A Novel (Star Quest Trilogy #3)
A new chapter in Hugo Award-winning author Ben Bova's hard science fiction Star Quest series unfolds in Survival.
A human team sent to scout a few hundred lightyears in front of the death wave encounters a civilization far more advanced, a civilization of machine intelligences.
These sentient, intelligent machines have existed for eons, and have survived earlier “death waves,” gamma ray bursts from the core of the galaxy. Self-sufficient and completely certain that the death wave cannot harm them, they have no interest saving other civilizations, organic or machine.
Now that the humans have discovered them, they refuse to allow them to leave their planet, reasoning that other humans will inevitably follow if they learn of their existence.
The Star Quest Trilogy
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Praise For Survival: A Novel (Star Quest Trilogy #3)…
Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for December—io9
Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read This December—The Verge
Best SFF of December—Unbound Worlds
“A page-turner.”—Manhattan Book Review
“ This is thoughtful, humanist SF with a finely sharpened scientific edge, an absolute gem of the genre.”—The Nameless Zine
“[Bova’s] excellence at combining hard science with believable characters and an attention-grabbing plot makes him one of the genre’s most accessible and entertaining storytellers.” —Library Journal
“Impressive.” —Kirkus Reviews on Titan
“A guaranteed crowd-pleaser!” —Booklist on Mercury
Tor Science Fiction, 9780765379559, 352pp.
Publication Date: December 31, 2018
About the Author
Ben Bova (1932-2020) was the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction, including Able One, Transhuman, Orion, the Star Quest Trilogy, and the Grand Tour novels, including Titan, winner of John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. His many honors include the Isaac Asimov Memorial Award in 1996, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and the Robert A. Heinlein Award “for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature” in 2008.
Dr. Bova was President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, and a former editor of Analog and former fiction editor of Omni. As an editor, he won science fiction’s Hugo Award six times. His writings predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), electronic book publishing, and much more.
In addition to his literary achievements, Bova worked for Project Vanguard, America’s first artificial satellite program, and for Avco Everett Research Laboratory, the company that created the heat shields for Apollo 11, helping the NASA astronauts land on the moon. He also taught science fiction at Harvard University and at New York City’s Hayden Planetarium and worked with such filmmakers as George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry.