Happy birthday Ben Bova!

Ben Bova at Minicon 8 in 1974
Ben Bova at Minicon 8 in 1974

Benjamin William Bova (photo ©Dd-b) was born on November 8, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ben Bova studied at Temple University, where he graduated in journalism. There, he met his first wife Rosa Cucinotta, with whom he had a son and a daughter.

In the ’50s and ’60s, Ben Bova worked as a technical writer for various companies. At the same time, he published his first science fiction stories, initially more adventurous such as the Watchmen series and then he included more scientific elements.

In 1972, Ben Bova became editor of “Analog Science Fiction” following the death of the magazine’s historic editor John W. Director Campbell Jr. the previous year. Bova modernized the magazine and his work earned him six Hugo awards as “Best Professional Editor”.

In 1974, Ben Bova divorced his wife and married Barbara Rose Benson, with whom he remained married until her death in 2009.

In 1978, Ben Bova became editor of “Omni” but the innovation he inctroduces didn’t have the same success as with “Analog Science Fiction” and Bova left the magazine in 1982.

Ben Bova has worked in various ways with television and movie productions, working as a scientific consultant, screenwriter and writing novelizations of movies such as “THX 1138”, which in 1971 marked the debut of George Lucas as a director.

In the ’80s, Ben Bova found the time to go back to school earning a Master of Arts degree in communications in 1987 and a Doctor of Education degree in 1996 at California Coast University.

In the ’80s, Ben Bova started the Orion series, which follows the adventures of the protagonist, a sort of demigod victim of manipulations, in space but especially in time.

In the ’90s, Ben Bova started publishing a series of novels with a common setting called the Grand Tour because they tell the story of the colonization of various planets and moons in the solar system. The 2006 novel “Titan” won the John Wood Campbell Memorial. Many of these novels can be read completely independently but some form sub-cycles such as the Mars trilogy, the series of the Asteroid Wars, the Privateers mini-series and the Moonrise mini-series.

Between 1990 and 1992, Ben Bova was president of the “Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America” (SFWA) and is President Emeritus of the National Space Society.

In recent years, Ben Bova has published some more novels and in his career he has written well over 100 books non-fiction included. Considering the roles he has had in movies and television productions and as an editor, he has already given science fiction a lot.




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