Six-time Hugo Award winner Ben Bova chronicles the saga of humankind's expansion beyond the solar system in Death Wave
In the precursor to the Star Quest Trilogy, New Earth, Jordan Kell led the first human mission beyond the solar system. They discovered the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. But one alien AI survived, and it revealed to Jordan Kell that an explosion in the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy has created a wave of deadly radiation, expanding out from the core toward Earth. Unless the human race acts to save itself, all life on Earth will be wiped out.
When Kell and his team return to Earth, many years after their departure, they find that their world has changed almost beyond recognition. Not only has a second wave of greenhouse flooding caused sea levels to rise, but society has been changed by the consequences of the climate shift. Few people want to face Jordan Kell's news. He must convince Earth's new rulers that the human race is in danger of extinction unless it acts to forestall the death wave coming from the galaxy's heart.
The Star Quest Trilogy
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This unpolished sequel to New Earth brings space traveler Jordan Kell back to his native soil. Isolated on his return to Earth and protected by a World Council security team, Kell finds Earth changed in his absence, but not changed enough. The aged and wealthy still exert control over the young and aimless. As Kell urges his fellow humans to become interstellar heroes, the World Council tries to tighten its grip on humanity's destiny. Many of the characters are more types than individuals, representing ideals instead of fully developed people with their own consistent motivations. The settings and culture are vividly rendered, though the composition relies heavily on repetition. The last third of the book loses steam as Bova applies the brakes on adventure, instead using coincidence and absurdity to arrive at a risible conclusion. There is talk of grand space odysseys but none of the promised thrills. The reader who continues trudging through this final section will reach a satisfying but contrived and somewhat unearned conclusion.
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Quite awful. Like a sci-fi story from the 50’s aimed at 15 year old boys. Is Ben Bova having a joke at our expense?