Powersat

Powersat

Book - 2005 | 1st hardcover ed.
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Baker & Taylor
In the aftermath of a terrible space accident, spaceplane scientist Dan Randolph, who designed the vehicle as part of a plan to free America from its dependence on fossil fuels, realizes that his experiment was sabotaged and must outmaneuver terrorists, the government, and his creditors in order to prove himself. By the author of The Silent War. 25,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
A novel of technology, terrorism, and hope

Two hundred thousand feet up, things go horribly wrong. An experimental low-orbit spaceplane breaks up on reentry, falling to earth over a trail hundreds of miles long. And it its wake is the beginning of the most important mission in the history of space.

America needs energy, and Dan Randolph is determined to give it to them. He dreams of an array of geosynchronous powersats, satellites which gather solar energy and beam it to generators on Earth, freeing America from its addiction to fossil fuels and breaking the power of the oil cartels forever. But the wreck of the spaceplane has left his company, Astro Manufacturing, on the edge of bankruptcy.

Worse, Dan discovers that the plane worked perfectly right up until the moment that saboteurs knocked it out of the sky. And whoever brought it down is willing and able to kill again to keep Astro grounded.

Now Dan has to thread a dangerous maze. The visible threats are bad enough: Rival firms want to buy him out and take control of his dreams. His former lover wants to co-opt his unlimited-energy ideal as a campaign plank for the candidate she's grooming for the presidency. NASA and the FAA want to shut down his maverick firm. And his creditors are breathing down his neck.

Making matters even more dangerous, an international organization of terrorists sees the powersat as a threat to their own oil-based power. And they've figured out how to use it as a weapon in their war against the West.

A sweeping mix of space, murder, romance, politics, secrets, and betrayal, Powersat will take you to the edge of space and the dawning of a new world.


Independent Publishing Group
A novel of technology, terrorism, and hope


Holtzbrinck
A novel of technology, terrorism, and hope


Blackwell North Amer
Two hundred thousand feet up, things go horribly wrong. An experimental low-orbit spaceplane breaks up on reentry, falling to earth over a trail hundreds of miles long. And in its wake is the beginning of the most important mission in the history of space.
America needs energy, and Dan Randolph is determined to provide it. He dreams of an array of geosynchronous powersats, satellites that gather solar energy and beam it to generators on Earth, freeing America from its addition to fossil fuels and breaking the power of the oil cartels forever. But the wreck of the spaceplane has left his company, Astro Manufacturing, on the edge of bankruptcy.
Worse, Dan discovers that the plane worked perfectly right up until the moment that saboteurs knocked it out of the sky. And whoever brought it down is willing and able to kill again to keep Astro grounded.
Now Dan has to thread a dangerous maze. The visible threads are bad enough: Rival firms want to buy him out and take control of his dreams. His former lover wants to co-opt his unlimited-energy ideal as a campaign plank for the candidate she's grooming for the presidency. NASA and the FAA want to shut down his maverick firm. And his creditors are breathing down his neck.

Baker
& Taylor

In the aftermath of a terrible space accident, spaceplane scientist Dan Randolph, who designed the vehicle, realizes that his experiment was sabotaged and must outmaneuver terrorists, the government, and his creditors in order to prove himself.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2005.
Edition: 1st hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9780765309235
0765309238
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 25 cm.

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ggyetko
Mar 27, 2015

Fortunately, this isn't my first Ben Bova book. I'd already read Mercury before I came across this.
The protagonist, Dan Randolph, is a jerk.
When he isn't busy wrecking the marriage of his ex-girlfriend, he's risking almost everybody's life but his own with his need to press ahead with his project, even though he knows terrorists are out to sabotage him (and he hasn't identified them yet).
Lucky for the world, he's a millionaire/CEO/astronaut/engineer/null gravity combat specialist/Randian super-libertarian man, so it all works out okay (as it always does for Randian supermen).
It worries me that the author meant for us to like this disturbingly Great Gatsby-esque character.

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thomd
Jun 07, 2013

Ben Bova started writing his Grand Tour series some twenty years ago. I read a middle book in the series two years ago, then sought out this book for future reading. I've had a fascination with the concept of a power satellite since reading Colonies In Space as a kid. This book has some sci fi, but is more of a techno-thriller. I liked the main character Dan Randolph far less than the older version of him from The Precipice, and the romance aspects seemed forced to me. Other than that, the story was decent enough to like; I will continue to read this series. (Jun 1-7)

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RichardPaul
Mar 10, 2011

Powersat ----
by Ben Bova c - 2005 / ? ----

An exciting adventure and a very good story ---- Also the First book of the Grand Tour 18 book series. ----

Allot of Stress and frustration for Dan Randolf. Plus he wants to be with his sweetheart forever. Both have conflicting lives and accomplishments they want sooo bad. ----
So Ben Bova Threw: near Bankruptcy; Oil tycoons; Terrorists; The U.S. Military, FBI, CIA, Home security and, a hole bunch of people that Dan Randolph Cares about into, What? ----

Why, only Ben Bova's special blender of: High action Sci-Fi. ----

Enjoy!

RichardPaul

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thomd
Jun 08, 2013

This prequel (written in 2005) has become the first chronological book in Ben Bova's "Grand Tour" series. Contains many of the same characters as the original first books in the series (Privateers and Empire Builders) but the political climate of Russia or the Soviet Union is not mentioned.

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