Ben Bova

Dr. Ben Bova is one of the great science fiction writers of our time. Bova’s novels weave stories of the human passion for exploration, romance, intrigue, and espionage across the solar system and beyond. Highly scientifically accurate, his novels give a sense of how humans will become interplanetary, making home among the planets and moons of our solar system.

As charter member of the Planetary Society, a member of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, Dr. Bova has been involved in science and high technology since the very beginnings of the space age.

In his more than 130 futuristic novels and nonfiction books, Bova has predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, solar power satellites, the discovery of organic chemicals in interstellar space, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), the discovery of life on Mars, stem cell therapy, the discovery of ice on the Moon, electronic book publishing, and zero-gravity sex.

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It’s time to go to Mars

“When living on an isolated ranch in the Rocky Mountains in the summer of 2013, I enjoyed reading a variety of books. While I don’t recall when or where I picked up my first Ben Bova novel, I couldn’t put them down! Through the summer, fall, and into winter I read a chapter nearly every morning and night, warmed by the fire of the wood burning stove.

“The Mars trilogy, more than any other in Bova’s Grand Tour series, compelled me. I was captivated by the humble hero Jamie Waterman and how the spirit of his grandfather guided him across Mars to the ultimate discovery. The journey was met with equipment malfunction, Martian weather, illness, crew tension and mistrust, romance, and struggle for power and control — it’s all there!

“Bova tells a science fiction story built on his deep knowledge of human history, science, and space exploration. Director Christopher Leps, screenwriter Jason Surrell, and I share a passion for this project, something less complicated than a Hollywood film yet rich in potential for the telling of a good story.

“In a world increasingly excited about the near-future prospect of humans walking on Mars, the timing is right for the first film ever made about one of Bova’s books. The timing is right for Mars.” — Kai Staats, September 1, 2017

The Mars Trilogy

Mars – Navajo eologist Jamie Waterman was not the first pick to go on the first mission to Mars. It was a brief mission, just a few months to explore the Red Planet and determine if another mission should be sent. Millions of miles from their home, the crew must rely upon their equipment, skills, training, and the leadership of humble, Native American Jamie Waterman. Their first mission proves a wild success, compelling a Return to Mars.

Return to Mars – Six years after the first expedition, the second brings potential of further discovery and tremendous profit which challenges the mission. As commander of a new team, Waterman will have to contend with a bitter and destructive rivalry, a disturbing emotional attraction, and deadly accidents—or sabotage which could doom the mission to failure. Jamie is compelled by something he glimpsed in the far distance during his first Martian excursion: an improbable structure perched high in the planet’s carmine cliffs that only an intelligent being could have built.

Mars Life – Over the years, the New Morality has gained power in American government, restricting and censoring anything that poses a threat. Waterman works to preserve the Martian life and culture while the mission financial director pushes to open Mars to wealthy tourists. A Martian village and relics are found, as what might be a graveyard which holds the remains of an ancient, intelligent Martian race. Jamie struggles to find balance in their mission, as time and money begin to run out. Perhaps the answer will be found in his dreams.