Power Surge

Power Surge Six time Hugo winner Ben Bova brings us a gripping political thriller on the cutting edge of science and technologyDr Jake Ross came to Washington D C to make a difference As the science advisor to a

  • Title: Power Surge
  • Author: Ben Bova
  • ISBN: 9780765334978
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Six time Hugo winner Ben Bova brings us a gripping political thriller on the cutting edge of science and technologyDr Jake Ross came to Washington, D.C to make a difference As the science advisor to a newly elected freshman senator, Jake has crafted a comprehensive energy plan that employs innovative new technologies to make America the world s leader in energy productSix time Hugo winner Ben Bova brings us a gripping political thriller on the cutting edge of science and technologyDr Jake Ross came to Washington, D.C to make a difference As the science advisor to a newly elected freshman senator, Jake has crafted a comprehensive energy plan that employs innovative new technologies to make America the world s leader in energy production while simultaneously boosting the economy and protecting the environment The facts and the science are on Jake s side, but his plan soon runs afoul of entrenched special interests, well funded lobbies, cynical bureaucrats, pork barrel politics, and one very powerful U.S Senator.To keep his plan alive and secure a sustainable future for America, Jake needs a crash course in the way Washington really works Everyone keeps telling him that his plan has no hope of succeeding, but Jake is determined to prove them wrong even if it kills him something that certain hostile parties may be all too happy to arrange.

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    1. Ben Bova

      Ben Bova was born on November 8, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania In 1953, while attending Temple University, he married Rosa Cucinotta, they had a son and a daughter He would later divorce Rosa in 1974 In that same year he married Barbara Berson Rose.Bova is an avid fencer and organized Avco Everett s fencing club He is an environmentalist, but rejects Luddism.Bova was a technical writer for Project Vanguard and later for Avco Everett in the 1960s when they did research in lasers and fluid dynamics It was there that he met Arthur R Kantrowitz later of the Foresight Institute.In 1971 he became editor of Analog Science Fiction after John W Campbell s death After leaving Analog, he went on to edit Omni during 1978 1982.In 1974 he wrote the screenplay for an episode of the children s science fiction television series Land of the Lost entitled The Search.Bova was the science advisor for the failed television series The Starlost, leaving in disgust after the airing of the first episode His novel The Starcrossed was loosely based on his experiences and featured a thinly veiled characterization of his friend and colleague Harlan Ellison He dedicated the novel to Cordwainer Bird , the pen name Harlan Ellison uses when he does not want to be associated with a television or film project.Bova is the President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past President of Science fiction and Fantasy Writers of America SFWA.Bova went back to school in the 1980s, earning an M.A in communications in 1987 and a Ph.D in 1996.Bova has drawn on these meetings and experiences to create fact and fiction writings rich with references to spaceflight, lasers, artificial hearts, nanotechnology, environmentalism, fencing and martial arts, photography and artists.Bova is the author of over a hundred and fifteen books, non fiction as well as science fiction In 2000, he was the Author Guest of Honor at the 58th World Science Fiction Convention Chicon 2000.Hollywood has started to take an interest in Bova s works once again, in addition to his wealth of knowledge about science and what the future may look like In 2007, he was hired as a consultant by both Stuber Parent Productions to provide insight into what the world is to look like in the near future for their upcoming film Repossession Mambo released as Repo Men starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker and by Silver Pictures in which he provided consulting services on the feature adaptation of Richard Morgan s Altered Carbon cmillan author benbova

    439 thoughts on “Power Surge”

    1. A great political near future story done by an excellent author. Will do up full review after the long weekendCheers

    2. More political thriller than science fiction (not sci-fi at all, in my opinion), and more novel than thriller, this is a kind of disappointment from this author regardless of the genre you're looking for. An OK read (better than 2, but a low 3 stars), it has weaknesses in a hero who is less than admirable (not too bright sometimes, and a trifle whiny), slow and meandering plot development, and a predictable cavalry-to-the-rescue resolution. He's heavy-handed about grinding a political ax, one I [...]

    3. I was disappointed by this novel. The plot was fairly weak, there wasn't much suspense, and the source of conflict at the core of the story seemed out of scale with the kind of situations the hero of the tale encountered. I think maybe Ben Bova should stick to science fiction, where he excels.

    4. The library says this is a sci-fi book. It's way more political. The main character is trying to get the government to pass a clean energy bill. The powers that be don't like the idea. The bad guys go after them. The good guys win. I like other books by this author. This one. Meh. The timing didn't help. Enough reading about politics in the newspaper. I'd rather my book be more of an escape. To be fair, the book delivers what the back cover promises. But this is Ben Bova so I figured there would [...]

    5. This is a sequel to Bova's book Power Play. In the first book the protagonist is science advisor to a Senate candidate. In this book the candidate has been elected and the protagonist moves with him to DC. While the first book investigated the intersection of science with politics, in this book the intersection is with policy-making, a significantly different challenge. While I'm enough of a policy wonk to find this interesting, Bova manages to ramp up the conflict into thriller territory.

    6. This was not a bad book; don't let the 3 stars dissuade you. Bova's a good -- and especially prolific writer. I read this on the recommendation of a friend who said they started it on a business trip on the plane and couldn't stop once they got to their hotel.Very capable and professional writer. Maybe it was the subject -- suffering politics fatigue right now. Will maybe check out another of his dozens of titles in future.

    7. The sequel to Power Play and a similar kind of story. Not much science fiction more political thriller, not a great one but okay. The thing I didn't like about is that I just didn't care about the characters. I couldn't find much about any of them I like which was a bit of a let down.

    8. Great read to tie over my hangover for House of Cards (TV Series). Politics mixed with one man's vigilante-istic effort to get his plans stamped and sealed. Well written and each page had me wanting for more (especially when I finished the book in 24 hours!). Thou I would love a much better ending.

    9. Bova really went off the deep end with this NOT SCIENCE FICTION fantasy: It's just a stereotypical progressive political thriller, with the horrible oil and coal companies as arch villains fighting the efforts of a crusader trying to save the world (from anthropogenic global warming, pollution, etc - you know the litany) by using the government's political power to force uneconomical energy production onto the public.As you would expect, Bova displays absolutely no concept whatsoever of economic [...]

    10. Not what I have come to expect from Bova, as there was little space material in it, but it would have worked just as well in a futuristic setting after humans had already spread through the solar system, and I guess that is the point. As long as there are humans, there will be dealing to get things done (or not), as the case may be. Let's hope this isn't the future of space exploration, but I can't help but wonder how much will be lost as a result of similar happenings. Overall a good read, even [...]

    11. My hubby saw this book and suggested I try it. This is my first Ben Bova and it won't be my last.Although published by Tor, and Bova is known for his sci-fi, I would classify this entirely as a political thriller. It does have some aspects of sci-fi that I commonly find in books by male authors. I'm talking about the sex. It's not graphic, but it is really randomly thrown in. He randomly has sex with like 3 different women in 300 pages. By the end of the book he's engaged to one of these women, [...]

    12. So, Ill admit that one of my many eccentricities is the need to own the books I read or at the very least have a copy I can have in my hot little hands (and no Im not related to Donald Trump) for as long as I want. Anne will tell you that as our house gets smaller, the stacks of books gets larger and the amount of change in my murse gets smaller that this compulsion is.a pain in the ass. So yes I did purchase my very own copy of Power Surge by Ben Bova! Ben is a straight up old time Science Fict [...]

    13. I persevered with this, hoping something would start to happen, hoping the paper thin caricatures and the ancient stereotypes of male and female roles in Washington would at least have some juicy action in it. It dragged on and on and nothing happened, so I decided life was too short for such tripe and moved on.

    14. When I started to read this book, I got this horribly dated feeling, is this an expanded rough draft from the 60's? First off, it's really a hard sell to me for burning more coal, even if it's cleaner. MHD power generation was cutting edge 50 years ago, but now it's just a failed tech. The character Jake, who by simple math can be no older than 49, suffered from rickets. Was he really born in the 30's? That's how long they have been adding Vitamin D to milk in the US. Then the horrible character [...]

    15. First, I'll preface this with the fact that I have read almost every single one of Ben Bova's books. They aren't great literature, but they have been fun for me. I've enjoyed his stories and his visions of possible futures. until now. I gave this 2 stars because the story was ok. Not great. What really lost it for me was the complete global warming repeats and political diatribe. The same speech over and over again. Whether you agree with the theory isn't the question. For awhile, I had to wonde [...]

    16. This is more a political thriller than Science Fiction. The plot is a description of how a bill is passed in the US Senate with some mildly futuristic technology and a bit of old fashioned scandal thrown in. If you want to know how Washington DC operates this is a very good book. If you're after even mildly hard SF you'll probably be a bit let down (One sub-plot involving futuristic tech just peters out and the others are shunted well into the background). There is some dramatic tension and the [...]

    17. Ben Bova has a simplistic writing style reminiscent of Hemingway that sometimes doesn't hold my interest and at other times is a relaxing change of pace. This book was one of the latter. I appreciated his simple telling of alternative energy options and ways to make fossil fuels less polluting. The science was good; but as is sometimes the case with old sci-fi writers, the characters seem more placeholders for the plot, rather than real-life people. Bova was never my favorite sci-fi writer, but [...]

    18. Science and politics, what strange bedfellows you end up with when you're trying to get a national comprehensive energy bill passed. Will Dr. Ross catch Potomac Fever?Though it's labeled as Science Fiction, it's more of a political thriller. However, what genre it is or isn't shouldn't matter if you like the story. Dr. Ross exemplifies the phrase "fools rush in where angels fear to tread." Soon enough, you start to wonder if he will make to the end alive.If you like science-based political thill [...]

    19. A blend of hard science fact, political intrigue, and fictional thriller presents the reader with a mentally quick pace in the world of sustainable energy and its production. The exploration of what it takes to convince members of the old guard to get on board with the foreseeable future of things to come is not as easy as it seems as a newly elected freshman senator, and his science advisor will soon discover.

    20. Twenty pages in, I thought "This will never work." Fifty pages later, I could hardly put it down. Set in the near future, a Senate aide is trying to develop a comprehensive energy plan. I loved the explorations of new technology and where innovations might come from. There's a good exploration of political realities in Congress and a decent political thriller. It wouldn't class it as science fiction or mystery. Suspense is a good fit.

    21. Not the worst book I've read this year but far from the best. Bova has written some great stuff in his time, but this was a simplistic procedural about the politics of getting a fantasy energy bill before the Senate. The characters were two dimensional and uninspiring. I was expecting some sort of science fiction twist during the entire read, but it was not there. That may have contributed to my dissatisfaction with the book.

    22. More political thriller than science fiction, for which Bova is famous. This reprint involves a character, Jake, who's trying to save the world with a very large energy plan. Jake refuses to compromise and runs afoul of the Senate power structure. The violence that ensued wasn't really believable, except unless one puts it in context of Vince Foster during Clinton's presidency. It was a short listen and a reprint--but dragged a little and some parts that didn't connect well.

    23. Although I am very interested in our energy options, this book didn't deliver on that front. Not really a SCIENCE fiction effort, as there was very little detail on what makes the energy technologies work. More of a political thriller which for me, and I guess most politicians in Washington DC, was very frustrating. I don't like the games and felt like I got caught in one reading this.

    24. if politics in our capital is really this bad our country is in trouble. Very interesting novel about a scientist trying to get his all inclusive energy saving agenda through Congress. He works for a young senator who has his own political aspirations.

    25. This is a political thriller with a proposed energy policy as the central theme. It's definitely not science fiction!!

    26. A good political novel that focuses less on those directly in the spotlight. However, I didn't love the ending. I thought the novel sort of flattened out near the end.

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