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Publication Order of Watchmen/The Others Books

The Star Conquerors (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Star Watchman (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dueling Machine (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Exiles Books

Exiled from Earth (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flight of Exiles (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
End of Exile (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Kinsman Books

Chronological Order of Kinsman Books

Publication Order of Voyagers Books

Publication Order of Orion Books

Orion (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vengeance of Orion (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Orion In The Dying Time (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Orion and the Conqueror (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Orion Among the Stars (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Orion and King Arthur (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Grand Tour Books

Chronological Order of The Grand Tour Books

Publication Order of Star Quest Trilogy Books

Publication Order of Outer Planets Books

Publication Order of Sam Gunn Books

Sam Gunn Unlimited (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sam Gunn Forever (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sam Gunn Omnibus: New Stories (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sam Gunn Jr. (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Moonbase Saga Books

Publication Order of The Asteroid Wars Books

Publication Order of Billionaire's Club Books

Publication Order of Jake Ross Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Weather-Makers (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of the Sun (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Escape! (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
THX 1138 (With: George Lucas) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
As On A Darkling Plain (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Winds of Altair (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
When the Sky Burned (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gremlins Go Home (With: Gordon R. Dickson) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Starcrossed (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
City Of Darkness (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Multiple Man (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Colony (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Test of Fire (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Peacekeepers (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cyberbooks (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trikon Deception (With: William R. Pogue) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Triumph (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Dream (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brothers (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Green Trap (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Immortality Factor (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Able One (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hittite (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transhuman (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rescue Mode (With: Les Johnson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Station Down (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Next Logical Step (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Answer, Please Answer (With: John Betancourt) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Forward In Time (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maxwell's Demons (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Escape Plus (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Astral Mirror (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Astral Mirror (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prometheans (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Battle Station (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Future Crime (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Challenges (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Future Quartet: Earth in the Year 2042 (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twice Seven (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Towers of Titan and Other Stories (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Frontiers (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mercury and Prometheans (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Bova (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Bova, Volume II (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Bova, Volume III (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Favorites (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Milky Way Galaxy (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Giants of the Animal World (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reptiles Since the World Began (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Uses of Space (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Planets, Life & Lgm (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Quest of Quasars (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Amazing Laser (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man Changes the Weather (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Weather Changes Man (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Astronomies (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starflight and Other Improbabilities (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fourth State of Matter (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog Science Fact Reader (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Workshops in Space (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Through Eyes of Wonder (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Notes to a Science Fiction Writer (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science--Who Needs It? (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Closeup, New Worlds (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Viewpoint (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seeds of Tomorrow (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
High Road (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vision of the Future (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Assured Survival (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Star Peace (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Welcome to Moon Base (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Interactions (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beauty of Light (With: Vonda N. McIntyre) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Immortality (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Contact (With: Byron Preiss) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Are We Alone In The Cosmos? The Guide To The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Craft of Writing Science Fiction That Sells (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Travel: A Writer's Guide to the Science of Interplanetary and Interstellar Travel (With: Anthony R. Lewis) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Are We Alone in the Cosmos? The Search for Alien Contact in the New Millenium (With: Byron Preiss) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Story of Light (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Living Universe (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faint Echoes, Distant Stars (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Science Fiction Writing Books

Aliens and Alien Societies (By: Stanley Schmidt) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time Travel (By: Paul J. Nahin) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Travel: A Writer's Guide to the Science of Interplanetary and Interstellar Travel (With: Anthony R. Lewis) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Best of Science Fiction: No. 10(1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog Science Fiction and Fact, June 1968(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Many Worlds of Science Fiction(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Hall Of Fame: The Novellas Book 2(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume II A(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog 9(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cosmic Laughter; Science Fiction for the Fun of It(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Hall of Fame: The Novellas Book 1(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Today and Tomorrow: A Discursive Symposium(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog Annual(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aliens: 3 Novellas(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aliens(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Study War No More(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weird Heroes Volume 6(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog Yearbook(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Novella 3(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rod Serling's Other Worlds(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alien Encounters(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Laughing Space: An Anthology of Science Fiction Humor(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog: Writers' Choice Volume II(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of the Nebulas(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Power(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog Science Fiction and Fact, February 1997(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog Science Fiction and Fact, June 2001(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Of Analog(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hard SF Renaissance(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog, January/February 2005(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Awards Showcase 2007(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Awards 42 (2008)(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 2(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Going Interstellar(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Gems, Volume Four, Jack Sharkey and Others(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Callahan Kids(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writers for Relief(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Carbide Tipped Pens(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Gems, Volume 9(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Visions of the Future(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden Age of Science Fiction - Volume XV(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Benjamin William Bova is an American Author; he has written over 120 books in both the science fiction and fact arenas, with the majority of his stories seeking to explore the idea of humanity’s expansion across the solar system.

With numerous awards to his name, Ben Bova has played important roles in both the Science Fiction Writers of America as well as the National Space Society, mostly in the role of president.


Ben Bova was born in Philadelphia in 1932; he met, courted and then married Rosa Cucinotta while attending Temple University in 1953, the couple producing a son and daughter before divorcing in 1974. He would go on to marry Barbara Berson Rose, who passed away in September 2009.

An avid fencer (responsible for organizing Avco Everett’s fencing club), Ben Bova is an outspoken atheist; he has dedicated a considerable portion of his life to critiquing the unyielding and unquestioning nature of religion, often taking considerable steps to promote the atheist’s ability to live a life that is as morally upright as any religious believer.

Of his many professionals during his younger days, Ben Bova’s time at the Project Vanguard as a technical writer in the 1950s stands out; he would later transition to the Avco Everett Research Lab, pursuing research in the area of lasers and fluid dynamics, this opportunity allowing him to encounter Arthur R. Kantrowitz of the Foresight Institute.

Of his transition into writing and fiction, many would point to the screenplay he wrote for The Search’, an episode of Land of the Lost; a children’s science fiction Television series in the 1970s. Ben initially invested his time into the failed Television series The Starlost’ as technical advisor, but quite after the first episode in supposed disgust.

The novel The Starcrossed’ chronicles these experiences in Ben Bova’s life, including a thinly veiled yet none the less visible characterization of friend and colleague Harlan Ellison, the writer making no secret of his distaste for those he thought were responsible for the failure of The Starlost’.

Ben Bova earned his Masters of Arts degree in communication from California Coast University after going back to school in the 1980s, as well as a Doctor of Education degree in the 1990s.

With over a hundred books to his name, Ben Bova’s reputation as an aficionado in the realm of science fiction is unparalleled, with the aging doctor not only continuously sought out to provide consultation services to many a movie (including 2010’s Repo Men with Jude Law and Forest Whitaker) but enjoying commendations from numerous sources in the movie and science fiction writers arena.

Ben Bova’s works are often very extensive, chronicling man’s exploration of the stars in gross detail, often from numerous points of view and across various novels, series and plots, one of the most popular of which is the Grand Tour, which constitutes more than a dozen novels whose chronological order is often the subject of debate, even with Ben Bova having provided what should have been the final word on the matter

The StarCrossed

Ben Bova hoped to serve as a science adviser for the TV series The Starlost’. However circumstances forced Bova to remove himself from the series in utter disgust after the first episode. The Starlost’ failed as a Television series. The Starcrossed aims to bring Bova’s experiences across to his readers, The StarCrossed most famously known for its thinly veiled characterization of Harlan Ellison, his friend and Colleague; the entirety of the novel manifests Bova’s determination to remove any association between his person and the Television series.

The starcrossed might be slight as a book but it is none the less delightful, with most readers likely to interpret the entire novel as more extended joke than serious affair. The StarCrossed follows a group of Hollywood industry hopefuls as they try to create a science fiction show.

Many reviewers of the book have suggested that readers first prepare themselves for the unique tone of humor present throughout the novel, possibly by seeking out and exposing them to The StarLost’ a terrible science fiction TV series whose failure was sealed by the saturation of interference from less than intelligent elements.

With a understanding of Ben’s life and the television industry of a bygone era, it isn’t difficult to make the connection that Ben Bova is most likely Bill Oxnard, the fictional show’s most underused and ignored science adviser, while Ellison manifests in Ron Gabriel.

For all its presentation as a science fiction story, though, The Starcrossed is anything but; precluding the hi-tech entertainment opportunities and smog clouds blanketing Los Angeles, little effort is poured into revealing the futuristic elements of Ben Bova’s world; which is somewhat understandable considering that Ben Bova’s intention is to reveal the satirical nature of the world of movies and television rather than provide a thrilling ride within a wondrously futuristic city.

City of Darkness

Ron Morgan is a teenager seeking freedom from his father; having passed his college entrance exams with flying colors, Morgan seeks out a thrilling setting within which to unwind; he finds the answer in Fun City: Manhattan, a domed playground, his destination on Labor Day. Whatever phantoms of excitement Morgan was looking for, however, melt away when he loses his wallet and identity card, suddenly trapped in a dome that is now closed for the season.

Ron is on his own, with no food or shelter, ruing the decisions that led him into his predicament and hoping that he can escape New York in one piece.

The story of City of Darkness’ essentially follows Morgan as a pampered kid from Virginia who, incensed at his father’s determination to control his life, quickly finds that the streets of New York can be a mean and dangerous place. When the city closes, the gangs come out to play. And with no one to turn to, Morgan will have to trust his wits to survive, in the process learning something about his being.

Critics have always been divided on City of Darkness’; there are readers that appreciate the journey Morgan must undergo and the maturation he eventually has to experience. Yet for others the transformation isn’t particularly thrilling, with Morgan presenting a personality averse to conflict, which eliminates opportunities for epic drama and noteworthy revelations.

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