Farside

Farside

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Six-time Hugo-Award winner Ben Bova presents Farside, part of The Grand Tour series.

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

Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some thirty light-years away. Now the race is on to get pictures of that distant world, photographs and spectra that will show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth, and if it bears life.

Farside will include the largest optical telescope in the solar system as well as a vast array of radio antennas, the most sensitive radio telescope possible, insulated from the interference of Earth's radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the Moon's solid body.

Building the Farside observatory is a complex, often dangerous task. On the airless surface of the Moon, under constant bombardment of hard radiation and infalling micrometeoroids, builders must work in cumbersome spacesuits and use robotic machines as much as possible. Breakdowns--mechanical and emotional--are commonplace. Accidents happen, some of them fatal.

What they find stuns everyone, and the human race will never be the same.

"Bova's latest novel is one of his best, and a classic use of the old sf theme of humanity reaching out for immortality among the stars."--Booklist (starred review) on Farside
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Product details

  • Paperback | 367 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 30.48mm | 113.4g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765363593
  • 9780765363596
  • 473,876

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"Bova's fans and hard SF lovers should flock to his latest novel."
--"Library Journal" on "Leviathans of Jupiter"

"A quick-paced space adventure."
--"Publishers Weekly" on "Leviathans of Jupiter"
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About Dr Ben Bova

BEN BOVA is a six-time winner of the Hugo Award, a former editor of Analog, former editorial director of Omni, and a past president of both the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America. Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction. He lives in Florida.
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1,162 ratings
3.15 out of 5 stars
5 10% (116)
4 27% (308)
3 39% (454)
2 17% (203)
1 7% (81)
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