Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday - Farside by Ben Bova

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Farside by Ben Bova

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. (Feb 12, 2013)


Ben Bova is one of those sci-fi legends I have always meant to read, but never quite got around to it. Able One has been sitting on my shelf for a while now, so it's a race to see which makes it into the 'read' pile first.

12 comments:

  1. Haven't heard of this one but it looks like an exciting read!

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  2. Sounds awesome, I'll add it on my wishlist! I love sci-fi!

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  3. This one sounds cool!Thanks for stopping by our blog!

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

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  4. Hadn't heard of this one but straight onto my reading list it goes. Great choice!

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  5. This looks very different from what I usually read but I will definitely keep an eye out for it though! I'm always looking for new branches of reading to take.

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  6. Sci-Fi isn't really my thing but I can see you're excited for it. I hope you get to read it soon!

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  7. Sounds interesting. I so rarely read sci-fi but every once in a while a title will click with me and this might be that kind of book.

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  8. Haven't heard of this one before, but it does sound interesting. Haven't read a good sci-fi lately and hopefully this might just be it when finally gets released.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Janus @ The Blair Book Project

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  9. I want to know what they find. I definitely need some more scifi readings in my life!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  10. Oooohhh this is new to me but I love sci-fi and space! Finding new discoveries in the universe has always intrigued me and freaked me out a bit. lol Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I haven't heard of this but it sounds interesting!

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    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

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  12. Is this book in his Grand Tour series?

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