science fiction, short stories
Cover art by John Berkey.
ONWARD TO TOMORROW...
Ben Bova, master of science fiction and the science fiction field, addresses the future of both in these thought-provoking tales and essays spanning thirty years of his career.
From the six-time winner of the Hugo Award, the author of Mars, Privateers, and the Orion series, comes a stunning collection of stories and essays with a generous helping of Bova's comments – particular, provocative, and deeply practical – on the SF field itself and the real future into which we are all embarked. Challenges is a special book for SF readers, aspiring writers, and anyone interested in where the human race is headed at the end of the twentieth century.
"Worthwhile, especially for the essays and the various indications of Bova's own editorial thought processes..." – Kirkus
"Aspiring writers particularly take notice." – Asimov's
- The Man Who Hated Gravity
- Crisis of the Month
- Fitting Suits
- To Touch a Star
- Interdepartmental Memorandum
- World War 4.5
- Answer, Please Answer
- The Mask of the Rad Death
- The Kingdom Come
- 2042: A Cautionary Pessimistic View (essay)
- Science in Science Fiction (essay)
- Will Writing Survive? (essay)
- What Works for Me - And What I Work for (essay)
- John Campbell and the Modern SF Idiom (essay)
- Science, Fiction and Faith (essay)
Benjamin William Bova (1932–2020) was an American writer. He was the author of more than 120 works of science fact and fiction, six-time winner of the Hugo Award, an editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, an editorial director of Omni; he was also president of both the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America.
As of February 2016, Bova had written over 124 books in various genres. He edited several works, including The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two (1973) and Nebula Awards Showcase 2008. He wrote the Grand Tour novel series about exploration and colonization of the Solar System by humans. Reviewing a collection of 12 of the series published in 2004, The New York Times described Bova as "the last of the great pulp writers".