Saturday, July 2, 2016


Millennium by Ben Bova
Endeavor Press: 6/24/16 (re-release)
eBook review copy; 295 pages
ISBN: 9780394494210

Millennium by Ben Bova is the highly recommended re-release of the novel originally published in 1976.

Millennium is set in 1999 on the moonbase Selene. Selene is the name the Americans and Russians living on the base call the moon, in contrast to the names given by the officials on Earth to the separate American and Russian areas in the moonbase. Inhabitants of Selene call themselves "Luniks" and the two coexisting communities have a good working relationship. Things are different on Earth, where the Americans and Russians are heading into an undeclared war. Both sides are trying to destroy the others defense satellites and are trying to pull the moonbase into the battle. In a shocking move, American Colonel Chet Kinsman and Russian Colonel Piotr Leonov declare themselves the independent nation of Selene and take control of the orbiting stations that control the satellites of both sides.

While reading Millennium, the first thing you will notice is the 1999 date and how the novel shows it's age. The cold war from the 1970's is alive and well. (Of course, China is nothing  and of no concern as far as the world political climate is concerned in this novel.) The Americans versus the Soviets was certainly timely when Millennium was written. Additionally, the setting may be sci-fi, but this is a novel more concerned with social commentary on the cold war. Certainly Bova has added sci-fi aspects. And, since this was written in 1976, it's interesting to see how he envisioned technological advances in the future.

It is well written, but it does show it's age in the subject matter and in the societal interactions depicted. Whether to recommend reading Millennium depends upon your own point of view. Read it with the idea to simply enjoy some old science fiction (from your younger days for me) and you will find it enjoyable. If you focus on the flaws, you won't.

Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.

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