The Best of Bova: Volume 3
The Best of Ben Bova, Volume III collects 32 stories from the 80 or so stories Bova wrote between 1960 and 2014. Bova (1932–), an award-winning editor, replaced famed editor John W. Campbell at Analog Magazine in 1971 and later was editor at Omni. Bova was also the president of both the National Space Society and Science Fiction and and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). This is the third volume in the series, which collects the genre stories he has written over the last fifty years.
One will find here a useful definition of science fiction and an interest in telling all sorts of tales. Bova notes that there will be all sorts in the future, including “entrepreneurs, visionaries, saints, sinners, pilgrims, adventurers….” In space there will also be “heroes and heels, lovers and loners, visionaries and the smugly blind.” Bova writes that he hopes the readers will enjoy their struggles. There are certainly some stories here for all genre fans, with a lot of variety displayed. Some are prescient, telling of discoveries that Bova anticipated that we would discover. There are also adventures and wonders to amaze. One finds here the “can-do” spirit, with science solving problems, maybe a little too easily for our turgid and entrenched world. These volumes have been great showcases for what the field has to offer, without the need to bait readers with controversy.