New Earth

Bova, Ben

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
New Earth
"Award-winning author Ben Bova brings us New Earth, his latest tale of science fiction. The entire world is thrilled by the discovery of a new Earthlike planet. Advance imaging shows that the planet has oceans of liquid water and a breathable oxygen-rich atmosphere. Eager to gain more information, a human exploration team is soon dispatched to explore the planet, now nicknamed New Earth. All of the explorers understand that they are essentially on a one-way mission. The trip takes eighty years each way, so even if they are able to get back to Earth, nearly 200 years will have elapsed. They will have aged only a dozen years thanks to cryonic suspension, but their friends and family will be gone and the very society that they once knew will have changed beyond recognition. The explorers are going into exile, and they know it. They are on this mission not because they were the best available, but because they were expendable. Upon landing on the planet they discover something unexpected: New Earth is inhabited by a small group of intelligent creatures who look very much like human beings. Who are these people? Are they native to this world, or invaders from elsewhere? While they may seem inordinately friendly to the human explorers, what are their real motivations? What do they want? Moreover, the scientists begin to realize that this planet cannot possibly be natural. They face a startling and nearly unthinkable question: Could New Earth be an artifact?"-- Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0765330180
Branch Call Number: SF BOVA 2013
Characteristics: 384 pages ;,22 cm


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All alone in a crowd might best describe the crew of scientists sent to explore the recently discovered 'new earth'. The natives look and act like humans but....something is not quite right.

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Jan 18, 2015
  • Jules_V rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Jordan Kell and his team of scientists are sent on a mission to explore the planet Sirius C. The book was interesting enough to keep me reading through the story. I found some of the other characters pretty amusing, especially Meek. I also have some complaints. Some chapters are "fillers"(chapters that don't advance the story line whatsoever). An example is the romance between Jordan and Aditi. There was too much lovey dovey space opera between them. And it wasn't even GOOD space opera. I also found the ending to be somewhat disappointing. Nevertheless, it's a great book. If you're new to the Sci Fi genre and/or don't want to read a Sci Fi book that has to do with war/plague/invasion/etc then this is the book for you.

Sep 12, 2013
  • Labonte rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

- an awesome book.
- it made for a great read.
- well written & easy 2 read.
- a good story line which made it a real nice page turner.
- just when u think all is lost, it end up not being, haha. [read it 2 c what i ment by that]
- hope u enjoy reading it as much as i had.


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Jan 30, 2014
  • Jules_V rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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