New Earth

New Earth

eBook - 2013
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Award-winning author Ben Bova brings us New Earth, his latest tale of science fiction in his Grand Tour series. 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? At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Tom Doherty Associates, 2013.
ISBN: 9781429948142
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Oct 11, 2018

Abominable. The premise is absurd on its face, the dialogue insipid, the characters cardboard, and the only reason this is novel-length is because the supposedly smart characters act remarkably stupid for hundreds of pages -- they can't figure out the bleeding obvious from a multitude of telegraphed clues. Truly awful.

Feb 01, 2018

I find it had a very mid-20th century vibe to it, which would be less of an issue if the story moved faster and was more engaging. It felt like I was being told rather than shown aspects of the story. It might have improved further on, but I found that I couldn't be bothered after about four chapters.

Jul 08, 2017

Solid if plodding book.

Nov 20, 2016

Easy to read and Mr. Bova knows how to keep the reader's curiosity up. Quite a few standard science fiction elements are used. Character development was a bit weak for me. While it was expected the characters would all react differently as the various plot elements unfolded, their reactions seemed too simple at times, lacking depth. The romance element seemed a bit too rushed, almost superficial but perhaps the aliens wanted to influence the humans by any means possible. There will likely be two or three sequels to this novel.

Jules_V Jan 29, 2014

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.

Ray R Labonte
Sep 12, 2013

- 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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