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Farside, the side of the moon that never faces Earth, is the ideal location for an astronomical observatory. It is also the setting for a tangled web of politics, personal ambition, love, jealousy, and murder. Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some thirty light-years away. Farside observatory will have the largest optical telescope in the solar system as well as a vast array of radio antennas, the most sensitive radio telescope possible, insulated from the interference of Earth's radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the moon's solid body. Building Farside is a complex, often dangerous task. Breakdowns--mechanical and emotional--are commonplace. Accidents happen, some of them fatal. But what they ultimately find will stun everyone, and the human race will never be the same.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765323873
Branch Call Number: SF BOVA
Characteristics: 367 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 13, 2018

Interesting (but not groundbreaking) hard sci-if whodunnit on the moon. “The butler did it, with nanomachines, in the infirmary” (no, that is not a spoiler).

Dec 06, 2014

Standard Bova rehash of prior plots. Bova continues to plagarize himself by recycling situations and even script. His short stories are much better.

Mar 21, 2014

As much as I like Bova I found this book to be longer than it had to be. A lot of points were repeated to the point of annoyance.

That said, I enjoyed it. This is the kind of science fiction that I'm always interested in; there are no aliens, for a start, it's about people, people trying to make a living, trying to accomplish something. With that comes conflict and opposing interests.

The book confines itself to the moon but travel throughout the solar system is part of the reality of the setting. This kind of near-earth SF is fun to read because it's the next logical step in human exploration. Our technology today does not include interstellar travel. We don't have a warp drive, but if we wanted, we could travel about the solar system today.

I think Bova is doing humanity a favour by telling stories that still embraces the "What If..." spark of SF but keeps it close to home. Perhaps he's trying to inspire people to make the "giant leap."

Inner_Prop Jul 11, 2013

Exoplanet science is so new and fast moving that I think the concepts around "New Earth" have already been outdated.

This Ben Bova book downplays the religious fervor that I think sometimes overburdened his other books.

A good book, but not groundbreaking.

May 12, 2013

Thought the premise of this book was quite intereesting, but try as I might just could not get into it.


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