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Like a folksy astrophysicist, Bova delights in talking about outer space, from the surface of Venus (hot enough to melt aluminum!) through the asteroid belt (four times farther from the sun than Earth!) to the depths of Jupiter (a beach ball squashed down by an invisible child!). His excitement at being there matches his gusto for the dirty deeds done in the name of love, honor and duty. Less happily, the volume reveals his occasional repetitive prose, hidden across the novels. Similarly, the differing backstories of the novels sit uneasily next to each other. Still, his stories offer glimpses of the human side of space, the heroic grins and tragic grimaces alike.
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By Lady Pamela on 07-29-15
Interesting combination of short stories and excerpts from some of Bova's novels. Some of the stories are excerpted from novels, but they hold up on their own. Recycled from the Grand Tour books...."Nothing to see here, move along."
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