Broadcast 1068 (Special Edition)

08 Dec 2008 Dr. Ben Bova
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Guest: Dr. Ben Bova was the guest for this Space Show program to discuss his new book, "Mars Life." Our discussion went in and out regarding "Mars Life," politicians and the importance of space, political leadership, how politicians view science fiction writers, and much more. We talked a lot about the need for political leadership and the comprehensive understanding of why space is so important and what its potential benefits are and what they mean for us all. We also talked in-depth about space solar power and as you will hear, I put the economic questions to Dr. Bova, so you will want to hear what he has to say about economic as well as other challenges facing SSP. I asked many questions about his book which is the third in his series on Mars. As the story is about scientists on Mars finding archaeological ruins from a previous village/civilization, it's a great read and I recommend it. In talking to Ben, I asked him if finding such ruins on Mars for real would be a motivator to go to Mars sooner, not later. Listen for his reply. Listeners asked Ben about science fiction and space enthusiasm, plus the extent of science fiction in other nations and cultures. As for science fiction writing, using the preface of his book, I asked about not being constrained by facts in writing the book. His response about constraint, facts, limits, and out of the box possibilities is most instructive. You can learn more about Dr. Ben Bova at his website www.benbova.net. If you have a comment or question for Dr. Bova, please send it to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will forward it to him.

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