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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Comes the millennium

In a thriving colony far beneath the ancient crater-marked crust of the Moon, the Russians and the Americans joined together to launch the most daring offensive ever against Earth in a desperate attempt to save Man from himself...

Chet Kinsman

The American Chief had a daring plan to avert the threatened war on Earth: but he had only a handful of men--and
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published March 12th 1977 by Del Rey (NY) (first published March 1976)
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Erik Graff
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bova fans, Cold War students
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I really liked this novel and its successor, Kinsman, for its scientifically and politically plausible (at the time of authorship) representation of the world of 1999/2000. Although much of its action takes place on Luna, the book works as a political thriller, not just another science fiction novel.
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Millennium by Ben Bova is being re-released. The novel originally published in 1976 is highly recommended.

Millennium is set in 1999 on the moonbase Selene. Selene is the name the Americans and Russians living on the base call the moon, in contrast to the names given by the officials on Earth to the separate American and Russian areas in the moonbase. Inhabitants of Selene call themselves "Luniks" and the two coexisting communities have a good working relationship. Things are different on Earth,
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
I found it funny that according to this book by the year 2000 we have figured out:

a. How to live comfortably on the moon
b. Get water and a significant amount of minerals out of the lunar soil
c. Quick and convenient methods of space travel


We still are dealing with:

a. Hard core (name calling) racism
b. Some severe cases of male chauvinism
c. The Cold War

What’s wrong with this picture?
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: retro-reviews
Good 70's view of the "future" 1999. The Russians and Americans build 2 space stations on the moon, unite to form an independent country called Selene. Very entertaining read.
Ralph Blackburn
Millennium by Ben Bova- First published in 1976, Millennium suffers what most science fiction stories portraying close time-line with reality fall to. Things change and ideas that sound great don't always happen. Still, I found the characters and story to be entertaining through Bova's slow-paced reveal and rational. Much like Heinlein without the jingoistic politics and self-serving military slant, the plot is believable and the science thought out. Colonel Chet Kinsman is the high-ranking Amer ...more
Louis Shalako
Mar 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Ben Bova draws a character sketch the moment a new figure walks on stage center. This is one of the rare African American characters, I suppose in my early reading of SF. This gave it significance to any writer, also it is a very good story.
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dad, scifi
Grim view of what 1999 would be like. Written in 1976. Interesting story with reasonably well developed characters. I really enjoyed it.
Casey Wheeler
This book was written in the 1970's with a projection of what it would be like at the millenium. Keeping that in mind the book creates a future where there is a colony on the moon divided between the United States and the Soviet Union due to the Cold War still existing, but a much more relaxed relationship on the moon base. China is still a wanna be super power and overt sexism is still very prevalent in the relationships between men and women. The moon base declares its independence due to incr ...more
Dnf on p. 110. I jumped to the back, though. Made sure I wasn't missing out on anything. For what it is, this book is fine. It's just not the kind of thing that can hold my attn. at the moment. Were I stuck somewhere remote, say, I'd have no issue w/ finishing this read. The writing is fine & the author tells a fair story. For being of the time that it was, he was actually quite a sharp guy. His read of the future (now the past) is really interesting. I'm just not feeling the whole military, ...more
Angela Cahill
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had it all for me combining political thriller and space sci with some romance thrown in too

Even tho written during the cold war this story really resonates today.
Wonderful characters a strong potent story that really made me feel optomistic about people, the future and the future of mankind.
Derek McAteer
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story, well told.

I enjoyed the story line and the characters. There were a couple of nice twists and some good conceptual ideas.
John Purvis
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Millenium” eBook was published in 2016 (paper version published in 1976) and was written by Ben Bova ( Mr. Bova has published more than 120 fiction and non-fiction books since 1959.

I received a galley of this novel for review through I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains Mature Language and some Violence. The novel is set in the near future (1999 - 2000) as perceived at the height of the Cold War. Both Russia and the US stand on
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Some good and some average in this one. Clearly it was written long before the millennium and we have to accept a lot of artistic licence (was there ever any chance of there being a fully functional, self sufficient, moonbase by 2000?), but it's really just extending the cold war into near space.
The story is generally engaging, although it takes a long time to get going and then, pretty much, just ends. The characters are developed to a reasonable extent for a relatively short book, but they do
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book well over 30 years ago (mid to late 1970s) while still in junior high school. I loved it then as well as many other of Ben's books, including his Exiled trilogy, the precursor Kinsman, and the loosely related follow up called Colony.
I remember back in 1990 thinking how the premise of this book became derailed with the fall of the Soviet regime. But now the US-Russian tension is back with Putin's new game. It seems the worst of the world predicted by Bova has come true, while non
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great look at 1970s through the lens of science fiction

I loved this book. Ben Bova tells a great story about the Cold War and about colonizing the moon. Indeed, the major emphasis of the book is the politics of the 1970s. Although some of the material is dated (this book first appeared in 1976 and this is a re-release), this doesn’t change how good the story is. The story is well paced with some great action scenes. The characters are well developed and their interactions well written. I recom
Joe Santoro
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: soft_sf
I always find it fun to read 'future' fiction written long ago... this one was publishing in 1976.

Definitely not as good a book as his later 'settling the solar system' books. If fact, one could almost consider this one a practice run.

Glad we're still not worrying about the Cold War and 'Star Wars' missile defense, but it always makes me a little sad that in the mid-70s people thought we'd have moon bases by now, and we're not anywhere close.

As for the book itself, it's definitely a social comme
Laura Newsholme
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a fairly average entry into the realms of near future science fiction writing, but is perhaps most interesting when viewed as a snapshot of the time in which it was written. The focus on skin colour prevailent throughout would be unheard of in a modern novel and the author, whilst envisaging colonies on the moon by the turn of the millenium, could not envisage an end to the cold war between the US and Russia. That being said, the narrative moves along at a good pace and the characters a ...more
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1976-2000, american
Millennium racconta la vita sulla terra alla fine del 1999. I due blocchi sono sempre più vicini alla guerra e sono lontani i tempi in cui la prima colonia lunare era stata costruita insieme da russi e americani. Ma a bloccare questo clima di incertezza è Kinsman capo della luna che riesce a rendersi indipendente ed a salvare la terra dalla catastrofe.
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, political
Now this is a dated book. Reading this 13 years after it was supposed to happen shows the ambitions of people back then. The whole "moon base" idea hasn't even been started yet, but I did enjoy the ideas of an independent entity existing in space.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Ah the Cold War. This book certainly painted a bleak picture of the future would bring. Fortunately 1999 wasn't that bad. We just had to worry about the Y2K. This was a US v. USSR but with a fight over the moon and space. I liked the story, didn't care for his bleak future.
Feb 21, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Allen Petro
Jul 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Not a bad book, but nothing spectacular.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it
A cool story for the young man I was when I read this novel.
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I read this in conjunction with the Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and in light of the period it was written in the Cold War, it and Heinlein worked well for my imagination.
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Science Fiction
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: sc-fi readers
Shelves: science-fiction
Daniel Salvo
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Un buen libro sobre una ideal convivencia entre seres humanos. La aridez del paisaje lunar puede percibirse en cada página.
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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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