Jupiter (novel)

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Jupiter
Jupiter (novel).jpg
Cover of the UK Hardcover edition
Author Ben Bova
Series Grand Tour
Genre Science Fiction
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date
2 Nov 2000
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 444 (Hardcover edition)
ISBN 978-0-340-76764-1
OCLC 44694431

Jupiter is a science fiction novel by American writer Ben Bova. This novel is part of the Grand Tour series of novels. It was first published in 2000.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Grant Archer, a young astrophysicist and recently married man dreams of exploring collapsing stars, in hope that one day he would be able to find a way in creating wormholes, to create instantaneous transportation. However, upon graduating he finds out that he must go to Jupiter on a four-year public service, enforced by the ultraconservative religious organization the "New Morality". His orders are to spy on the scientists of the space station "Gold"; where it is believed, and feared that they have found new living species living in a liquid ocean, deep below Jupiter's clouds. As Archer's anger and frustration wears off, he soon finds himself befriending the crew, and drawn to the station's super-secret project; a select few wearing bioimplants in their legs, and a mysterious spacecraft attached to the space station.

Characters[edit]

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  • Grant Archer
  • Ellis Beech - a New Morality worker, he was the one who set up Grant Archer's residency on Gold SS, in order to spy upon the scientist
  • Tavalera - a young man who was aboard the same transport ship as Archer, serving a two-year public service in the Jovian system, working on a "scoop ship"; a spacecraft that collects helium-3 and other isotopes from Jupiter's atmosphere. He is also in the books "Saturn" and "Titan"
  • Egon Karlstad
  • Zeb Muzorawa - leading astrophysicist on Gold SS, he majors in fluid dynamics, and studies the ever swirling Jovian ocean
  • Dr. Li Zhang Wo;— originally the leading astrophysicist on Gold SS before becoming its Director; an unfortunate accident has left him crippled.
  • Lane O'Hara- marine biologist that looks after the space stations aquaculture, as well as a few dolphins
  • Ursula von Neumann - a computer scientist
  • Tamiko Hideshi - a physical chemist on Gold SS
  • Rodney Devlin - known as the "Red Devil", officially designated as a Chef on the Gold SS, Devlin is also the man "who can get things"
  • Ignacio Quintero - a structural engineer
  • Leviathan - not much is known of the entity that lives in the Jovian ocean

Reception[edit]

Publishers Weekly wrote that Jupiter "provides solid action and wonder with credible alien life forms and inspired technology for exploring the Jovian depths".[1] Jackie Cassada, reviewing for the Library Journal, wrote that Jupiter was "another first-rate adventure that combines hard science with human drama to create a challenging and compelling tale of courage and conviction."[2]

Reviews[edit]

References to actual history, geography and current science[edit]

The impact on Jupiter due to the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 is mentioned when Grant Archer first arrives at Jupiter. The Galileo space probe is also mentioned as being the first in a line of missions to study the Jovian system.

Publication history[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "JUPITER (Book Review)". Publishers Weekly 247 (48): 58. 2000-11-27. ISSN 0000-0019. 
  2. ^ Cassada, Jackie (2001-01-01). "Jupiter (Book Review)". Library Journal 126 (1): 163. ISSN 0363-0277.