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About Ben Bova

For more than a decade Ben Bova has been creating novels about the human race's expansion through the solar system.
From the Moon to Mars, Venus, Jupiter and the Asteroid Belt, his novels show the adventure and excitement of our advance across the space frontier.

The author of more than 100 futuristic novels and nonfiction books, Dr. Ben Bova has been involved in science and high technology since the very beginnings of the space age. President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, Dr. Bova received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, "for fueling mankind's imagination regarding the wonders of outer space."

Dr. Bova is a frequent commentator on radio and television and a widely-popular lecturer. Earlier, he was an award-winning editor and an executive in the aerospace industry.

Ben Bova's novel, Titan, has won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of the year 2006."



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BEN BOVA is a Robert A. Heinlein Award Winner
for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature.

BLOODLESS VICTORY is a collection of short works by one of science fiction's grand masters: six time Hugo Award-winner, Ben Bova. Dr. Bova does not write many short stories. This volume includes five classic stories and a brand new story, "Bloodless Victory."

"Bloodless Victory" is the most recent of four works that grew out of Bova's skill as a championship fencer and fascination with dueling as a way to settle disputes. In "The Perfect Warrior" he introduced the concept of a virtual reality dueling machine in which two opponents could battle each other to death. He expanded on the idea in his intergalactic novel, THE DUELING MACHINE. "Duel in the Somme," which is included in this collection, describes the dueling machine's origin.

In "Bloodless Victory," Bova asks the question, "What if this new form of bloodless dueling was afforded the weight of law?" Could clogged civil court dockets be purged if the parties in a personal dispute agreed to abide by the outcome of a virtual duel? Would the legal establishment accept such an idea?

Other stories include:

  • The Last Decision
  • In Trust
  • The Question
  • Duel in the Somme
  • Waterbot
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