Heart of The Comet

Announcing the Return of a Classic

Gregory Benford and David Brin come together again to issue a new edition of their bold collaboration novel about our near human future in space, planting our boots . . . and staking our destiny . . . on becoming the People of the Comet.

After many years out of print, Gregory Benford and David Brin have revised and re-issued Heart of the Comet.

Prescient and scientifically-accurate, Heart of the Comet was known as one of the great “hard sf” novels of the 1980s. The novel, published in 1986, coincided with the last return visit of Comet Halley to Earth. Heart of the Comet tells the story of an ambitious manned mission to visit the comet and alter its orbit in order to mine it for resources. Their discoveries soon include a deadly viral lifeform that decimates the crew.


To get a copy… a special e-edition — with available print-on-demand (POD) — can be acquired via Amazon or directly from Gregory Benford‘s or David Brin’s web sites. Or click the links below to purchase from another retailer.


Science fiction authors David Brin and Gregory Benford discuss their collaboration on Heart of the Comet. This clip includes some humorous moments between the two authors, both physicists — as when Gregory discusses why he wrote the sex scenes and David wrote the technical ones.


“A literary conjunction of two of the brightest stars in the science-fiction firmament. In Heart of the Comet, we have it all, the techno-props and accurate physics and biology of John W. Campbell, the heroic battles with outrageous monsters of Robert E. Howard, the insights into seething human perversity of J.G. Ballard and Thomas M. Disch, the characterizational depth of Theodore Sturgeon, all of it wrapped in a scientifically plausible and entertaining package that should not be missed. Heart of the Comet should be on everyone’s award ballot.” — Los Angeles Times

“A magnificent effort . . . their story gets better, and better, and better.” — Locus

“Tremendously imaginative . . . a breathtaking effort from two of science fiction’s brightest stars.” — The San Diego Union


Here are a collection of covers for Heart of the Comet from its foreign and foreign-language publications.

Heart of the Comet - Foreign Covers