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(Tor.com)   At age 88 Ben Bova has edited his last anthology   (tor.com) divider line
    More: Sad, Science fiction, editor Ben Bova, prolific science fiction author, following years, numerous short stories, science fiction genre, president of the Science Fiction, first novel  
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2020-12-01 3:05:09 AM  
Onward brave explorer, may your new horizons compare with the ones you have shared with us.

/thank you and Godspeed
 
2020-12-01 3:48:15 AM  
Now there's a name I've heard from time to time.. probably haven't read his works directly.  But it sounds like he's been around behind the scenes for a long, long time.

We have lost a forward thinker.
 
2020-12-01 3:56:11 AM  
The Grand Tour was an amazing universe he built, and one we're likely to have happen.
 
2020-12-01 5:19:10 AM  

enry: The Grand Tour was an amazing universe he built, and one we're likely to have happen.


And the Sam Gunn stories were some of the best comedy writing in science fiction.
 
2020-12-01 6:19:15 AM  
Mars by Ben Boca captured the the journey to the red planet. The Grand Tour series was great, rooted in scientific speculation but Mars stands out.

Looks like I'm diving back in for some reads.
 
2020-12-01 6:49:19 AM  
Damned shame. He was a decent author, too.
 
2020-12-01 7:40:04 AM  
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First book of his I ever read.  At least 40 years ago.
 
2020-12-01 7:48:40 AM  
Bova Deez
 
2020-12-01 8:31:50 AM  
His books were always a fun little ride.  I did get a bit of a "recently divorced dude story boarding while waiting in a mall parking lot to give his kids back to his ex-wife" sort of vibe for most of his female characters though.
 
2020-12-01 8:34:20 AM  
Ben Dova? You don't say.
 
2020-12-01 8:39:33 AM  
RIP, SciFi pioneer dude.
 
2020-12-01 8:40:03 AM  
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RIP Ben Stein
 
2020-12-01 8:41:29 AM  

Philibuster: His books were always a fun little ride.  I did get a bit of a "recently divorced dude story boarding while waiting in a mall parking lot to give his kids back to his ex-wife" sort of vibe for most of his female characters though.


Most "golden age" sci-fi writers weren't very good at writing characters, especially female ones. They were mostly idea people.
 
2020-12-01 8:49:52 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Philibuster: His books were always a fun little ride.  I did get a bit of a "recently divorced dude story boarding while waiting in a mall parking lot to give his kids back to his ex-wife" sort of vibe for most of his female characters though.

Most "golden age" sci-fi writers weren't very good at writing characters, especially female ones. They were mostly idea people.


Oh, absolutely, his women just always stood out as being particularly bad, even within that era of writers.  Read the hell out of his books anyway though.
 
2020-12-01 8:50:40 AM  
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The Exiles Trilogy were the first novels I ever read. They had them in my grade school library for some reason (I went to a small Catholic grade school in Reading PA where are you would not expect such books)

I'm sure I only checked them out because of the covers and probably didn't really comprehend most of what I was reading at the time. Maybe I should check them out again?
 
2020-12-01 9:15:53 AM  
I get that quantity does not necessarily mean quality.  But 100 books plus his various other projects in 88 years is impressive as hell.
 
2020-12-01 9:25:15 AM  

Philibuster: Tyrone Slothrop: Philibuster: His books were always a fun little ride.  I did get a bit of a "recently divorced dude story boarding while waiting in a mall parking lot to give his kids back to his ex-wife" sort of vibe for most of his female characters though.

Most "golden age" sci-fi writers weren't very good at writing characters, especially female ones. They were mostly idea people.

Oh, absolutely, his women just always stood out as being particularly bad, even within that era of writers.  Read the hell out of his books anyway though.


a good look at 4 of the pioneers in Science Fiction is this

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But as the book reveals...these were NOT well balanced men...especially L.Ron Hubbard. Many if not most of the male authors in science fiction from this era (and still today) could not write a realistic female character if they had a gun to their head.
 
2020-12-01 10:10:41 AM  
Definitions:

Bova:  To explode into public with a blinding flash
Asimov: To Bova repeatedly
 
2020-12-01 1:31:20 PM  
I haven't read one of his novels in decades but he was a regular during my teen reading years. Funny thing I can't remember a single title but i remember he was a good read. I'll have to revisit in memorium.

/ Back to the recycling bin, Ben, cya sooner than I'd like.
 
2020-12-01 2:04:53 PM  
I know of a few accounts where he met actually science people.  He was genuinely interested in science but not a real science guy.  Still, all said he was a nice guy.  I read some of his later works and they really fell off.  I felt that it was rather sad.  Remember the good things.
 
2020-12-01 2:18:53 PM  
Well... fark you again, 2020.
 
2020-12-01 3:33:33 PM  

Farking Clown Shoes: enry: The Grand Tour was an amazing universe he built, and one we're likely to have happen.

And the Sam Gunn stories were some of the best comedy writing in science fiction.


Just picked those up. Thanks :)
 
2020-12-01 7:36:56 PM  
I liked Ben, but he was a bit of a rightwing nutjob.  The first Nebulas I attended as a nominee, he selected Newt Gingrich as a keynote speaker.  Some of us got up and left.  Newt turned out to be personally charming, which just goes to show you how banal evil can be.
 
2020-12-01 8:05:34 PM  

buntz: [Fark user image image 292x475]

The Exiles Trilogy were the first novels I ever read. They had them in my grade school library for some reason (I went to a small Catholic grade school in Reading PA where are you would not expect such books)

I'm sure I only checked them out because of the covers and probably didn't really comprehend most of what I was reading at the time. Maybe I should check them out again?


The first book, Exiled from Earth, was a favorite of mine as a young teen.
 
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