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1979. Kinsman
2001. The Precipice: The Asteroid Wars: 1
2002. The Rock Rats: The Asteroid Wars: 2

About the Author:
Ben Bova is an award-winning editor and numbers among his prominent roles President Emeritus of the National Space Society and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. He's written over 100 futuristic novels and non-fiction works.

He holds degrees from the State University of New York and Temple University, Philadelphia; and a Doctor of Education degree from California Coast University. In 2001, he became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has taught writing at Harvard University and at the Hayden Planetarium in New York, and lectures regularly on topics dealing with high technology and the future.

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Bova, Ben. 'Kinsman', published in 1980 in the UK by Sidgwick & Jackson, hardcover, 280pp, 1st Edition with unclipped dustjacket. Nice, clean copy. Price: £20.00, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK customers, more for overseas buyers) Please check with us if you have any questions
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  • Kinsman [top]
    First published in 1979 in the US by the Dial Press in hardcover
    First published in 1980 in Great Britain by Sidgwick & Jackson in hardcover

Story: Suddenly a cloud of white gas jetted from the Shuttle's nose. The spacecraft dipped down and away from them. Another soundless gasp from the reaction jets back near the tail and the Shuttle slewed sideways. 'What the hell they doin'?' Colt shouted. The Shuttle was sliding away from them scuttling crabwise farther away from the propellant tanks where they were stranded. 'They got trouble! Somethin's wrong... .' Kinsman punched the stud on his wrist keyboard for the flight deck's radio frequency. 'Kinsman to flight deck. What's wrong? Why are you manoeuvring?' No answer. The Shuttle was dwinding away from them rapidly now. 'Captain Howard!' Kinsman said into his helmet mike, trying to keep the tremble out of his voice.
'Major Podalski! Major Pierce... Come in! This is Kinsman. Colt and I are still outside the spacecraft! Answer, please!'
Nothing but the crackling hum of the radio's carrier wave.
'Those sonsofbitches are stranding us!'

Bova, Ben. 'The Precipice: The Asteroid Wars: 1', published in 2001 by Hodder and Stoughton, hardback, with dustjacket, 440pp, ISBN 0340769602. Condition: good, clean, ex-library copy, with some library stamps. A plastic cover protects the exterior of the book. Price: £3.90, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
2001, Hodder & Stoughton
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  • The Precipice: The Asteroid Wars: 1 [top]
    First published in 2001 in Great Britain by Hodder and Stoughton, hardback with dustjacket, 440pp, ISBN 0340769602
    Illustration: Mark Harrison
    Original UK retail price of the hardback 1st Edition: £17.99

Storyline:

The Asteroid Wars:
The asteroids are the richest source of metals and minerals humankind has ever discovered. They hold far more physical wealth than the entire planet Earth: untold megatons of gold, silver, platinum, rare earths; even water and organic chemicals. These are the stories of the men and women who reach the asteroids, begin to mine their treasures and fight over the incredible wealth they hold...

The Precipice storyline: Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiralling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying millions of lives. 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 does not 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 rocket 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...

Bova, Ben. 'The Rock Rats: The Asteroid Wars: 2', published in 2002 by Hodder & Stoughton in hardback, with dustjacket, 440pp, ISBN 0340769580. Condition: Good, clean ex-library copy with some library markings; and a plastic cover protecting the exterior of the book. Price:£3.50, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
2002, Hodder & Stoughton.
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  • The Rock Rats: The Asteroid Wars: 2 [top]
    First published in 2002 in Great Britain by Hodder and Stoughton, hardback, with dustjacket, 440pp, ISBN 0340769580
    Illustration: Mark Harrison
    Original UK retail price of the hardback 1st Edition: £18.99

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The Asteroid Wars:
Millions of chunks of rock and metal float silently, endlessly, through the deep emptiness of interplanetary space. They contain more metals and minerals, more natural resources, than the entire Earth...

The story of the men and women who risk everything to mine the riches of the asteroids began in The Precipice and continues in The Rock Rats

The Rock Rats storyline: Martin Humphries-the fabulously wealthy, coldly ruthless owner of the greatest space-based industrial giant-has been checked, but his malice and ambition remain. He still dreams of bankrupting the rival space exploration company Astro Manufacturing and bringing the independent prospectors who are beginning to stake claims on large and small rocks of the Asteroid Belt under his control. And most of all, he wants to capture the love of beautiful Amanda Cunningham, the woman who spurned his money, and take his revenge on Lars Fuchs, the space prospector who both defied Humphries and married Amanda. His weapons will be piracy, sabotage and murder. The Asteroid Wars have entered a violent new era...

 



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