BN.com Gift Guide

Farside [NOOK Book]

Overview


Six-time Hugo-Award winner Ben Bova presents Farside.

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. ...

See more details below
Farside

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook - First Edition)
$7.99
BN.com price

Overview


Six-time Hugo-Award winner Ben Bova presents Farside.

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 

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


Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The discovery of an Earth-sized planet 30 light years from Earth sparks a race to develop a telescope to create a photographic record of the new world. The far side of the moon, with its "clear" view of space, seems an ideal location, but the project's planners must contend with rivalries from the existing moon colony of Selene. Sent from Earth to assist Dr. Ulrich, director of Angel Observatory, Dr. Trudy Yost immediately becomes involved in the web of politics, sabotage, and physical obstacles that mark life on Farside. VERDICT With his customary use of scientific facts to augment his flair for storytelling, six-time Hugo Award winner Bova (Power Play) 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. The author's wide reader base should enjoy this tale of future possibilities.
From the Publisher
“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 

“The sort of gritty, hands-on, you-are-there yarn at which Bova has long excelled.”—Kirkus Reviews on Farside

"With his customary use of scientific facts to augment his flair for storytelling, Bova brings to life another sf adventure about humanity's future in space."—Library Journal on Farside

“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

Kirkus Reviews
Near-future science-fiction thriller, one of Bova's Grand Tour series (Mars Life, 2008, etc.), detailing human exploration of the solar system. After an Earth-like planet is detected circling a nearby star, two projects race to capture the first visual images of New Earth. On the moon's Farside, permanently facing away from Earth, a vast distributed optical telescope takes shape under Farside Observatory director Jason Uhlrich's watchful eye--figuratively speaking, since he's actually blind and "sees" by means of sound waves. Needing further sponsorship, Uhlrich has asked the filthy rich McClintock family for money, so scion Carter McClintock is now his administrative chief. Also on the staff are young astronomer Trudy Yost and dedicated technician Grant Simpson, who takes drugs to combat radiation and keep himself going so he can get the job done. Far out in space, meanwhile, the International Astronautical Authority and its wealthy backers are assembling a rival telescope. When one of Uhlrich's mirrors cracks before installation, Simpson suggests they enlist the help of nanotechnology whiz Kris Cardenas to assemble another. Uhlrich is doubtful--nanotechnology is banned everywhere except on the moon--but accedes. Then Anita Halleck gets wind of the move; she's one of IAA's backers and has vengeful personal motives to oppose the McClintocks. Soon, suspense builds as a series of inexplicable deaths makes the Farside team start to wonder if deadly rogue nanomachines are loose in the facility--which could mean curtains for the entire project. 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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429949415
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Series: Grand Tour Series
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 68,276
  • File size: 996 KB

Meet the Author


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.
 
Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

LOBBER

 

 

Trudy Yost was understandably nervous as the ballistic rocket hurtled high above the barren, pockmarked lunar plain.

The liftoff had been a shock. Trudy had dutifully strapped herself into her seat and lowered it back to the full reclining position, as instructed in the safety lecture that played on the screen set into the passenger compartment’s overhead paneling.

Then the rocket engines had lit off and the ship hurtled off its launchpad with a deafening roar and bone-rattling vibration. The launch from Earth had been much gentler, and she assumed that a liftoff in the Moon’s light gravity would be just as easy.

Something’s gone wrong! Trudy thought. The g-force pushed her down into the reclined seat like a ton of cement on her chest. And it wouldn’t stop. She thought of the earthquake she’d experienced in Palo Alto, when she’d been a grad student. It went on and on, the whole world shaking and grinding, the dorm building swaying like a ship in a typhoon. Afterward, she was told that the tremor had lasted seventy-eight seconds. But it sure felt like hours.

The rocket engines stopped abruptly, leaving Trudy’s ears ringing and her arms floating off the seat’s armrests. Her stomach crawled up into her throat. She swallowed bile and swore to herself that she would not upchuck.

The pilot’s grinning face appeared on the overhead screen. “Well, we’re well and truly launched. We’ll be at Farside in thirty-two minutes.” Almost as an afterthought he added, “You can crank your seats up now and enjoy the view.”

Carefully Trudy raised her seat. She swallowed again and told herself that she’d experienced zero gravity on the flight up from Earth and there was absolutely no reason why she should get sick from it now.

Besides, there was this awesome hunk of a guy in the seat across the aisle from her and she’d be damned to hell and back if she was going to make an ass of herself in front of him.

He was smiling at her. “Quite a takeoff, wasn’t it?”

Trudy nodded weakly.

“These ballistic flights,” he said, “they slam on all the power at liftoff and then let the bird coast the rest of the way. No atmosphere to worry about, we just fly along an arc like an old-time artillery shell.”

He’s an Adonis! Trudy thought. Handsome, chiseled features; sparkling light brown eyes; thick dark hair long enough to tickle the collar of his expensive-looking jacket. Good broad shoulders, flat midsection. The kind who never looks at mousy little me, she told herself. And here I’m wearing this drab old pullover and jeans. Should have dressed better, should have thought of looks instead of comfort.

It took an effort for her to find her voice. “The ship looks like the Clipperships they use on Earth. Only kind of smaller.”

“Most of the Clippers back Earthside are manufactured here on the Moon. At Selene. They use nanomachines to build ’em out of carbon dust. Soot gets turned into diamond structure, thanks to nanotechnology.”

Trudy knew that. Everybody knew that, but this hunk of a stud was talking to her as if he were a professor and she a freshman.

“I thought the liftoff would be easier,” she said. “Gentler. What with the Moon’s lower gravity…”

He shook his head. “No, they blast off at four gees. Then coast. Here on the Moon they call these ships ‘lobbers.’ They just lob them up and out, like artillery shells.”

“Yes, you told me that.”

He smiled at her, teeth dazzling bright. “So I did.” Then he extended a hand across the narrow aisle. “My name’s Carter McClintock.”

His hand engulfed hers. “Trudy Yost.”

He cocked his head. “Trudy? Is that short for Gertrude?”

“No!” Trudy snapped. “Everybody thinks that. My parents named me Trudy. It’s on my birth certificate.”

“Okay. Okay.” He released her hand, then asked, “So what brings you to Farside?”

“I’ll be doing my postdoc work there. Under Professor Uhlrich.”

“Oh, you’re the astronomer,” said McClintock, looking impressed. “The professor’s new assistant.”

“I’ll be working with him on the optical interferometer. We’re going to image Sirius C.”

He nodded uncertainly.

“That’s the Earth-sized planet that was discovered about ten years ago,” Trudy explained.

“The one they call New Earth, right?”

“Right. It’s about two and a half parsecs from us, and it—”

“Parsecs?”

“Three point two six light-years. It’s the distance an object would be if it showed a parallax of one arc second. Parallax. Second. Parsec.”

“Oh. Yes. I see.” He leaned his chair back slightly and turned his attention to the overhead screen.

Stupid, stupid, stupid! Trudy raged at herself. Here you’ve got this hunk chatting with you and you bury him in jargon. Why do you have to show everybody how smart you are? It’s stupid. You just drive them away.

For several moments she sat rigidly in her chair, staring at the display screen, which showed the lunar landscape sliding by far beneath them.

The lobber’s passenger compartment was only half full. Six men and women heading for Farside.

Consciously refraining from biting her lip, Trudy turned back to McClintock and asked, “And why are you going to Farside?”

“I work there, same as you’re going to,” he said, brightening slightly.

“You’re an astronomer?”

He flashed that knockout smile again. “No. I’m … uh, I’m in management. I work with Professor Uhlrich, help him with administrative matters.”

“Oh,” said Trudy, glowing inside. “I guess we’ll see a lot of each other, then.”

“I imagine we will.”

 

Copyright © 2013 by Ben Bova

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 10 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(7)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 10 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Give it a pass.

    It reads like it was an eighth grade lit assignment. Predictable. One dimensional characters. Completely lacking any original thought.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2014

    Next res.

    Paw live.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Autumnkit

    "Soooo.....this is our new home?"

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Next res

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Sparklepaw

    Walked in

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    CelestialClan!

    Rules and info at 'wax wings' first result.<p>


    ~|^\FrozenStar/^|~

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 10 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)