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Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Grand Tour Series Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781593974954
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Following the bestselling, widely-praised Venus and Jupiter, Ben Bova offers a new adventure of solar system discovery like nothing previously imagined

In the bestselling novels Venus and Jupiter, Ben Bova dramatized the latest discoveries about our own solar system in an epic tale of near-future exploration and development. Now Bova turns his attention to one of our system's greatest mysteries—Saturn.
Earth groans under the thumb of fundamentalist political regimes. Crisis after crisis has given authoritarians the upper hand. Freedom and opportunity exist in space, for those with the nerve and skill to take it. Now the governments of Earth are encouraging many of their most incorrigible dissidents to join a great ark, a one-way expedition to
Saturn, the ringed planet that baffled Galileo and has fascinated astronomers ever since.
But humans will be human, so amidst the idealism permeating Space Habitat Goddard are many individuals with long-term schemes, each awaiting their moment. And hidden from them is the greatest secret of all—the real purpose of this expedition—known to only a few...

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  • “Veteran sci-fi scribe Bova nails our current society on the head with this futuristic fable. Wisely cast with a skilled group of readers....Explore a world in which nanotechnology, cryogenics, virtually invisible surveillance techniques and fearless scientific investigation coexist with characters firmly committed to either freedom or tyranny. Well acted, grippingly and wittily written. Saturn runs rings around most sci-fi. AudioFile

  • With Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein gone, Bova, author of more than 70 books, is one of the last deans of traditional science fiction. And he hasn't lost his touch. Kansas City Star on Venus
  • Bova proves himself equal to the task of showing how adversity can temper character in unforeseen ways. The New York Times on Venus
  • The story progresses rather well and the narrators, who are good at their jobs, take us along with them. SFCrowsnest.com

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/15/2014

    " This book was ok but not great. Lots of different shifts in terms of the power struggles that go on in the book. There are also lots of changes of perspective so you're never really sure what the whole purpose is -- until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 1/25/2014

    " This novel had a number of interesting elements that, in the end, just did not click. The social construct felt a bit old hat. The science, however, was interesting and, at points, provacative. The plot concluded far too quickly and predictably. During the read, I was only uncertain as to the disposition of one character - and not one I cared for. Overall, this one falls a bit short. Certainly not as well done as Bova's Mars and Return to Mars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 1/14/2014

    " I haven't read a scifi in a long time. I enjoyed exercising my imagination again. Humanity doesn't change much, even though we try. I'll have to read another Ben Bova book soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 1/11/2014

    " Ben Bova is one of the best scifi writers and this book is excellent reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick | 1/6/2014

    " Holly joins the first manned expedition to Saturn because she wants a fresh start and is attacked to one of the leaders. The conflict between the the New Morality and science continues as the fundamentalist movement seeks control over mankind. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marita | 1/2/2014

    " Bad book about bad people. Do not waist your time! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 AJ | 12/29/2013

    " Leave it to Ben Bova to take a really great story line and make it weak, predictable and boring. This book was so awful that I sold it, and felt bad about having wasted my time reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 11/24/2013

    " Overall it was OK, a light read but nothing that stood out "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/16/2013

    " Good sci fi, interesting politicing. Nothing truly exceptional, but it's a very solid, above average read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drew | 9/9/2013

    " A colony in place around Saturn, as a social experiment "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 7/12/2013

    " Yet another great Grand Tour book - I love reading these, they just fly for me! Saturn and Titan should be read close together since they're basically one continuing story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 2/18/2013

    " Finished "Saturn" by Ben Bova. This didn't even get interesting until most of the way through book 1. After that, the author liked to show his hand a lot, so it was really only alright. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 10/16/2012

    " Entertaining book, but with characters that are one dimensional and at times cartoonish. Makes good airplane or easy beach reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debi | 10/16/2012

    " Pretty good - took me a long time to read it because I kept setting it aside for other books. I don't read as much sci-fi as I used to. While this was a sci-fi book, it also turned suspenseful as it got towards the end. Interesting concept on the planet of Saturn and its rings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kami | 8/23/2012

    " Follows my favorite formula. People on a spaceship creating an "ideal" environment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/21/2012

    " Ben Bova is a writer who is able to take you on a visionary journey, weave in a story and leave you looking at the stars. Having read one of his grand tour books you will want to read the rest... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valev | 3/11/2012

    " A book about nothing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steven | 12/21/2011

    " Crap. Plain and simply put. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen | 11/5/2011

    " Not a bad book, the characters seemed a bit off from his usual well rounded characters. Not a waste of time to read, but not anything special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 melody | 10/2/2011

    " I really enjoy Ben Bova's novels. Saturn follows his normal formula of quick action and political intrigue layered over a hard scifi background. This book is a bit longer than some of the other planet books, which allowed for more twists and turns in the political situation, and that's a good thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob(by) | 7/6/2011

    " The science is good. The characters are cartoons. The soap opera drama is so bad it's hilarious. Yeah this book was actually kinda fun believe it or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/29/2011

    " Good sci fi, interesting politicing. Nothing truly exceptional, but it's a very solid, above average read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 3/7/2011

    " Finished "Saturn" by Ben Bova. This didn't even get interesting until most of the way through book 1. After that, the author liked to show his hand a lot, so it was really only alright. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/24/2011

    " Entertaining book, but with characters that are one dimensional and at times cartoonish. Makes good airplane or easy beach reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 10/3/2010

    " Mike and I both completely forgot that we had read this until we found it on our shelf. That should tell you about how much we liked it. I remember that the idea of the habitat was cool, but not a ton happens plot-wise.

    Read Jupiter. It's the best one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drew | 9/2/2010

    " A colony in place around Saturn, as a social experiment "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debi | 6/27/2010

    " Pretty good - took me a long time to read it because I kept setting it aside for other books. I don't read as much sci-fi as I used to. While this was a sci-fi book, it also turned suspenseful as it got towards the end. Interesting concept on the planet of Saturn and its rings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 9/27/2009

    " This book was ok but not great. Lots of different shifts in terms of the power struggles that go on in the book. There are also lots of changes of perspective so you're never really sure what the whole purpose is -- until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 9/7/2009

    " Yet another great Grand Tour book - I love reading these, they just fly for me! Saturn and Titan should be read close together since they're basically one continuing story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen | 7/7/2008

    " Not a bad book, the characters seemed a bit off from his usual well rounded characters. Not a waste of time to read, but not anything special. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 5/9/2008

    " Soap Opera along the lines of trashy romance novels.

    Interesting end though with the discovery at Saturn's rings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kami | 4/26/2008

    " Follows my favorite formula. People on a spaceship creating an "ideal" environment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marita | 4/26/2008

    " Bad book about bad people. Do not waist your time! "

About the Author

Ben Bova was born in Philadelphia and received his doctorate in education from California Coast University in 1996. The author of over 120 futuristic novels and nonfiction books, he has also been a radio commentator, editor, lecturer, and aerospace industry executive. His articles, opinion pieces, and reviews have appeared in Scientific American, Nature, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. His work has earned six Hugo Awards. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and his novel Titan won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of 2006.