Twice Seven: Stories Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1998
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Ben Bova has always been an idea man. Like Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, Bova writes stories that sit close to the heart of science fiction, with plot and characterization orbiting (and sometimes secondary to) a central notion. The stories in Twice Seven are built this way. Highlights include "Inspiration," a time-travel story involving H.G. Wells and young Albert Einstein; "Conspiracy Theory," in which scientists and governments hide evidence of real live Martians; and "Re-Entry Shock," one woman's efforts to return to her home. Bova's style is plain, his plots simple, his futures bright and pleasant. In the introduction, he writes, "Because I try to write clearly and tend to believe that the human mind can solve the problems it faces, I fear that my work is often regarded as simplistic, or lacking style, or less 'literary' than some others'." While it's true that he's not one to embellish a sentence or characterize beyond the basics, Bova's ideas are what we're here for, and he delivers in fine style. These stories, many of which were originally published in Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine, span the late 1990s. --Therese Littleton
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The book itself contains the following short stories:
1) Inspiration 2)Appointment In Sinai 3) Conspiracy Theory 4) The Great Moon Hoax or A Princess Of Mars 5) Life As We Know It 6) Legendary Heroes 7) The Café Coup 8) Re-Entry Shock 9) In Trust and 10) Risk Assessment
As in all his collections, many of the short stories leave you with the feeling "he should expand that..what a great Novel that would be
Such as "Conspiracy Theory", where he deals with the so-called "Martian Canals" and Roswell. In "Appointment In Sinai", the use of virtual reality and the ever present argument : Robots or Humans on space missions?
Some of these stories also fit right into his present "Universe" and you will have a feeling of Deja Vu and be familiar with characters.
An excellent well crafted series of stories. Highly Recommended!