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Cover & Synopsis: “New Earth” by Ben Bova

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Here is the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel New Earth by Ben Bova.

Here’s the synopsis:

We’ve found another Earthlike planet, but what secrets does it hold?

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?

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (July 16, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0765330180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765330185
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4 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: “New Earth” by Ben Bova

  1. David Greybeard // December 19, 2012 at 9:14 am //

    Is it related to Bova’s novel, FARSIDE?

  2. I’m currently reading his Orion sequel… I’ve got a bit of trepidation, but hopefully returning to the Grand Tour will be good.

  3. Have already requested a review copy of this one. Looks good.

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