Tales of the Grand Tour

The Grand Tour

Ben Bova

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In novels like Mars, and Moonbase, and Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn, as well as Privateers, The Precipice, and The Rock Rats, Ben Bova has been telling the stories of the wars and rivalries, the outsize individuals, public crusades, and private passions that will drive us as we expand into the Solar System and make use of its vast resources. And throughout, Bova has shown our cosmic neighborhood as we know it to be, giving us a sense of Venus and Jupiter and the Asteroid Belt and Mars that's as up-to-date as the latest observations. For the last two decades have been a golden age of near-Earth astronomy and observation, and Bova has made dramatic use of our newest knowledge.

Bova has written short fiction about some of the same characters and events--Sam Gunn, Martin Humphries, Klaus Fuchs, Dan Randolph, the Asteroid Wars. Now, in Tales of the Grand Tour, those stories are collected in book form for the first time, creating a volume that is a landmark of modern SF.

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SAM AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN
 
 
I ushered her into Sam’s office and helped her out of the bulky dark coat she was wearing. Once she let the hood fall back I damned near dropped the coat. I recognized her. Who could forget her? She was exquisite, so stunningly beautiful that even irrepressible Sam Gunn was struck speechless. More beautiful than any woman I had ever seen.
But haunted.
It was more than her big, soulful eyes. More than the almost frightened way she had of glancing all around as she entered Sam’s office, as if expecting someone to leap out of hiding at her.

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Praise for Tales of the Grand Tour

"Ben Bova is the last of the great pulp writers."
--The New York Times on Tales of the Grand Tour

"His stories offer glimpses of the human side of space, the heroic grins and tragic grimaces alike."
--Publishers Weekly on Tales of the Grand Tour

"Bova is entirely equal to making the novel's personal and corporate rivalries interesting and even compelling...Well above average as hard sf and space advocacy, so that even many non-space buffs will enjoy it."
--Booklist on The Rock Rats

"Another attention-grabbing entry in a series that continues to grow in stature, scope, and complexity. Once again, Bova in top form."
--Kirkus Reviews on The Rock Rats

"With Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein gone, Bova, author of more than 70 books, is one of the last deans of traditional science fiction. And he hasn't lost his touch. Venus scorches."
--Kansas City Star

"Recalls the work of Heinlein in his Destination Moon mode, or Hal Clement in any number of stories: a day-after-tomorrow tale crafted with near-journalistic purity. . . It's a difficult, demanding mode to pursue, and not many choose to nowadays. But Bova does it magnificently."
--Paul Di Filippo, Scifi.com, on Jupiter

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Ben Bova

Ben Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction, including Able One, Leviathans of Jupiter and the Grand Tour novels, including Titan, winner of John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and in 2008 he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award "for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature." He is President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, and a former editor of Analog and former fiction editor of Omni. As an editor, he won science fiction’s Hugo Award six times. Dr. Bova’s writings have predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), electronic book publishing, and much more. He lives in Florida.

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Tales of the Grand Tour
Ben Bova

Trade Paperback

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
April 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765310446
ISBN10: 0765310449
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$22.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429910637
ISBN10: 1429910631
384 pages
$7.99
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