Venus (Grand Tour Series #4)

Venus (Grand Tour Series #4)

by Ben Bova
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Venus (Grand Tour Series #4) by Ben Bova

Here is the central volume in Bova's epic tour of the solar system, now available on audio for the first time. Late in the 21st century, the son of a tyrannical tycoon accepts the ultimate challenge: a race to Venus to recover the remains of his older brother who perished in the first attempt by man to land on the planet. From the author who will have "the greatest effect on the scientific world and the world as a whole." — Ray Bradbury

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312872168
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Series: Grand Tour Series , #4
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.81(w) x 8.55(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Ben Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction, including Able One, Leviathans of Jupiter and the Grand Tour novels, including Titan, winner of John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and in 2008 he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award "for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature." He is President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, and a former editor of Analog and former fiction editor of Omni. As an editor, he won science fiction’s Hugo Award six times. Dr. Bova’s writings have predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), electronic book publishing, and much more. He lives in Florida.

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Venus 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Ben Bova's books, Mars, Return to Mars, and i must say this is at the top of my list. It is a riviting tale of a struggling man plagued with illness who tries to earn the respect of his 'Father'. Along the way Van encounters many mishaps and struggles along the way. This is a fantastic read that will keep you up all night reading to try and find out what happens, A MUST READ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What drives men to love and hate so much drives this story. Venus our morning and evening star we know so little about. Great sci-fi book to read and share.
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There were times that I had to guess at the content, because the OCR scan of the book wasn't proofread. I dreaded chapter changes as the difference in typeface interrupted the first few lines of just about every single chapter. Yech! Please please please - proofread the scans before flinging them at customers!
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When I started reading this tale, I was less than impressed with Ben Bova¿s choice of a protagonist. But, the reader quickly begins to empathize with Van Humphries, the somewhat sickly, younger son of billionaire, Martin Humphries. The plot develops as Martin¿still mourning the lost of his first son Alex; whose spaceship crashed on the first manned expedition to Venus¿withdraws his financial support for Van. Simultaneously, Martin announces a $10 billion Venus Prize to the first person who recovers Alex's remains from the planet¿s scorching surface. Reluctantly, Van rises to the challenge, and puts together an expedition in search of his monetary independence. In a well-paced tale, Van encounters incredible dangers and a determined rival, Lars Fuchs (his fathers arch-enemy), as he descends through Venus¿s hellish atmosphere. Van experiences real character growth as he struggles to overcome everything his shipmates and Venus can throw at him. You know the writing is good when you stay up late because you¿ve got to find out what happens next. That¿s what happened to me when I reached the book¿s climax. --David Hitchcock, author, VIRTUAL LIFE and PATENT SEARCHING MADE EASY
Guest More than 1 year ago
I realize the above phrase may trivialize this novel's import, but the truth is that this story is narrated by a 25-year-old man suffering from pernicious anemia who is forced into a voyage to Earth's sister planet by his domineering, spiteful father. Van Humphries is not brave, he is not a pioneer by nature, he doesn't even have a clear vision of what he wants to do with his life. But he is tired of his father's iron fist, his father's ceaseless criticism, and so he voluntarily, tremulously embarks on a voyage that could very well kill him. In short, a reluctant astronaut. The reader will sympathize with any number of characters...and despise others. This is not an action-without-character-development sci-fi story. This a real story about people plagued by doubts and suspicions, who are looking for the truth, set against the backdrop of interplanetary exploration in the late 21st century. Van Humphries freely admits he's never been in love, he half-agrees with his father's disdain of himself (for he was sickly and weak from birth), and he rationalizes his fears and lack of ambition adroitly. But above all else, Van worships his brother, and he is determined to discover what killed him. For Van Humphries will be the second man to land on Venus--his brother was the first. And he never came back. Ben Bova offers an excellent Venus 101, sharing elementary facts about the planet without condescension. Each scientific fact is well laid out, and each scientific speculation is presented in a believable context. You feel the 900-degree-heat of Venus' surface. You choke on its sulfuric atmosphere. You wonder if you've discovered Hell itself. I recommend Ben Bova unreservedly; I remember his name from Omni Magazine (yes, I'm that old), but this is my first exposure to one of his novels. I intend to read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
first of all, i love ben bova books. Venus did the trick to start my fasination with ben bova. the plot was good and in the middle of the story made me very mad. so in the end it was well. i recomend this book to anyone who loves sci fi
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard about Ben Bova's Mars and Return to Mars, but I tripped upon Venus and picked it up to start reading Ben Bova's books. It captivated me, keeping me interested and wanting to devour the book. Great storyline, great premise and very interesting presentation. I am now actively pursing Mars and Return to Mars and am sure I will be pleased.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After having read Bova's Mars saga, I couldn't wait for this one. I found it to be just as exciting, dramatic and suspenseful as the others were. I really identified with the main character and liked sharing his adventures and watching him change. If Venus has one downfall, it's that it focuses more on the characters than on a serious study of the planet. Still, it's a unique and engaging read for anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this was a wonderfully written book and was jam packed with action and a fast read. I had to wonder if Ben Bova is getting a little too commercial. His previous book Mars was about serious scientists exploring the planet Mars and stories of character's personal lives were kept to a minimum. Mars focused on Mars. This book focused on a very self-absorbed character and his personal relationships and the science seemed more like a back drop. Also the brief look at potential life on Venus looked more like something out of Star Trek.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After having read Bova's 'Mars' and 'Return to Mars' books, I jumped to purchase this when I saw it on the shelf. I was not disappointed when I read it. I found the book to be exciting reading. I recommend it to all SF fans!!I was a Heinlin fan, but now that he has gone, Ben Bova has taken his place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really like this book, you should read it if you like sci-fi whatsoever