The writer Ben Bova (photo ©Dd-b) passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020. He had contracted Covid-19 and had complications that led to pneumonia aggravated by a stroke.
Benjamin William Bova was born on November 8, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. I had already written a tribute to Ben Bova on his 80th birthday that covered his career as a writer and editor. It has been a very long and very prolific career between fiction and non-fiction, so a book could be written about it, especially if his collaborations on television and cinema productions were included. However, even though he was no longer a young man, he kept on writing new works, although on some occasions they were collaborations.
Ben Bova was considered a writer whose style was close to that of the pulp magazine era, even though his stories were somewhat “updated” to later ages. The adventurous component was important, but in his stories of futures in which humanity expands into space there could also be political and social elements.
Over the past decade he published Jake Ross’s trilogy, consisting of: “Power Play” (2011), “Power Surge” (2015), and “Power Failure” (2018), and the Star Quest quadrilogy, consisting of: “New Earth” (2013), “Death Wave” (2015), “Apes and Angels” (2016), and “Survival” (2017). His last novel, “Space Station Down”, written with Doug Beason, was published in August 2020.
In his private life, Ben Bova had continued to be active as well and, about three and a half years after losing his wife Barbara, he announced in March 2013 that he had remarried to Rashida Loya.
Ben Bova was eclectic not only as an author, having been president of both the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America. He lectured at universities and conferences and was also a radio and television commentator, always on topics related to science and science fiction.
With his works, Ben Bova spread for decades ideas related to various scientific and technological advances, and that humanity will expand into space. He will be still appreciated for a long time to come.