A Novel of the Ringed Planet
Author: Ben Bova; Read by Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki and cast
Following the bestselling, widely-praised Venus and Jupiter, Ben Bova offers a new adventure of solar system discovery like nothing previously imagined
In the bestselling novels Venus and Jupiter, Ben Bova dramatized the latest discoveries about our own solar system in an epic tale of near-future exploration and development. Now Bova turns his attention to one of our system's greatest mysteries—Saturn.
Earth groans under the thumb of fundamentalist political regimes. Crisis after crisis has given authoritarians the upper hand. Freedom and opportunity exist in space, for those with the nerve and skill to take it. Now the governments of Earth are encouraging many of their most incorrigible dissidents to join a great ark, a one-way expedition to
Saturn, the ringed planet that baffled Galileo and has fascinated astronomers ever since.
But humans will be human, so amidst the idealism permeating Space Habitat Goddard are many individuals with long-term schemes, each awaiting their moment. And hidden from them is the greatest secret of all—the real purpose of this expedition—known to only a few...
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“Veteran sci-fi scribe Bova nails our current society on the head with this futuristic fable. Wisely cast with a skilled group of readers....Explore a world in which nanotechnology, cryogenics, virtually invisible surveillance techniques and fearless scientific investigation coexist with characters firmly committed to either freedom or tyranny. Well acted, grippingly and wittily written. Saturn runs rings around most sci-fi.” —AudioFile
“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.” —Kansas City Star on Venus
“Bova proves himself equal to the task of showing how adversity can temper character in unforeseen ways.” —The New York Times on Venus
“The story progresses rather well and the narrators, who are good at their jobs, take us along with them.” —SFCrowsnest.com