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Powersat — satelita energetyczny


Powieść będąca prequelem do całego cyklu „Droga przez Układ Słoneczny”. Ambicją młodego inżyniera, Dana Randolpha, jest zapewnienie uzależnionej odbliskowschodniej ropy Ameryce alternatywnego źródła energii. Eksploatacjazbudowanego przez Dana satelity energetycznego będzie jednak opłacalnatylko pod warunkiem wykorzystywania taniego środka transportu na orbitę, aprototyp wahadłowca ulega katastrofie podczas lotu próbnego. Wiele poszlakwskazuje, że ktoś dokonał sabotażu. Kto stoi za tą zbrodnią? Międzynarodowekoncerny naftowe czy arabscy fundamentaliści? Firma Dana, AstroCorporation, stoi na skraju przepaści. Skąd może nadejść ratunek? Czy od Saito Yamagaty, którego koncern również inwestuje w energię ze Słońca? Amerykańskich koncernów naftowych, które zastawiają się nad inwestowaniem winne źródła energii?

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The Aftermath
Бова Бен
The Aftermath

In the wake of the Asteroid Wars that tore across the solar system, Victor Zacharius makes his living running the ore-carrier With his wife and two children he plies the Asteroid Belt, hauling whatever cargo can be found. When the stumbles into the middle of a military attack on the habitat Victor flees in a control pod to draw the attacker’s attention away from his family. Now, as his wife and children plunge into the far deeps of space, Victor has been rescued by the seductive Cheena Madagascar. He must do her bidding if he’s to have a prayer of ever seeing his family again.

Elverda Apacheta is the solar system’s greatest sculptor. The cyborg Dorn was formerly Dorik Harbin, the ruthless military commander responsible for the attack on . Their lives and destinies have been linked by their joint discovery of the alien artifact that had, earlier, profoundly affected industrialist Martin Humphries. Similarly transformed by the artifact’s mysterious powers, Apacheta and Dorn now prowl the Belt, determined to find the bodies of the many victims of Harbin’s atrocities so that they can be given proper burials.

Kao Yuan is the captain of , owned by Martin Humphries, who’s determined to kill Dorn and Elverda because they know too much about the artifact and its power over him. But ’s second-in-command, Tamara Vishinsky, appears to have the real power on board ship. When catches up to Apacheta and Dorn, their confrontation begins a series of events involving them, the Zacharius family, and Martin Humphries and his son in the transformation of the human solar system…

Бова Бен

Jamie Waterman, a Native American geologist, is chosen at the last minute for the first manned exploration of the planet Mars. On touchdown, he is so overwhelmed with the emotion of the moment that he utters a Navajo phrase instead of the political statement he is supposed to read. This sets off a chain reaction among the leaders and politicians on Earth. Thus starts Bova’s sprawling space opera. The expedition, seen from Jamie’s point of view, is really the protagonist here. The story is filled with lots of characters of different nationalities and there’s plenty of political intrigue. Of course, there are obstacles to overcome: a meteor almost destroys the lab, the doctor neglects his duty and nearly kills them all, crew members come down with mysterious “Martian flu,” and through it all is the never-ending search for evidence of life on this planet. Bova has done extensive research and his descriptions of Mars and the conditions under which the study is conducted are very plausible. All in all, a satisfying story.

 The novel is a part of currently 17-volume series “Grand Tour” that presents the theme of exploration and colonization of the Solar System by humans. Written in 1992 “Mars”, according to the internal in-universe chronology, stands 4 in the series and is immediately continued by “Return to Mars” published in 1999 which stands 7. Events depicted in “Moonrise” (1996) and “Moonwar” (1998) take place between those of “Mars” and “Return to Mars” and are loosely related to them.