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Ben Bova Books In Order

Publication Order of Watchmen Books

The Star Conquerors (1959) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star Watchman (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dueling Machine (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Exiles Books

Exiled from Earth (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flight of Exiles (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
End of Exile (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Kinsman Books

Millennium (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kinsman (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Kinsman Books

The chronological order of the Kinsman Saga is the reverse of its publication order.

Publication Order of Voyagers Books

Voyagers (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Alien Within (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star Brothers (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Return (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Orion Books

Orion (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vengeance of Orion (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Orion in the Dying Time (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Orion and the Conqueror (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Orion Among the Stars (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Orion and King Arthur (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Grand Tour Books

Privateers (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mars (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Empire Builders (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Return to Mars (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Venus (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jupiter (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Saturn (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mercury (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Powersat (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Titan (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mars Life (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leviathans of Jupiter (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Farside (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Earth (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Wave (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of To Save The Sun Books

To Save the Sun (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To Fear the Light (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sam Gunn Collections

Sam Gunn, Unlimited (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sam Gunn Forever (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Moonbase Saga Books

Moonrise (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moonwar (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Asteroid Wars Books

The Precipice (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rock Rats (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Silent War (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Aftermath (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Billionaire’s Club Books

Mars, Inc. (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Jake Ross Books

Power Play (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Power Surge (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Power Failure (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Weathermakers (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out of the Sun (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Escape! (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
THX 1138 (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
As On a Darkling Plain (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Winds of Altair (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Sky Burned (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gremlins, Go Home! (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Starcrossed (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
City of Darkness (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Multiple Man (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Colony (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Test of Fire (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peacekeepers (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cyberbooks (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Trikon Deception (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Triumph (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Dream (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brothers (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Trap (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Immortality Factor (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Able One (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hittite (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Transhuman (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rescue Mode (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories

The Next Logical Step (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Forward in Time (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Maxwell's Demons (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Escape Plus (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Astral Mirror (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prometheans (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Battle Station (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Future Crime (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Challenges (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Future Quartet: Earth in the Year 2042 (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twice Seven (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Towers of Titan and Other Stories (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bloodless Victory (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Callahan Kids: Tales of Life on Mars (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Frontiers (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Bova, Volume I (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Bova, Volume II (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Analog Anthologies

Analog 9 (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Analog Annual (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Analog Yearbook (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Analog (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of 3 Short Stories Anthologies

Aliens (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Exiles (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Novella 3 (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Nebula Anthologies

The Best of the Nebulas (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nebula Awards Showcase 2008 (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Many Worlds of Science Fiction (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume 2A (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Science Fiction Hall of Fame: The Short Stories (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Milky Way Galaxy: Man's Exploration of the Stars (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Giants of the Animal World (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reptiles Since the World Began (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Uses of Space (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Planets, Life and LGM (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Quest of Quasars (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Amazing Laser (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man Changes the Weather (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Astronomies (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Weather Changes Man (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Starflight and Other Improbabilities (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fourth State of Matter: Plasma Dynamics and Tomorrow's Technology (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Analog Science Fact Reader (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Workshops in Space (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Through Eyes of Wonder (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Notes to a Science Fiction Writer (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Science: Who Needs It? (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Viewpoint (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Closeup: New Worlds (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seeds of Tomorrow (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The High Road (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vision of the Future: The Art of Robert McCall (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assured Survival: Putting the Star Wars Defense in Perspective (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star Peace Assured Survival (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Welcome to Moonbase (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Interactions: A Journey Through the Mind of a Particle Physicist and the Matter of This World (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Beauty of Light (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Immortality: How Science is Extending Your Life Span and Changing the World (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
First Contact: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Are We Alone in the Cosmos?: The Search for Alien Contact (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Craft of Writing Science Fiction That Sells (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space Travel: A Writer's Guide to the Science of Interplanetary and Interstellar Travel (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Story of Light (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Faint Echoes, Distant Stars: The Science and Politics of Finding Life Beyond Earth (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

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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