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millennium a novel about people and politics in the year 1999 by ben bova

Millennium : A novel about people and politics in the year 1999 by Ben Bova


New York : Random House, 1976. Inscribed/signed by Ben Bova. First edition with numbers line and First Edition statement on copyright page. Hardcover. 277 pages ; 22 cm. $7.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. Glue residue on front free endpaper. Pages toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.


We are thrust into the terrifying world of the future in this chilling novel about people and politics in the year 1999. The Earth's population has soared to eight billion. The two major powers are on the brink of nuclear war as they vie for control of the planet's dwindling supply of natural resources.

Meanwhile, a few hundred kilometers above the Earth's surface, on their respective Moon colonies, the United States and Soviet Russia feverishly race to complete networks of ABM satellites to protect themselves from missile attack.

Each side knows that if it can complete its own satellite ABM network before the other side does, the decades-long nuclear stalemate of terror will be broken. A decisive advantage would be obtained. A preemptive nuclear strike could be hurled at the enemy, with the ABM satellites blunting the inevitable counterstrike.

Two men are deeply involved in this potential holocaust: the heads of the American and Russian colonies. Fortunately, for the sake of humanity, they are both idealistic men of good will, determined to work together to establish a world in which co-existence is possible. How they accomplish this, the forces that are thrown against them, and whether or not each man' himself survives is the dramatic story of Millennium.

About the Author

BEN BOVA was born in Philadelphia, where he attended Temple University and received a degree in Journalism. He is currently editor of Analog Science Fiction-Science Fact magazine, the most widely read and influential science-fiction magazine in the world. He received the Science Fiction Achievement Award (Hugo) for best editor of the year in 1973. His book The Fourth State of Matter was honored as one of the top one hundred science books of the year 1971 by the American Librarians' Association. He is married and lives in New York.

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