book. I found that it was, and really enjoyed the imagery, the foreign feel of it, and the way Bova wrote the perspe ...more
The weakest effort I have read from Mr. Bova. It was actually a struggle to finish. The "side" stories really slow the pace of the book down and since the "characters" in these little stories don't have a personality to speak of, it is difficult to care about them. They just interupt the book. It starts out fine and if you are a Bova fan, you can easily get into his world but it fails to entertain as the book progresses.
Leviathan was interesting creature...
This is the third book in the Grand Tour series that I have read. I first read Moonrise and Moonwar. I enjoyed those two novels, not quite as much as this novel though.

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
As a rule, I am not an avid reader of science fiction, but every now and again I' run across a writer or work that tweaks my interest and I' start reading or listening to it. Jupiter is a great read. Astrophysicist Grant Archer has just married but has been assigned to the Jupiter space station for his obligatory two years of community service. The New Morality, a rigid religious coalition, runs earth, and they want Grant, son of a minister and a believer, to spend four years spying on the scien ...more
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Dustin Reidy
I'm about a third/halfway through Bova's grand tour...not chronologically since I started with Saturn and then worked my way through the four asteroid war books- Jupiter is one of the most enjoyable stories so far and I'd recommend it as a good starting book for the whole series.

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
This story is about man's first contact with an alien intelligence, deep in the oceans of Jupiter. The main character is a physicist (common in Bova's writing), and spy for the New Morality. This fanatical religious group controls the scientific space station orbiting Jupiter.

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
One of the blessings/curses of working in a mall is the convenience of a nearby bookstore. The blessing is that I love books… perusing them, sampling them, browsing, and ultimately buying them. The only problem is that I’ve spent probably a decade buying books I never have time to read. I finally took a hint from my staff at work. In down times, they read. A lot. So with that in mind, I was in the mall’s Waldenbooks with my friend Tammy when I was savagely attacked by Ben Bova’s paperback, “Jupi ...more
Phil Giunta
Jupiter is the second book I've read in Ben Bova's Grand Tour series. I started, appropriately, with 'Mercury' and enjoyed it. Jupiter was next on the list because I was curious as to its connection with an earlier Bova novel, 'As on A Darkling Plain', in which explorers dive into Jupiter’s violent, toxic oceans in a craft filled with breathable fluid. While there, they discover life in the form of massive creatures reminiscent of Earth's whales.

In Jupiter, young astro-physicist Grant Archer is
Hassan Chaudhri
Nov 26, 2007 Hassan Chaudhri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 'hard' scifi fans, those that enjoyed the Moonrise series
Shelves: scifi
Ben Bova's novel is interesting and well-composed, in the same style as his Moonrise and Moonwar books. The story is about one-third exploration, one-third personal dilemma, and one-third political intrigue, which makes for a pleasant variety and change of pace for the action without becoming too cluttered; all the conflict elements revolve around the same central question.

The prime human conflict in the book is the political struggle between religious zealots and devoted scientists, and the st
The Saga Continues! Dan Randolph's fusion engine from The Precipice has opened up the rest of the solar system to human travel making the IAA's next target Jupiter. Space Station Gold, the largest space station in existence, now orbits Jupiter, studying the weird organisms that inhabit its atmosphere. Under a tyrannical director, the scientists of Gold work diligently to map the oceans, searching for more. A search that threatens New Morality's hold on religious faith back on Earth. So when an u ...more
Bova is an original thinker who likes to explore issues of morality and science vs god in the guise of science fiction.

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
Brian Johnson
Perhaps it improves after page 130, but I will never know. I hate not finishing books, but this one is a real clunker and life is just too short: it feels like the novel of a writer long past his prime. I was excited to find out what lurks in Jupiter's oceans, but was just not willing to wade through pages of sexist cliches, flat characters, and minimal action. Can someone recommend a truly great novel by Ben Bova, or are all of them like this?
I was a little hesitant at first because I remembered nothing of Bova's "Venus" novel I read years back, however, this book exceeded my expectations. Bova did an excellent job giving depth to the characters and building up momentum in the plot. The ending could have been smoother but I could not put this book down once everything was in place. Being a sci-fi book, I learned how deep the imagination runs. Also, I love how Bova's books mirror his own experience. In his novels, religious groups ris ...more
This was book #21 on Summer Reading '11. Have to say I was not really impressed. Characterization was thin, almost caricature-like in places. Bova's science may have been accurate, but beyond that, there wasn't a whole lot of WONDER. A big failing for a book set on wondrous Jupiter.
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
ew norris
Though a tad slow out of the gates mostly because, as other reviewers have stated, the characters are flat and cookie-cutter, but the book held my interest in the way it balanced religious devotion and faith against the pull of scientific discovery and curiosity.
Knowledge more powerful than ignorance...a novel of exploration and discovery. Author writes about human expansion in the 21st century -- to the solar system. Pivotal character pulled between science and religion, which makes a thought-provoking read. Is this Sci-fi or prophesy? Where is the next book?
This story is set in the same "universe" as his Mars novel. He has written, in fact, a whole string of novels named after planets in our solar system. In this one, a young man is (supposedly) sent to work as a graduate student on a large space station orbiting Jupiter. Actually, he is sent there spy on the scientists on behalf of the fundamentalist religious organizations that control Earth politics. It seems the scientists might have discovered something that would shake the foundations of Jewi ...more
I keep reading Bova's "Grand Tour" novels waiting to find the one that will make it all worthwhile. This was better than some and worse than others. The premise is interesting but the plot is plodding and predictable. Maybe the next one.....
This was an amazing read. I loved the concept of an ocean covering Jupiter, and what may lie within that ocean. The concept of life on Jupiter within the confines of science is astounding.
Jamie Lott
Much of Jupiter's prose is simple, expressed in a realistic, down to Earth language, light on metaphor and heavy on realism. This isn't implicative of amateurism on Ben Bova's part, but rather his intention to express his world in a relatable manner to our world. He touches upon the consistency of religious beliefs, as they sustain themselves throughout many scientific breakthroughs, and crafts a relatable main character struggling with his faith and career. These themes are nearly universal in ...more
Another enjoyable entry in Ben Bova's solar system exploration series. I really enjoy how the science is very believable and set in the near future so there aren't huge leaps beyond what we currently have. This was an interesting book in how it dealt with conflicts between science and religion and how it is possible to explore science and make discoveries while still maintaining faith in God. For the most part the characters and story were well developed, although a few characters were a bit fla ...more
Random Pendragon
Not only a planet was explored in this novel, but a universe. Religion runs the world, they disguise it well, but the smart ones know, things come and go ONLY as the New Morality pleases. We are shot into the foreign planet of Jupiter, what lies on 'Gold' is not only humans, but an ape that can speak, dolphins that interact with humans... This is not a straight shot "Let's fight aliens" book, there is SO much more. You are introduced with many factors in this book, that seem to make no sense, bu ...more
Robin Edman
I am generally intolerant of religious people. They tend not to figure importantly in my life, and they will usually cause me to close a book without finishing it. This book is a notable exception. The protagonist, a young physicist named Grant, is a very religious boy, and he is also a scientist. I liked this book and this character because he doesn't allow his religion to interfere with his science. He is particularly interesting, though, because he manages at the same time not to allow his sc ...more
This was a good book. This does not necessarily need to be read in exact order with the other Grand Tour books as far as I can tell so far. What lies Deep down on Jupiter? Will the fist crew to try to probe the mysteries survive?
boring - I don't think I will read any more Bova. reads like a young adult novel and not much science to it
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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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