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Jupiter | [Ben Bova]

Jupiter

Grant Archer merely wanted to study astrophysics, to work quietly as an astronomer on the far side of the Moon. But the forces of the "New Morality", the coalition of censorious do-gooders who run 21st-century America, have other plans for him. To his distress, Grant is torn from his young bride and sent to a research station in orbit around Jupiter, charged with the task of spying on the scientists who work there.
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Publisher's Summary

Grant Archer merely wanted to study astrophysics, to work quietly as an astronomer on the far side of the Moon. But the forces of the "New Morality", the coalition of censorious do-gooders who run 21st-century America, have other plans for him. To his distress, Grant is torn from his young bride and sent to a research station in orbit around Jupiter, charged with the task of spying on the scientists who work there. What they don't know is that his loyalty to science may be greater than his loyalty to "The New Morality". But that loyalty will be tested in a mission as dangerous as any ever undertaken.

©2001 Ben Bova; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Solid action and wonder with credible alien life forms and inspired technology....Jupiter is a new favorite destination for sci-fi exploration, and Bova's take on the planet is unique and enticing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Noble and Warren's pace helps create a roller coaster of suspense and clear distinction amongst varying dialects....Easy-to-follow and entertaining deliveries." (AudioFile)

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    Kevin Ottawa, ON, Canada 08-12-05
    Kevin Ottawa, ON, Canada 08-12-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Great Stuff!"

    I really enjoyed this book, great SF, i.e. the science is credible, but eerily futuristic and captivating, really makes you wonder... The story line is great, Bova is just a great story teller; the story is an adventure with lots of action etc, but it is also about the inner life, struggles and journey of discovery of its main character. Finally, the character development is excellent, you really get to feel some of the struggles and emotions of the characters.

    A great read that I would highly reccomend!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    David Mauldin, SC, USA 08-09-05
    David Mauldin, SC, USA 08-09-05
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    "Amazing"

    Like any SF junkie, I've heard of Ben Bova for a very long time. Unfortunately I've never got around to reading/listening to his stories, till now. I picked Jupiter for one my membership books and didn't know what to expect. Well, I'm glad I picked it, because this is great SF! A captivating story and interesting ideas.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara A. Russell Sedona, AZ United States 06-25-07
    Barbara A. Russell Sedona, AZ United States 06-25-07 Member Since 2002

    Triadbooks

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    "The best of Bova"

    I loved this audio. Having heard all of the Voyager series I quickly became a Ben Bova fan. This audio is even better than Voyagers in my opinion. It was truly riveting in storyline, charaterizationa and suspense that glued me to my ipod until the end. I hope Grant Archer will be repeated in a sequel to this.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    04-04-06
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    "Great SiFi"

    I have been a reader of science fiction for many years but only recently began listening to audio books. Jupiter was my first audio SiFi and I couldn't be happier with the whole experience. Bova's story is a classic SiFi with a riviting story line, good science, interesting characters, and an underlying politic theme. The great story is made even better with the wonderful oral presentation. I began listening to the story in car while traveling to work and appointments. The story was so captivating, I was soon wearing the ear buds from the car into the office and home. Then it was any lame excuse I could make...in the bathroom at times. I have just downloaded Titan and hope for more of the same. There were a few technical details I thought overlooked by Bova, like the characters could talk while submerged in a PFC liquid. The fluid would have slowed the vocal cords too much to allow speech. Also, the characters are "connected" to the ship with fiber optic lines attached to their legs. This system of connectivity would be very cumbersome and in fact was in the story. Yet the PDA-type devices apparently connected to the ship by some other wireless system not explained in detail. Obviously, a wireless system would be far more likely in this situation. But despite such little details, Bova does a wonderful job imagining the possibilities of the Jovian atmosphere and all that lies within.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Keenan Aiea, HI, USA 10-29-08
    Keenan Aiea, HI, USA 10-29-08
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    "Definitely an investment"

    For those who didn't finish it and didn't like it, you really should've read till the end because I stayed up for 3 hours straight to finish it. For me, It got really good at the end. Although I still felt there were certain things that I felt were dropped just to make the ending a little more safe. I wish it were daring, and maybe it's just that it led me down this path thinking something were going to happen.

    It's fine though, I still enjoyed it. If you're a sucker like me for sci-fi and have a good chunk of free time, I would recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris midvale, UT, United States 05-16-06
    Chris midvale, UT, United States 05-16-06 Member Since 2002

    Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.

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    "The Grand Tour and more"

    The Ben Bova's Grand Tour is real fun and approaches hard science fiction at times but remains a set of GREAT adventure stories first and foremost. Jupiter is an interesting view of the society that is in the books. This time it is from the view of a "believer" not the semi-atheists the other books tend to focus on. A real fun romp below the atmospheric oceans and a great "first contact" story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 03-29-06
    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 03-29-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent Sci-Fi"

    I was not particularly fond of Bova's earlier short works, I think I got interested in his (paper) books about the time the Rock Rat series came out, but I took a chance on Jupiter (audio) due to the reviews, and got HOOKED. I found myself in the truck going places I didn't really need to go just to listen to it, and then found myself walking around with my MP3 player in my pocket.

    It Lead me on to "Titan", (I JUST finished it) which is also an excellent book, and I am hoping Bova will continue the series.

    I was going to "back up a bit" and get "Saturn", but the reviews don't look too good for it, So I may back up further and get the first three Rock Rat Books in Audio.. I've become an audio junkie ;)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 12-19-13
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Pack your swimsuit and your imagination for this!"
    What did you like best about Jupiter? What did you like least?

    Some of the interpersonal issues ( which Bova seems to take special pride in ) can detract from the core story, but are tolerable. On the flip side, the internal dialogues of the Leviathans are fascinating, esp. given the reading by the inimitable David Warner.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jupiter?

    As in most of Bova's stories, they kind of flow ( versus have high points/low points ) so looking for a specific moment may not be helpful. That said, I did like the "resolution" per se.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Noble and David Warner – was your favorite?

    The Leviathans by Mr. Warner are highly compelling.


    Could you see Jupiter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Gosh, I am not a casting agent. A big story to be told , that is for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    The Solar System series continues to fascinate and grow on me. This one is notable in that it is not narrated by Stefan R. and so we have a fresh view on Bova's storytelling. On balance this is a very entertaining audio performance, is a good stand alone story ( as opposed to be a continuance of previous stories ) and is well worth the credit for fans of this series, and for any true speculative fiction fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 08-24-12
    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2011

    MIke Charette

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    "Great story! Bova's best!"
    Would you listen to Jupiter again? Why?

    Yes, and I have. Though I could do without the terriable intro by Halin Ellison! I get the feeling Ben Bova is friends with Harlin, the way George Lucas is friends with Steve Spielberg; some what temparate, to say the least. And I resent the fact that the "Goyim" cant tell jokes, there are hundreds of non Jews who are very funny! Aside from that, this is a great story, and one of Bova's best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ohara, she was spunky!


    Have you listened to any of Christian Noble and David Warner ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    They are both good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the main charactor got thrown in the pool by the guards.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 07-17-14
    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Sci-fi or Prophesy?"

    Knowledge more powerful than ignorance...a novel of exploration and discovery. Author writes about human expansion in the 21st century -- to the solar system. Pivotal character pulled between science and religion, which makes a thought-provoking read. Is this Sci-fi or prophesy? Where is the next book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. David Drage
    Aberdeen, UK
    7/4/06
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    "A good read, although not perfect!"

    This book is a good read althougth the characterisation leaves a little to be desired!
    The plot is very interesting, the science seems plausible and firmly grounded in reality. There are a lot of political and religious intrigues that reflect current real life issues and certainly give one plenty to think about.
    My main problem with this book is the characterisation, it seems fairly two dimensional. The reader is more or less clued in to the nature of each character from that characters first line of dialogue. Also the level of hostility between members of the scientific community on the Jupiter orbital station seems to be at such a level that it would make it virtually impossible for that station to operate in any reasonable way.

    Other than my concerns over the charcterisation and interaction between some of the characters, I really enjoyed this book. In some ways it felt like classic style SF but with modern overtones and issues.

    I have just bought another BOVA, so I guess it was good enough to get me to read another one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
    6/6/06
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    "Breaking Out"

    This is a story about someone caught up in the convention and regulation of life who breaks free from the restrictions to performing original, ground breaking work. He is helped by a mentor who appears aggressive at the beginning. However, as time goes by he understands his mentor who isn't aggresive but more determined, even single minded at times, and shows him how to achieve a breakthrough in the understand of life, even though this goes against the convention and restrictions of the 'world' in which they live. As the title suggests, the story is based near the planet Jupiter. It is a good science fiction story, but also has this element of challenging the rules and regulations 'for the benefit of all.' I wont say any more about the detail of the story as I might spoil it for you. However, I thoroughly recommend this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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