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by Ben Bova

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John Mort
Short stories and essays from one of the best hard sf writers, with low-key commentary recalling the "challenge" of each piece. "Crisis of the Month" is a send-up of news coverage, focusing on the media's need to manufacture crises for a (future) world in which every problem has been solved, while "The Man Who Hated Gravity" concerns a trapeze artist who suffers a debilitating fall but reestablishes his career in the low-gravity environment of the Moon. "The Mask of the Red Death" drops into a sort of inadvertently avant-garde mode; Bova changes nothing about the Edgar Allan Poe story except to update it in terms of nuclear holocaust. Several of Bova's essays represent the best writing here, however--in particular his reminiscence of the great sf editor John Campbell. Bova comments not only on Campbell's flamboyant, chain-smoking, libertarian personality but on his overpowering professional influence; Campbell left his imprint on careers as divergent as those of Robert Heinlein and Joanna Russ. Bova's nonfiction scenario of 2042 is also intriguing. An in-betweener for Bova, after his meticulously researched, distinguished "Mars" , but respectable.

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Ben Bova is a six-time winner of the Hugo Award, a former editor of Analog, the former editorial director of Omni, and a past president of both the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America. Known for his works of works of science fact and fiction, Bova is the author of more than a hundred books—including the popular Grand Tour series ( Moonrise, Mars, and Titan).

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