Six-time Hugo-Award winner Ben Bova presents Farside.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. Now the race is on to get pictures of that distant world, photographs and spectra that will show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth, and if it bears life.
Farside will include 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 the Farside observatory is a complex, often dangerous task. On the airless surface of the Moon, under constant bombardment of hard radiation and infalling micrometeoroids, builders must work in cumbersome spacesuits and use robotic machines as much as possible. Breakdowns—mechanical and emotional—are commonplace. Accidents happen, some of them fatal.
What they find stuns everyone, and the human race will never be the same.
"Bova's latest novel is one of his best, and a classic use of the old sf theme of humanity reaching out for immortality among the stars."—Booklist (starred review) on Farside
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|Grouping Author||bova ben|
|Last Grouping Update||2020-02-23 04:41:59AM|
|Last Indexed||2020-02-23 04:42:56AM|
|auth_author2||Rudnicki, Stefan, 1945-|
|author||Bova, Ben, 1932-|
|author2-role||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
Westover Science Fiction
|display_description||"The discovery of an Earth-sized planet 30 light years from Earth sparks a race to develop a telescope to create a photographic record of the new world. The far side of the moon, with its "clear" view of space, seems an ideal location, but the project's planners must contend with rivalries from the existing moon colony of Selene. Sent from Earth to assist Dr. Ulrich, director of Angel Observatory, Dr. Trudy Yost immediately becomes involved in the web of politics, sabotage, and physical obstacles that mark life on Farside."--Library Journal.|
|format_arlington||Audiobook on CD|
|itype_arlington||Audiobook on CD|
|local_callnumber_arlington||CD SF BOVA|
|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library|
Connection Crystal City
|series||Grand tour of the solar system|
|series_with_volume||Grand tour of the solar system|19|
|subject_facet||Astronomical observatories -- Fiction|
Lunar bases -- Fiction
Farside / Ben Bova
Farside / by Ben Bova