Saturn is the latest novel in Ben Bova's acclaimed Grand Tour series, which has sent readers to Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Earth's moon and the asteroid belt.
Ten thousand men and women, exiled by the restrictive governments of Earth, are riding a man-made habitat to the planet Saturn. They form a volatile community.
Some are innocents like Holly Lane, or Manuel Gaeta. Others are idealists like Edouard Urbain, or Kris Cardenas and Nadia Wunderly. And some have much more dangerous plans. Malcolm Eberly, has been placed aboard the Saturn-bound habitat to take over its government.
As the mammoth spacecraft nears its destination Eberly manoeuvres to take control of the habitat. His manipulations lead to murder and Holly becomes a hunted fugitive in the habitat's maze of tunnels and underground passageways. Meanwhile, frustrated by Dr. Urbain's intransigence, Gaeta prepares to fly solo through the rings, abetted by Wunderly and Cardenas. What he finds there challenges everyone living in the habitat.
One of sci-fi's great contemporary writers...Ben Bova writes good, authentic science - Huddersfield Daily Examiner
I believe that the science fiction author who will have the greatest effect on the world is Ben Bova - Ray Bradbury
An epic space novel by an award-winning SF scribe - Books Magazine
Bova is a masterful storyteller and the narrative is compelling, almost hypnotic - Vector on The Rock rats
A splendid book . . of his many books, Mars must be the most important. - Arthur C. Clarke on MARS
Slick pacing,techincally competent. - Dreamberry
Another attention-grabbing entry in a series that continues to grow in stature ,scope and complexity.Once again,Bova in top form. - Kirkus Reviews
Extraordinary . . . this kind of story is the reason science fiction exists in the first place. - Orson Scott Card on MARS
An award-winning editor, President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, Ben Bova is also the author of more than ninety futuristic novels and non-fiction books. RETURN TO MARS, MARS, DEATH DREAM, BROTHERS and the two novels in the Moonbase saga - Moonrise and Moonwar - are the most recent. He and his wife live in Florida.