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Jupiter (The Grand Tour #9)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,361 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
Jupiter is a boundless ocean, ten times wider than the entire planet Earth. Heated from below by the planet's seething core, it is the widest, deepest, most fearsome ocean in the solar system.
Idealistic young American scientist Grant Archer joins a clandestine expedition to this awesome new world. But Grant does not share the ideals of the scientists he accompanies: he has
Published February 15th 2001 by Hodder Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Benoit Lelièvre
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was awkwardly fun. It's tempting to compare JUPITER and Arthur C. Clarke's classic Space Odyssey novels, which are about the same planet, right off the bat, but Ben Bova here created a novel that's both self-aware of Clarke's masterpiece and that manages not to repeat anything it says. JUPITER is bold, imaginative (and utterly improbable) science-fiction, but it's also fun in a very blunt way, which is utterly different from classic humorless and convoluted sci-fi novel. Ben Bova always cut ...more
Clark Hallman
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
MB (What she read)
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
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brian Johnson
Jun 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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...
Jerry Hart
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow start but imaginative finale.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jeg elsker at læse om opdagelsesrejser i rummet og kontakt med ikke-jordiske væsner! Ben Bova gør det godt, og jeg kunne vældig godt lide hans idéer om tro vs. videnskab, hvordan vi kan modstå det enorme tryk nede i Jupiters hav (gassen fortættes til hav pga. trykket, jo tættere man kommer på Jupiters kerne - i hvert fald i denne bog). Af en eller anden grund troede jeg, at den var skrevet i 1950'erne - bestemt ikke i år 2000!!! Den virker langt ældre, både mht. videnskabelige fakta, kvindesynet ...more
Geoff Battle
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bova heads in to fresh territory with Jupiter and mankind's desperation to find to new intelligent life. There is a perfect balance between science fiction and engaging characterisations and relationships, each mutually beneficial to the story. The end result delivers a well built novel, although somewhat formulaic in it's approach, where the reader can be totally immersed in believable sci-fi. A strong entry in the Grand Tour series, which can easily be read standalone, never blinds the reader ...more
Cameron Scott
This is the first Ben Bova book I've read. Pulpy. Wanting more from the craft of banged out sentences and ideas. Nothing wrong with the writing or story, just so many times felt I was reading a paycheck.

Anyone have any other suggestions for Bova's work?
This is my first novel by Ben Bova, although I'm sure I've read some writing books or anthologies edited by him. Still, it's my first exploration of his own fiction, and while I can certainly appreciate his skill with hard science (a leaning which I am admittedly not overly familiar with), I'm not sure how I feel, exactly, about this book. I hope that writing this review will help me solidify my opinion. I'm leaning towards a 3 or maybe 4 – good, but not great.

This milieu has a very interesting
Jan 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jonathan Snyder
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though some look at hard scifi with a bit of concern, I found Ben Bova's work here to be amazing and gripping. The characters and his approach to first contact was what I always pictured with all the ups and downs when it comes to anything you could encounter in real life. The characters meant a lot to me and I was very sad when the book finally came to an end. I look forward to getting the sequel.
Amoxy Mox
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the visualization of the Kin and the Darters in Jupiter's Ocean. Touching to see Grant and Leviathan willing to sacrifice for the savior of the other
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Phil Giunta
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amy Day
Ben Bova gives us another exiting adventure of the Solar System. Jupiter is a book in the Grand Tour series. Be sure to check all the titles in this exciting series.
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dustin Reidy
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben Bova's novel, Jupiter, is just one of many in his cadre of well written Sci-Fi novels. I hesitated to read this particular novel as I did not care for Mars, another of his in this series. However, I was caught rather quickly and found myself falling into this story of one man and the interplay of politics, religion, and exploration.
Initially I balked at the heavy religious aspects of this novel but found that it worked. It worked as the background tension to the growth of the young man (Gra
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Hassan Chaudhri
Nov 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like how Bova handles the internal conflicts. Some day I feel as though I am in the same position, but not near Jupiter.
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
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
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Is it just me or was this Bova's best book? 4 13 Jun 20, 2013 09:38PM  
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  • Mars Crossing
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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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  • Mars (The Grand Tour, #4)
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