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Jupiter by Ben Bova
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Jun 28, 2010

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bookshelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Read in June, 2010

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 together to control the nation states and the funding for science - with the idea that the "godless" scientists need to be watched over. Particularly so that they don't find hard evidence of alien life on another planet, which might call the biblical version of events into question.

I'm never completely bowled over by Bova, but there's always at least some idea or question that makes me think, and sometimes that's all you need from a book.

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