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The Precipice

The Precipice Once Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth Now the planet is spiraling into environmental disaster with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions Randolph knows the energy a

  • Title: The Precipice
  • Author: Ben Bova
  • ISBN: 9780812579895
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback
  • Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth Now the planet is spiraling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions Randolph knows the energy and natural resources of space can save Earth s economy, but the price may be the loss of the only thing he has left the company he founded, Astro Manufacturing.Martin HumphOnce, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth Now the planet is spiraling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions Randolph knows the energy and natural resources of space can save Earth s economy, but the price may be the loss of the only thing he has left the company he founded, Astro Manufacturing.Martin Humphries, fabulously wealthy heir of the Humphries Trust, also knows that space based industry is the way of the future But unlike Randolph, he doesn t care if Earth perishes in the process And he knows that the perfect bait to ensnare Dan Randolph and take control of Astro is his revolutionary new fusion propulsion system.As Randolph accompanied by two fascinating women who are also brilliant astronauts flies out to the Asteroid Belt aboard a fusion propelled spacecraft, Humphries makes his move The future of mankind lies in Randolph s hands.The Asteroid Wars have begun.

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    1. Jen on said:

      Interesting storyline but I was turned off by some sexist aspects. Every chapter Amanda appears in mentions at least once how nicely she fills out her spacesuit, and then she decides to marry a guy she doesn't know partly to avoid the creepy guy who also wants to marry her. Had the book been published 40 yrs earlier it would have been understandable. I'm undecided about whether to continue with the seriesI will probably give it another try at some point.

    2. AndrewP on said:

      Book #8 of The Grand Tour and #1 of the Asteroid Wars sub series.In this book Dan Randolph has an ambitious plan to save his company and provide needed resources to the failing planet Earth. Unfortunately he doesn't have the capital to finance the project himself and has to form an alliance with an unscrupulous businessman. The first half of the book was all business and political wrangling, that seemed to go a bit slow. There was some good industrial espionage in there so it wasn't totally bori [...]

    3. John Loyd on said:

      The Precipice (2001) 422 pages by Ben BovaBova gives a glimpse of Earth in a post global greenhouse era. Ocean levels have risen, etc. After that most of the book is set in space including the moon colony Selene. Dan Randolf is the major owner of Astro maunfacuturing a company on its last legs if it can't find a new source of income. Dan sees an opportunity to help Earth by mining the asteroids. Martin Humphries is a financier who sees profits and an opportunity to take over Astro. Humphries int [...]

    4. Buster Whaley on said:

      *contains spoilers*I thought this was a great book, even though I only read four or five books out of the whole series (20 books and only five have the same main character). I really enjoyed how nicely and consistently the plot moved along, though I suppose this goes for the whole series. I was sad to see Dan die; he's a great character. There were lots of great characters (Pancho was cool too) but Dan was the main character and it was pretty sad that he was killed from something as uneventful a [...]

    5. Andreas on said:

      Part one of the Asteroid Wars series (and overall part of Bova’s Grand Tour of the Solar System), in which Mr. Bova takes us on yet another journey through corporate near future space. A decent read if you like Bova, but nothing specialokssboch/?p=491

    6. Paul on said:

      One of a four part series, hoping to finish the other three keeping a pace of two chapters in anyone sitting. otherwise I may lose the core of the story.

    7. Skylar on said:

      Not the best sci-fi out there, but easy reading and entertaining. As much as I hope our space exploration isn't privatized, I think Bova's vision will be close to reality.

    8. Chris on said:

      This is a perfect example of what is known as hard science fiction. In other words, strictly factual in it's scientific premise, no fantasy elements.

    9. Mike on said:

      This is old-school space opera, with heroes and villains and some science thrown in for validity. Fluffy, but a reasonably good read. It's the first of a trilogy and I do plan to keep going.

    10. Mackenna Wood on said:

      My problems with this book, (or as much of it as I have read) begin and end with the authors blatant inability to view or portray women as anything other than their physical characteristics. I would like to preface this review by stating that I did not in fact read this whole book. I could not. I read the first 50 or so pages straight through, became frustrated enough to stop, and then later skimmed through a few parts of the rest of it. Every woman in this book is described primarily, and conti [...]

    11. Andy on said:

      I love the Grand Tour books by Bova, and this one fits right in with the entire saga he has created. The earth has reached greenhouse hell, and Dan Randolph knows that going out into the solar system to harvest minerals for industry is the way to save the earth's economy, and perhaps the earth itself, as well as make Randolph extremely rich. Martin Humphries agrees, but is only interested in the money potential, earth status be damned. Thus begins the race to the Asteroid Belt to claim this trea [...]

    12. Geoff Battle on said:

      Falling between Moonwar and Jupiter, The Precipice details Dan Rudolph's next venture, the asteroid belt. In true Bova style hardcore science-fiction is less favoured than intrigue, political backstabbing and bouts of gung-ho heroism. The Precipice villains are underdeveloped and somewhat stereotypical and although the story has an interesting concept and finale, as a whole it is somewhat flat. It reads like a story-by-numbers rather than an insightful piece of sci-fi and although it's never dul [...]

    13. Cathie Stumpenhaus on said:

      I am rereading this trilogy and am being reminded that most of the characters are not very appealing. The "good" guys continually make poor choices and are constantly assuming that the slimy characters would not do evil deeds. Too gloomy and frustrating. The science fiction aspect is not too dated.

    14. Nate on said:

      Story/plot: 4; characters: 2. There was some not-so-subtle sexism and racism in this. Every female character was described by how attractive they were and if the male character in the room wanted to bed them. As western authors often do this, all female Asian characters were portrayed as docile and domesticated. I realize that's a sexist way to describe women, but that's impression it gave me.

    15. Kevin on said:

      It's pretty good but not much happens. I guess it's the start of a series.

    16. hawkeye on said:

      I only read 50 pages. Just had to stop. If you like run-of-the-mill misogyny, this book's for you.

    17. John on said:

      Quite disappointing - just a regrind of other themes and plot points.

    18. Gary Foss on said:

      This book is "hard science fiction" meaning that it consistently abides by real world physics, though it does present those ideas in a speculative way. Bova does a good job presenting those concepts, though he does occasionally go into "info dump" mode in a way that reads as a little obvious.As hard science fiction, one can quibble about the nature of the content. For instance, Bova's story centers on the opening up of the asteroid belt by corporate interests in order turn a profit, make history [...]

    19. Andre Steyn on said:

      its one of those books that you don't put down until you have finished it is a solid but simple hard scifi suspense story.

    20. Nancy Shaffer on said:

      Firm 3.5, except for Bova totally destroying one of his best long-term strong female characters. But at least he introduces a new one.

    21. Daniel Lynch on said:

      This is the first book I have finished on my new ebook reader and I am glad I read this fantastic piece of literature from one of my favorite Science fiction authors - Ben Bova.I started reading Ben's work when I was in University. To tell the truth I had never heard of his name before when I saw the fantastic artwork on his novel - Titan. It was sitting on the top of the bargain bin at the local news agency and I thought I would give it a shot since the blurb on the back seemed interesting. Boy [...]

    22. Sean on said:

      And we're back! Set a few decades after Moonwar, Selene, formerly Moonbase, is a thriving city built around nanotechnology. But things aren't looking so great for Earth, as the greenhouse cliff disasters have begun. Dan Randolph, former low-earth-orbit privateer now CEO of Astro Corp, wants to mine the asteroids and move industry and production into orbit. And he'll do it at cost, making no profit. But Mitt Rom-, er, Martin Humphries, billionaire CEO and Atlas Shrugged fan, wants to take over Ra [...]

    23. Curtis on said:

      I am not interested in continuing the series. Though I enjoyed and appreciated the "hard science fiction" aspects of the book (space travel takes time, there are no transporters nor phaser weapons), I found the characters to be prescriptive and cliched, and the dialogue sounded like it was written by a teenager imagining how adults speak. I gave it three stars instead of two because I am giving the author the benefit of the doubt - the audio version I listened to was addled by too many readers ( [...]

    24. Francis Gahren on said:

      Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiraling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions. Randolph knows the energy and natural resources of space can save Earth's economy, but the price may be the loss of the only thing he has left--the company he founded, Astro Manufacturing.Martin Humphries, fabulously wealthy heir of the Humphries Trust, also knows that space-based industry is the way of the future. But unli [...]

    25. Dark-Draco on said:

      This is the first book by this author I have read and I really enjoyed it. In the novel, Earth is in crisis. Global Warming has crashed down on us, and with heavy flooding, little food and little energy, the future doesn't look good. Dan Randolph, owner of a huge space-faring corporation, is also losing money, but he is offered the chance to mine the Asteroid belt for the precious minerals, metals and water that they contain. Only Humpheries, the guy doing the offering, has other ideas in mind. [...]

    26. Kris on said:

      I really enjoyed this book. For the most part this is very plausible science fiction. The characters are well developed and mostly enjoyable. Though occasionally I find some of logic of their actions and motivations a bit flawed, but that's people I suppose. I'm also not completely sold on the protagonist's view that mining the asteroid belt would be such an all encompassing answer the world's escalating environmental and ecological problems, but it made for a good excuse for a great story. I am [...]

    27. Doc Kinne on said:

      This turned out to be a better, and indeed a bit different book, than Moonwar. Here we begin to get farther out from our current tech level, but not by much. The science is as hard, but somehow the story was less repetitive. And the best quote: "[Dan] was glad that he ahd decided to keep his public relations team intact, despite layoffs in other corporate departments. Fire the accountants and the lawyers, he reminded himself. Get rid of the paper shufflers and bean counters. But keep the people [...]

    28. Matthew on said:

      Such good ideas, such bad writing. Generic cliched villians. The whole reason the antagonist in the book does things is because "he's evil." That's pretty much his whole justifcation, he's evil and wants to rule the moon.*sigh* The characters are so flat and one dimensional, and so little in the book happens. The whole first two thirds of the book that involved designing the fusion rocket and getting it ready for space could have easily been tossed in favor of something showing real adventure or [...]

    29. Dail Kyle on said:

      A good readTied on to his previous book with little quips (The Poacher's Son) as flashbacks Kept me in suspense until nearly the endDid a masterful weave of the characters and their interaction with the story lineSuspenseful, action, lots of beautifully written descriptions of the surrounding countryside of MaineLeft enough 'open doors' for the possibility of future novels taking off from the seeds planted during the story lineI would recommend this to anyone who likes suspense, thrillers, and o [...]

    30. Carolyn on said:

      If you're wondering where else the human race can live, so is Ben Bova as he narrates "The Precipe" taking place in a not so distant satellite compare to other heavenly bodies--the moon.Nanotechnology first came to my knowledge through this book and I was amazed of it's possibilities in the novel and in reality--though some would make it to realization, you'll be just content of how it makes the story close to reality.

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