Kinsman Author:Ben Bova Spanning the years between now and the close of the century, Kinsman shows the eventful, expanding space program from today's space shuttle to the first permanent Moon base through the eyes of its dedicated- and driven- hero. Such scenes as a dramatic rescue on the Moon and and hair-raisingly hazardous training exercises- or the hilarious first ... more »attempt at off-Earth lovemaking- capture the unique quality of the men and women who are even now training for Man's greatest adventure.
Chet Kinsman, born of an aristocratic, influential Quaker family, defied tradition and broke with his father to join the Air Force. Not to fight- he was still enough of a Quaker to find killing unthinkable- but to be free of the bonds of Earth, first by flying, then by finding his way into space, to the still peace and beauty of the gulf between the stars.
Kinsman rose rapidly in the service- rapidly enough to be entrusted with a unique emergency mission, the inspection of a secret Soviet satellite. But the satellite was guarded... and Kinsman became the first human to kill another in space.
Grounded for good, Kinsman saw his career and his dreams in ruins. Perhaps he could have lived with that, however bitterly, but he saw also the ominous swing of public interest- and public money- away from space, and the faltering of mankind's hope to find a new way of life away from its tired, crowded planet.
To salvage the space program, Kinsman readied himself to lose all he had left- fiends, the woman he had loved, even honor...« less