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Titan (Gaea) Mass Market Paperback – April 15, 1987
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Having said that, why should you pick up "Titan?" Isn't this the same book as "Rendezvous with Rama?" Well, yes and no. The book is about astronauts exploring the environment inside an alien space station. But from there, the core concept is all filtered through the mind of John Varley.
Beyond being a straight exploration story, Varley also discusses issue of women in power, homosexuality vs. heterosexuality, altenate breeding relationships for alien species (nothing you can possibly imagine) and some fun with the science of angels. And, of course, it's here that Varley begins his deepest exploration between man and God, although to say more would be to give away too much of the book.
First and foremost, though, "Titan" is an adventure story of the highest caliber, with a heroic lead, weird creatures, alien settings, a warm heart and a very sharp mind. (And it's a mind not nearly as dirty as some of the reviewers are complaining that it is. If you live in America in the 21st century, you'll likely find the book fairly tame sexually.)
Cirroco Jones and her crew are sent on a mission to explore the moons of Jupiter, and when they approach the moon Titan, they make an amazing discovery: Titan is not a moon, but what appears to be a gigantic space station in the shape of a wheel. The discovery of what is the actual nature of the wheel is the whole point of the book, and early in the book, the natural defenses of the wheel grab Cirroco's ship and crew out of space. They essentially get absorbed into the machine, only to be "reborn" on the inside of the machine. Each of the crew goes through a metamorphosis in this re-birth, not all survive, some transformed for the better, some transformed with psychoses or neuroses. And along the way they discover a myriad of fantastical creatures much out of mythology, like a race of centaurs, angels, and more than I can go into much detail about.
This book is a prime example of what science fiction used to do: tell a compelling story, keep you guessing at what all the details of the universe are (you'll have to read Wizard and Demon, the two sequels to find out all the truth about this world the humans call "Titan") and is well edited, that is, it is not an overblown novel stretched out to some 700 or 800 + pages the way many writers do these days. What ever happened to conciseness?Read more ›
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Sex, incestuous sex, lesbian sex, and rape. With that, John Varley's "Titan" is not a Science Fiction book I wanted to read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by illiandantic
Great read - this is the second time I have read the entire trilogy. Need to be a sci-fi fan to really enjoy.Published 5 months ago by jill BOYER HOLLAND
I enjoyed this book but I can't say it was a great read. The concept was very good. I just found story a bit light on depth and characterization.Published 7 months ago by Richard T. Gallagher
Was a big winner of the Hugo & other SCiFi awards, but now seems dated.Published 8 months ago by Penelope Hermes
Breathtaking worldbuilding. All three books build and build to a fantastic, magnificently camp climax. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Damon Shaw
Utterly horrible. As an adult, I enjoy reading adult material. This however is pure trash without merit. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eric Williams