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Tales of the Grand Tour is an aptly titled collection of short stories from Ben Bova's wildly popular Grand Tour saga (Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, et al.), a series of loosely connected novels about humankind's struggle to expand throughout the solar system and the societal advancements that follow.
Some of Bova's most memorable characters are featured in the 12 stories included. Sam Gunn, the legendary womanizer/scoundrel/entrepreneur, finds himself in the middle of a bitter battle between renegade Lars Fuchs and Martin Humphries, the richest man in the solar system, in "Sam and the Flying Dutchman." Navaho geologist Jamie Waterman is trying to earn a spot on the first human expedition to Mars in "Muzhestvo." Waterman returns in "Red Sky at Morning" to fight greedy capitalists set on exploiting the red planet. Astronaut Chet Kinsman appears in one of Bova's earliest short stories "Fifteen Miles" (1967), as he decides to risk his life saving a priest stuck on the barren surface of the moon. His heroics save much more than a life…
In a "pivotal moment in the ongoing saga of the Grand Tour," according to Bova, Humphries and artist Elverda Apacheta come face to face with an alien artifact discovered in the Asteroid Belt in "Sepulcher." Their experience will inexplicably change them -- and humanity -- forever.
Fans of Bova's grand saga need not worry that this collection is some kind of literary swan song. According to the author in the afterword, there are several novels left in the series. Obviously, the Grand Tour is far from finished. Paul Goat Allen