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A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women--though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained…and dumped.
But more than money, more than women, Sam Gunn loves justice. (And he really does love money and women.) Whether he's suing the Pope, helping twin sisters entangled in the "virtual sex" trade, or on trial for his life on charges of interplanetary genocide, you can be sure of one thing: this is one space jockey who'll meet every challenge with a smile on his lips, an ace up his sleeve…and a weapon in his pocket.
Now, for the first time between covers, Hugo-winner Ben Bova presents all the tales of Sam Gunn to date, including three never before collected in book form. Here is the entire chronicle of Sam Gunn, trailblazer and scoundrel, as he scams his way from one end of the Solar System to the other, giving bold new meaning to the term "venture capitalist."
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Ben Bova is the author of more than 120 futuristic novels and nonfiction books about science and technology.
Dr. Ben Bova received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005 for "fueling mankind's imagination regarding the wonders of outer space." His 2006 novel, Titan, received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year.
Dr. Bova has worked with filmmakers and television producers such as Woody Allen, George Lucas, and Gene Roddenberry. His nonfiction books such as Immortality and Faint Echoes, Distant Stars have been honored by such organizations as the American Librarian's Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has won six Science Fiction Achievement Awards (Hugos) and many other awards for writing.read more
Ben Bova at his best. Which still isn't brilliant but it's quite a bit different from some of his later work. The firsthalf of these stories published as Sam Gunn Unlimited, was one of the first of Bova's works I read many years ago. I instantly liked the irrepresable nature of Sam Gunn and his tales of daring-do against the corporations and women out to get him. This is the complete Sam Gunn story including those early tales and many later additions.It is told form the view of Jade - a young orphan growing up in Selene, the first city on the moon. Sam Gunn has died, sucked pastthe event horizon of a black hole, and her current job is to erect his statue miles from anywhere on the lunar plains. This intrigues her sufficiently to investigate his life, and she becomes a reporter tracking doen people who knew Sam the best and gathering tales of his exploits and how he ended up in the Black hole. Each person's tale is a short story in it's own right, with a little intersperced details of Jade's story hanging them all together.Some of the stories are better than others but the essential plot is always the same - Sam attempting to gather sufficient money to fund a business proposal without being overridden by the large corportations that run most of human society. Somehow (and it's never mentioned exactly how) each proposal while initially sucessful always fails leaving him searching for more. In addition there are string after string of increasingly more beautiful women normally attempting to distract him, or else doing nothing but hanging around waiting for Sam to fall for them. It's an incredibly chauvanistic novel, but most of the other characters point this out repeatedly, and so it doesn't come across as too grating. Mostly it's just fun. It doens't take anythign too seriusly Sam is completely irrepresable and will have you laughing out loud several times, which isn't something SF is normally known for. I'm sure I'll be re-reading this often..........................................................................................................read more
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Lovers of SF romance and adventure will welcome Hugo-winner Ben Bova's The Sam Gunn Omnibus, which collects all the tales featuring his iconoclastic astronaut hero. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved