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Six-time Hugo Award–winning author and editor Ben Bova explores the early life of one of his most intriguing characters -- the hard-driving space entrepreneur Dan Randolph -- in Powersat, a high-tech thriller about the maverick's struggle to create giant satellites that can gather and utilize the sun's energy.
If realized, Randolph's dream to manufacture powersats that gather solar energy and transfer it to generators on Earth would end America's dependence on fossil fuels forever. In the character's own words: "If we could convert even a tenth of one percent of…sunlight into electricity, the world would never have a power shortage. Ever." But standing in his way are numerous powerful opponents: NASA, the FAA, fanatical ecological groups, international oil corporations, and a terrorist organization called The Nine -- whose ultimate mission isn't only to make America dependent on Middle East oil but to destroy the nation altogether.
Bova's mastery of mixing hard scientific theories with compelling romantic and political intrigue is evident once again in Powersat, where the plotlines concerning experimental low-orbit spaceplanes and mile-long solar satellites are flawlessly intertwined with complicated relationships, including Randolph's ill-fated love affair with a U.S. senator and his tumultuous friendship with the head of a Japanese corporation trying to take over his floundering company. Not surprisingly, the prolific Bova's provides a page-turner of the highest order, as entertaining as it is inspiring. Readers will have a hard time putting this book down. Classic Ben! Paul Goat Allen