Voyagers (Voyagers #1) (1981)

by Ben Bova

It delivers at the end when the protagonist makes contact with an alien spacecraft, but for 90% of the novel, the "voyager" serves as little more than a pretext for dull interpersonal conflict and Cold War angst.


There is plenty of ham-fisted characterization and misogyny here, but I thought Bova improved a lot on both counts by the time he published "Mars" 11 years later.

Ben Bova

"Jupiter Calls Earth" (Italian)

"First Contact" (German)

"Wanderers" (Polish)


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