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Battle Station

Battle Station

Ben Bova

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Battle Station collects short science fiction stories and nonfiction articles about the future of military space operations written by six-time Hugo Award winning author Ben Bova, whose hard science fiction has predicted the Space Race, virtual reality, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), and more.

From the Foreword:

"The sixteen stories and articles in this book deal with the prospects of war and peace in orbit, together with other glimpses of possible futures. Most of them treat directly with the military aspects of space. Others are devoted to allied facets of the human race’s expansion into the solar system.

The nonfiction articles are based on the latest factual information available at the time of their writing, interpreted through my own experiences and opinions. The fiction shows what mere facts cannot: how tomorrow’s technology will affect individual human lives. ...

In the sixteen works assembled here you will see:

•How an International Peacekeeping Force might actually work--even when betrayed from within.
•How energy projectors firing pinpoint beams of light may spell doom for the "ultimate" weapon.
•How baseball may become a tool for international diplomacy.
•How computers may one day replace politicians.
•How telephones may become small enough to be implanted in your skull.
•How benign extraterrestrials may have already influenced human history.

Nobody wants the military in space. But they will be there. They are already there. If we are wise, we will see to … More…

Battle Station collects short science fiction stories and nonfiction articles about the future of military space operations written by six-time Hugo Award winning author Ben Bova, whose hard science fiction has predicted the Space Race, virtual reality, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), and more.

From the Foreword:

"The sixteen stories and articles in this book deal with the prospects of war and peace in orbit, together with other glimpses of possible futures. Most of them treat directly with the military aspects of space. Others are devoted to allied facets of the human race’s expansion into the solar system.

The nonfiction articles are based on the latest factual information available at the time of their writing, interpreted through my own experiences and opinions. The fiction shows what mere facts cannot: how tomorrow’s technology will affect individual human lives. ...

In the sixteen works assembled here you will see:

•How an International Peacekeeping Force might actually work--even when betrayed from within.
•How energy projectors firing pinpoint beams of light may spell doom for the "ultimate" weapon.
•How baseball may become a tool for international diplomacy.
•How computers may one day replace politicians.
•How telephones may become small enough to be implanted in your skull.
•How benign extraterrestrials may have already influenced human history.

Nobody wants the military in space. But they will be there. They are already there. If we are wise, we will see to it that they serve to protect the peace and defend the human race against attack."

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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Battle Station

Battle Station
"Where do you get your crazy ideas?"
Every science fiction writer has heard that question, over and over again. Sometimes the questioner is kind enough to leave out the word "crazy."...

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Ben Bova

Ben Bova (1932-2020) was the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction, including Able One, Transhuman, Orion, the Star Quest Trilogy, and the Grand Tour novels, including Titan, winner of John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. His many honors include the Isaac Asimov Memorial Award in 1996, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and the Robert A. Heinlein Award “for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature” in 2008.

Dr. Bova was 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. His writings predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), electronic book publishing, and much more.

In addition to his literary achievements, Bova worked for Project Vanguard, America’s first artificial satellite program, and for Avco Everett Research Laboratory, the company that created the heat shields for Apollo 11, helping the NASA astronauts land on the moon. He also taught science fiction at Harvard University and at New York City’s Hayden Planetarium and worked with such filmmakers as George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry.

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