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Powersat by Ben Bova
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Aug 23, 12

bookshelves: science-fiction
Read from July 09 to August 23, 2012

While Bova is known for delivering very hard science fiction, this novel is likely to leave SF fans dissapointed. This noevel shows more realistically what the early ground stages of space exploration would entail. It is more of a novel of intrigue and suspense. It lacks the common tropes of science fiction, but it shows that to get to the point of space colonization, it would require a lot of initial work. It illustrates how developing a power satelite would be beneficial for our planet to have alternate sources of energy. The portrayal of Muslims/Arabs is somewhat questionable and was clearly written in the aftermath of 9/11. Again, it is a more realistic and practical story involving a concept that is currently science fiction, but may appeal more to readers of the political suspense genre rather than Bova's usual domain of SF.

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