Farside by Ben Bova audiobook

Farside

By Ben Bova
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Blackstone Publishing 9780765323873

The Grand Tour Series: Book 19

9.67 Hours Unabridged
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Farside, the side of the moon that never faces Earth, isthe ideal location for an astronomical observatory. It is also the setting fora tangled web of politics, personal ambition, love, jealousy, and murder. Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planetcircling a star some thirty light-years away. The race is on to obtainphotographs and spectra that show whether or not the planet is truly likeEarth—and if it bears life. Farside observatory will have the largest opticaltelescope in the solar system, as well as a vast array of radio antennas—themost sensitive radio telescope possible, insulated from the interference ofEarth’s radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the moon’s solid mass. Building the Farside observatory is a complex and oftendangerous task. On the airless surface of the moon—under constant bombardmentby hard radiation and infalling micrometeoroids—builders must work incumbersome spacesuits and use robotic machines as much as possible. Breakdowns,both mechanical and emotional, are commonplace. Accidents happen, some of themfatal. But what they ultimately find will stun everyone, and the human racewill never be the same.

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Summary

Summary

Farside, the side of the moon that never faces Earth, isthe ideal location for an astronomical observatory. It is also the setting fora tangled web of politics, personal ambition, love, jealousy, and murder.

Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planetcircling a star some thirty light-years away. The race is on to obtainphotographs and spectra that show whether or not the planet is truly likeEarth—and if it bears life. Farside observatory will have the largest opticaltelescope in the solar system, as well as a vast array of radio antennas—themost sensitive radio telescope possible, insulated from the interference ofEarth’s radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the moon’s solid mass.

Building the Farside observatory is a complex and oftendangerous task. On the airless surface of the moon—under constant bombardmentby hard radiation and infalling micrometeoroids—builders must work incumbersome spacesuits and use robotic machines as much as possible. Breakdowns,both mechanical and emotional, are commonplace. Accidents happen, some of themfatal. But what they ultimately find will stun everyone, and the human racewill never be the same.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“One of his best.” Booklist (starred review)
“With his customary use of scientific facts to augment his flair for storytelling, six-time Hugo Award winner Bova brings to life another sf adventure about humanity’s future in space. Bova’s emphasis is on plot and scientific speculation, but his characters still resound with personality.” Library Journal
Bova carries the story forward with his usual workmanlike, technically savvy narrative, which is interspersed with background facts and biographies of the main characters. The sort of gritty, hands-on, you-are-there yarn at which Bova has long excelled. Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Ben Bova

Author Bio: Ben Bova

Ben Bova was born in Philadelphia and received his doctorate in education from California Coast University in 1996. The author of over 120 futuristic novels and nonfiction books, he has also been a radio commentator, editor, lecturer, and aerospace industry executive. His articles, opinion pieces, and reviews have appeared in Scientific American, Nature, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. His work has earned six Hugo Awards. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and his novel Titan won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of 2006.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 9.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English