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The Trikon Deception

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Writing with the astronaut Bill Pogue, Ben Bova has created a breathtakingly believeable thriller set in the near future in space...
By 1998, Earth has become an ecological nightmare. Overhead, on a vast metallic island in space, the scientists of the Trikon project undertake research too risky to be conducted anywhere else - research which could save the planet.
Published (first published 1992)
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Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Ben Bova novel. The story is about a group of people on a space station above earth who are developing a biological agent for eating earth’s pollution. Of course, wouldn’t that be cool if these folks accomplished their goals? Wouldn’t it also be cool to get some scientific insights related to their projects? But no, there’s no “hard science” in this novel. So if there’s no hard science, is this a tale of the human condition in a space station microcosm? There are lots of ...more
Allan Dyen-Shapiro
If you like traditional, 1950s, Golden Age Science Fiction, this is that type, at it's best. Written in 1992 by Ben Bova along with Bill Pogue, a former Skylab pilot, the authenticity (or at least verisimilitude) of the science in the book is truly impressive. That alone is a reason to read it. Like all classic science fiction, this is a swashbuckling tale of astronauts and scientists in space, focused on the plot twists. And some of the plot twists were indeed unexpected. And true to form, ...more
Kent Archie
The idea of using a space station for risky biology experiments is pretty interesting.
There was too much time spent on various conspiracies that lead to the main plot.
The women are not generally portrayed very positively. The significant Japanese and Indian characters are described disparagingly.
So, on the whole I don't recommend this book.
Clayton Yuen
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Every so often you need to read an old time scifi novel. The Trikon Deception is written a la 60s and 70s adventures, written with a very literary sense of story and mystery and adventure. You have to have a bit of patience when attempting this novel, for it is a long journey.

The story unfolds with a space station scenario, and develops into a series of deception and murder and heroes saving the day. I give this book 4 stars for having an interesting plot, but I could use a bit more action.
Nov 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Trikon Deception is about politics and intrigue on an international Space Station. With the Earth under attack by polluting bio hazards, multiple countries decide to combine their efforts by conducting genetic research to counter the bad microbes by inventing new ones on a space station as no country would allow such research to happen on their soil. The story deals with the interpersonal relationships of the stations occupants, the pressures they deal with along with murder mystery thrown ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
This novel is about environment apocalypse in the improbably near future. It did not thrill me and the characters were not quite up to Bova standard. I put it in the category of DNF (did not finish). Maybe, later?
Steven Schreier
Ben Bova is almost always worth a read. Good blend of science and fiction. This story just had way to many characters and plotlines that were not going anywhere. A shame because the life on a space station stuff was intriguing and the global disaster via plankton extinction was interesting.
Durval Menezes
Unremarkable, read it around 10 years ago and don't remember anything about the story.
Interesting Sci-Fi, space station murder and deception
Captain Marcus
Jul 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
AVOID. This is not a good book. A shame, because Ben Bova is usually pretty good.
Murder mystery in Space.

Colorful characters, great plot.
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entertainment
Count on Bova for reliably entertaining books, like this story that takes place on a space station full of espionage.
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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