- Taschenbuch: 500 Seiten
- Verlag: Tor Books St Martins Pr Inc; Auflage: Reissue (Oktober 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0765357259
- ISBN-13: 978-0765357250
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,8 x 3,5 x 0,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 481.471 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Leviathans of Jupiter (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Oktober 2011
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"Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction."
--"Daily News "(Los Angeles)
Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction. "Daily News (Los Angeles)""
"Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction." --Daily News (Los Angeles)
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Ben Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction, including Able One and the Grand Tour novels, including Titan, winner of John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and in 2008 he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award "for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature." He is 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. Dr. Bova's writings have predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), electronic book publishing, and much more. He lives in Florida.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Übersetzung ist derzeit wohl nicht zu haben) setzt Bova die Geschichte fort, die
er mit "Jupiter" begann. Zeitlich liegt diese Geschichte nach "The Aftermath",
dem vierten Teil der Asteriod-Wars.
Leider verfällt Bova wieder auf ein Schema, dass man in seinen Grand-Tour
Büchern oft trifft: bis an die Grenze des erträglichen eindimensionale Charaktere
... das ist der Hauptgrund, warum dieses Buch nur wenig Spass macht, und das
obwohl die Grundzutaten im wesentlichen stimmen ... auch eingebettet in die
Grand-Tour würde man von den Protagonisten (von denen man zwei aus
"the Aftermath" kennt und einige andere aus "Jupiter") mehr erwarten ...
nur leider verpasst es Bova wieder mal, seinen Charakteren ein wenig echtes
Im Rahmen meines "ich lese die gesamte Grand-Tour" Projektes war dieses Buch
einfach "an der Reihe" ... soweit ist da auch ok ... empfehlen kann man es aber
nur ähnlich gesonnenen Lesern ...als Einzelbuch ist es wenig empfehlenswert.
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The idea of this book gives those of us who enjoy sci-fi a great line of thought to follow. We always thought that life had to start on rocky planets. There's no way it could begin on the gas giants like Jupiter. We were wrong; we were wrong on a titanic scale. Swimming in the liquified clouds of Jupiter are herds of animals larger than cities. Named Leviathans after the monsters from Judeo-Christian mythology, humanity has encountered a problem. The depth at which the Leviathan, and apparently countless other animals, live in Jupiter is at a place where our technology is at its limits. A crew of people have volunteered to go down in a new ship. But in the pool of perflourocarbon, where they are isolated for Station Gold above them, they are on their own. To say "anything can go wrong" doesn't put the weight of context on the horror of their situation.
Overall the book is great. Fairly quick read through once you decide to buckle down and read. One thing I can't seem to understand is the advancing love line between two of the characters. Perhaps I didn't read closely enough, but it just seems sort of rushed and thrown in there. I don't see why they needed to end up together.
Leviathans of Jupiter, however, is a great book. If you like Sci-Fi, you'll love this.
Leviathans of Jupiter was a good, engaging read. I did not ever feel the need to put it down and always wanted to continue to the next chapter.
Bova's characters in Leviathans seem to always be created from the ground up and are always believable. There is not much introspection from the characters, it is more of a day to day record of what they are doing. Not much feeling comes from the characters so it is more like you are watching a movie when thinking of the characters. Bova usually does not choose a main character and prefers an ensemble cast, however this book primarily focuses on one character.
The story was essentially that of Jupiter; A group of scientists who all have their own varying jobs on the station wish to contact the natives of Jupiter, the Leviathans. There is a semi-weak character who wishes to stop them but there is very little conflict.
Bova has created a believable future of the human race in his "Planet" books, including Leviathan. He uses technology currently being spoken of and researched: nuclear fusion ships, nanotechnology, artificial gravity, etc... He may not have any ground breaking technology ideas but he seems to have a true scientific basis for most of the tech in these books.
Make into a movie?
I've come to the conclusion that Bova's novels would not make good movies for the general public. For the niche honest sci-fi culture perhaps, but since there aren't elements of fantasy, the ideas would be lost.
If you are looking for adventure and action, this book is not for you. If you are looking for a traditional science fiction depicting a believable future of humans, this is the book for you.
Mr. Bova takes us back to the largest planet in our solar system with this sequel to 2001's "Jupiter." Grant Archer, who we met in "Jupiter" as a wet behind the ears scientist just arriving at the massive space station orbiting Jupiter has become the station director in the 20 years of Grand Tour time that have elapsed since the last book. Archer is determined to take another crewed mission into the heart of Jupiter, despite the deaths and injuries of previous missions. Opposed to his plan, mostly for her own gain, is Katherine Westfell of the IAA who is determined to become head of the agency and fears Archer's success might prevent her goal. Archer and a team of newly arrived scientists, including a beautiful female microbiologist (Deirdre), Dorn (the cyborg and continuing character from previous Bova works), master engineer Sam Yeager, and Deep Brain Psychologist (Andy) must race to discover whether the giant creatures swimming through Jupiter's worldwide ocean are intelligent, braving the crushing pressure of Jupiter and ongoing attempts by Westfell to sabotage their mission.
Bova's 2nd book dealing with Jupiter is another good adventure among the Grand Tour books that suffers from a few flaws I find very typical to his books. The hard sci-fi is there, and I enjoyed the fact that while there is - as usual in Bova books - a political or corporate scheming sub-plot, that a lot of the book was focused on Leviathans and the unimaginable conditions faced when trying to explore a planet like Jupiter. The foursome of protagonists also seemed to fit well and be a believable group of friends despite the fact that they meet at the beginning of the book and only have a few days to get to know each other before they face some pretty intimate situations and trials. The characters are pretty stereotypical for Mr. Bova. We can't hear often enough about how attractive Deirdre is, or how awkward Andy is (want to guess which characters fall in love...). Dorn, despite his atrocities during the Asteroid Wars books, has become a standout character and gets a chance to shine in Leviathans.
My biggest issue with Leviathans of Jupiter is that once again the antagonist, this time played by Katherine Westfell, is just totally unbelievable. So overt and over the top that its hard to believe she would have reached the position she has. Despite being in line for the chairmanship of one of the most powerful government agencies on Earth, most of Westfell's schemes to topple the imagined threat of Grant Archer, fall apart in rapid succession and are so poorly thought out that a ten year old would see through them. Westfell's only motivation to gain the chairmanship of the IAA is that on her deathbed, her mother told her to "reach the top." We do get a glimpse at some of her hard-knocks early life, but as a motivator, it just doesn't ring true. Just a short list of Westfell's immediate crimes include:
1) Using a bio-engineered strain of rabies to force a protagonist to do her bidding.
2) Multiple counts of attempted murder.
3) Actual murder.
4) Bribery of practically everyone.
So we have this extremely powerful, ultra wealthy character with no motivation other than "mom said" committing a fairly long list of atrocities simply to climb one more rung up the power ladder? I didn't buy it.
However, beyond that character, Leviathan's of Jupiter was, for me, a total page turner. I read the entire book in a weekend (although that did include two, three hour plane rides) and stayed up late on a "school night" to finish it off. The Leviathan's continue to provide fascinating aliens, and the entire chain of fauna on Jupiter is well presented and makes me want to get out there on my own torch ship so I can see them for myself. Hopefully we'll get another sequel to what has become my favorite branch of the Grand Tour universe.
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