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Ben Bova biography

Date of birth : 1932-11-28
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality : American
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-06-08
Credited as : Author and editor, ,

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Ben Bova is an American science-fiction author and editor.

Benjamin William Bova was born on November 8, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1953, while attending Temple University in Philadelphia, he married Rosa Cucinotta; they had a son and a daughter. He would later divorce Rosa in 1974. In that same year he married Barbara Berson Rose. Barbara Bova died on September 23, 2009.

Bova was an avid fencer in his younger days, and organized Avco Everett's fencing club.

Bova worked as a technical writer for Project Vanguard in the 1950s and later for the Avco Everett Research Laboratory in the 1960s when they did research in lasers and fluid dynamics. At Avco Everett he met Arthur R. Kantrowitz (later of the Foresight Institute).

In 1972 Bova became editor of Analog Science Fiction after John W. Campbell's death in 1971. After leaving Analog in 1978, he went on to edit Omni during 1978-1982.

In 1974 he wrote the screenplay for an episode of the children's science-fiction television series Land of the Lost entitled "The Search".

Bova served as the science advisor for the failed television series The Starlost, leaving in disgust after the airing of the first episode (1973). His novel The Starcrossed, loosely based on his experiences, featured a thinly veiled characterization of his friend and colleague Harlan Ellison. Bova dedicated the novel to "Cordwainer Bird", the pen name Harlan Ellison uses when he does not want to be associated with a television or film project.

Bova holds the position of President Emeritus of the National Space Society and served as President of Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) from 1990 to 1992.

Bova went back to school in the 1980s, earning an M.A. in communications in 1987 and a Ed.D. (from California Coast University) in 1996.

Bova has drawn on his experiences to create fact and fiction writings rich with references to spaceflight, lasers, artificial hearts, nanotechnology, environmentalism, fencing and martial arts, photography and artists.

As of 2010 Bova has written over 115 books - non-fiction as well as science fiction. In 2000, he attended the 58th World Science Fiction Convention (Chicon 2000) as the Author Guest of Honor.

Recently, Hollywood has taken an interest in Bova's works due to his wealth of knowledge about science and about what the future may look like. In 2007 Stuber/Parent Productions hired him as a consultant to provide insight into what the world may look like in the near future for their film "Repo Men" (2010) starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker; also in 2007 he provided consulting services to Silver Pictures on the feature adaptation of Richard Morgan's novel "Altered Carbon". In 2007, Velocity Management became Ben Bova's literary manager.

Author of books:
Forward in Time (1973)
Maxwell's Demons (1979)
E (1984)
The Astral Mirror (1985)
Prometheans (1986)
Battle Station (1987)
Future Crime (1990)
Challenges (1994)
The Future Quartet - Earth in the Year 2042 (1995)
Twice Seven (1998)

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