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As someone who views Arthur C. Clarke's "Rendezvous With Rama" as the ultimate novel about man's first contact with extraterrestrials, I tackled this novel by Ben Bova eagerly. A strange object approaches the Earth from somewhere "out there," and the powers of Earth scurry about to find out what it is and what it means. It is Bova's vision of what the political, social, and theological ramifications of such an event might have been in the early 1980s. Very little of this book is about the alien itself; rather it focuses on how the U.S. and Soviet Union jostle to be the first to make actual contact with the visitor. Written seemingly with a movie screenplay in mind, the novel really never met my expectations, and it falls well short of Rama.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Although I have heard Ben Bova's name mentioned for years and years as a great sci-fi writer, I never made the time for one of his books until this one. I chose Voyagers because I wanted a Bova book and because it was featured on the front page of Audible.
I thought this story was terrific. The listener must bear in mind that it was written in the early 80s (probably late 70s), so the technology is laughable, but it seemed very realistic to me. I advise you just to read it as a period book and it will make perfect sense. I loved it and I recommend it to anyone that likes hard SF.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
This is the first book in the Voyagers trilogy - and it's all three books that tell the complete story. Fortunately, Audible has them all available. Even better, they are all narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, a maestro at accents who tells the entire tale with great skill and compassion.
The trilogy tells the story of Keith Stoner, an astrophysicist and ex-astronaut who is the first to discover that the solar system is being visited by an extra-terrestrial spacecraft. Voyagers I covers the story of Stoner going out to space to rendezvous with the alien visitor. In Voyagers II we find that Stoner was fundamentally changed by the experience. In Voyagers III, we see how these changes impact upon the whole evolution of the human race.
It's a great story, classic science fiction by one of the literary heroes of my youth. I recommend the entire trilogy.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The story is set in a time before the collapse of the soviet union and when computing is still in its infancy. However this does not detract from the story, it's still a good listen and worth your time.