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Author:  Ben Bova
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0765348179
ISBN-13: 9780765348173
Sku: 202815070
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  434
Age Range:  NA
 
A novel of technology, terrorism, and hope
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In the aftermath of a terrible space accident, spaceplane scientist Dan Randolph, who designed the vehicle as part of a plan to free America from its dependence on fossil fuels, realizes that his experiment was sabotaged and must outmaneuver terrorists, the government, and his creditors in order to prove himself. By the author of The Silent War. Reprint.
Two hundred thousand feet up, things go horribly wrong. An experimental low-orbit spaceplane breaks up on reentry, falling to earth over a trail hundreds of miles long. And it its wake is the beginning of the most important mission in the history of space.
 
America needs energy, and Dan Randolph is determined to give it to them. He dreams of an array of geosynchronous powersats, satellites which gather solar energy and beam it to generators on Earth, freeing America from its addiction to fossil fuels and breaking the power of the oil cartels forever. But the wreck of the spaceplane has left his company, Astro Manufacturing, on the edge of bankruptcy.
 
Worse, Dan discovers that the plane worked perfectly right up until the moment that saboteurs knocked it out of the sky. And whoever brought it down is willing and able to kill again to keep Astro grounded.
 
Now Dan has to thread a dangerous maze. The visible threats are bad enough: Rival firms want to buy him out and take control of his dreams. His former lover wants to co-opt his unlimited-energy idea as a campaign plank for the candidate she's grooming for the presidency. NASA and the FAA want to shut down his maverick firm. And his creditors are breathing down his neck.
 
Making matters even more dangerous, an international organization of terrorists sees the powersat as a threat to their own oil-based power. And they've figured out how to use it as a weapon in their war against the West.
 
A sweeping mix of space, murder, romance, politics, secrets, and betrayal, Powersat will take you to the edge of space and the dawning of a new world.
In the aftermath of a terrible space accident, spaceplane scientist Dan Randolph, who designed the vehicle as part of a plan to free America from its dependence on fossil fuels, realizes that his experiment was sabotaged and must outmaneuver terrorists, the government, and his creditors in order to prove himself. By the author of The Silent War. Reprint.
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In this hard SF novel/right-wing thriller, entrepreneur Dan Randolph and his Astro Corporation plan to manufacture a series of satellites that will collect solar energy and send it to Earth, eliminating any future American need for Middle Eastern oil. In order to realize his dream, Dan must fight off outright critics and his creditors, and determine which of his apparent allies can actually be relied upon, and which are deadly enemies in disguise.
Author Bio
Ben Bova
Ben Bova's contributions to the world of science fiction are twofold: First, he is an accomplished, award-winning author, and second, his is an editor whose work was instrumental in moving science fiction out of the "pulp" ghetto and into the mainstream. Ben Bova began writing fiction in his teens, though his first novel did not appear until 1959. He graduated from Temple University in 1954 with a B.S., then worked as a newspaper editor until 1956, when he became a technical writer. He then worked in a variety of science-oriented jobs before being appointed to succeed the legendary John W. Campbell as editor of the influential science fiction magazine "Analog" in 1971. In 1978, Bova moved on to "Omni", where he was editorial director. As an author, Bova's Kinsman series is one of the most well known in all of science fiction. As an editor, in addition to winning the Hugo Award for six of the eight years he edited "Analog", his editorial ideas significantly shaped the way that science fiction came to be perceived. As well as his science fiction achievements, he is a former president of the National Space Society, a frequent science and technical expert on the "CBS Morning News", a popular lecturer, and a scientific consultant for the film industry.

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Publishers Weekly
"[A] suspenseful ride." 12/13/2004
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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0434
Product attributePublisher:   Tor Books
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