A 21st century U.S. aerospace company has developed the first permanent human settlement on the Moon, made possible by major scientific breakthroughs, particularly in the practical use of nanotechnology (microscopic machines which can build structures on the moon using lunar raw materials as well as correct damage done to the human body by illness and injury.) But conflict within the company's founding family and growing protests against the technology from radical environmentalists and religious fundamentalists on Earth put Moonbase in danger of closure. Former astronaut and brilliant visionary Paul Stavenger must prevent the project from falling into the wrong hands as a power struggle leads to murder and the near destruction of Moonbase.
"This exciting, realistic near-future tale is an essential purchase for sf collections." (Library Journal)
"Bova's picture of life on the moon and the technology necessary to sustain it is highly believable." - (Publishers Weekly)
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A worthy read / listen
Mr. Rudnicki is one of the best - hands down! He could probably make almost any story enjoyable.
This was my first Ben Bova book. The style reminded me a lot of Orson Scott Card (or maybe OSC takes after Bova??) Anyway, between the similar style plus Rudnicki (who narrates most of OSC's books) I would often think I was listening to an OSC book. If you like OSC then you will probably like this book. If you don't like OSC, you probably won't.
Like OSC books, It seemed a bit longer than it needed to be but it did keep my interest. I learned a lot about the moon in the process, as well, which was cool. You are thrown for an unexpected little loop at the end of Part 1, and then jumps ahead in time to wrap up the story.
You will spend a lot of time on the moon and Bova does a good job building the future world of Moon Base, a space station, and various spots on Earth. The technology he describes is solid well thought out.
- Brian "I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon."
Another masterpiece of Ben Bova
- Jan Saell