The Aftermath

Book Four of The Asteroid Wars

Asteroid Wars (Volume 4)

Ben Bova

Tor Science Fiction

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In the wake of the Asteroid Wars that tore across the solar system, Victor Zacharius makes his living running the ore-carrier Syracuse. With his wife and two children he plies the Asteroid Belt, hauling whatever cargo can be found. When the Syracuse stumbles into the middle of a military attack on the habitat Chrysalis, Victor flees in a control pod to draw the attacker’s attention away from his family. Now, as his wife and children plunge into the far deeps of space, Victor has been rescued by the seductive Cheena Madagascar. He must do her bidding if he’s to have a prayer of ever seeing his family again.

Elverda Apacheta is the solar system’s greatest sculptor. The cyborg Dorn was formerly Dorik Harbin, the ruthless military commander responsible for the attack on Chrysalis. Their lives and destinies have been linked by their joint discovery of the alien artifact that had, earlier, profoundly affected industrialist Martin Humphries. Similarly transformed by the artifact’s mysterious powers, Apacheta and Dorn now prowl the Belt, determined to find the bodies of the many victims of Harbin’s atrocities so that they can be given proper burials.

Kao Yuan is the captain of Viking, owned by Martin Humphries, who’s determined to kill Dorn and Elverda because they know too much about the artifact and its power over him. But Viking's second-in-command, Tamara Vishinsky, appears to have the real power on board ship. When Viking catches up to Apacheta and Dorn, their confrontation begins a series of events involving them, the Zacharius family, and Martin Humphries and his son in the transformation of the human solar system…

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Chapter One

Ore Ship Syracuse:

Main Power Bay

Don’t touch that switch!” 

“Ow!” 

His father’s shouted warning made Theo Zacharias jerk upright. He banged his head painfully on the steel shelf that jutted out over the power bus recess set into the floor plates of the cramped compartment.

“You could trip all the breakers on the power bus,” Victor Zacharias admonished his son. “The whole damned ship would go dark.”

Fifteen-year-old Theo sat there surrounded by relays and circuit breakers,

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“Immensely entertaining…A cracking read.” --SFX on The Precipice

“Hard-charging…Ambitiously juggling elements of space opera, western, and Sophoclean drama, Bova keeps the pages turning.” --Publishers Weekly on The Rock Rats

“Vintage Bova.” --Booklist on The Silent War

“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

“An entertaining tale of survival and suspense.” --The Washington Times on The Precipice

“Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly entertaining fiction.” --Los Angeles Daily News

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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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The Aftermath
Book Four of The Asteroid Wars
Ben Bova

Mass Market Paperbound

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Science Fiction
April 2008
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765343161
ISBN10: 0765343169
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 400 pages
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Macmillan Audio
August 2007
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427201072
ISBN10: 1427201072
Audio Run Time: 12:00
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