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Titan Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1992

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Reissue edition (31 Dec. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441813046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441813049
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most wonderful reading experiences...comparable to Dune in its scope and surpassing it in the sheer audacity of its invention."

About the Author

John Varley is the author of the Gaean Trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon), Steel Beach, The Golden Globe, Red Thunder, and Mammoth. He has won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards for his work.


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I bought this on the recommendation of a friend and to be honest, I had a few reservations. All the descriptions of the book, including those here on amazon.com sounded a little hoky and a little weird. I said I would eat my hat if I loved the book. In time I was duly forced to get out the salt and pepper and get torn in to my trilby. This is a massively enjoyable book that is an exercise in imagination beyond imagination. For those looking for a more concrete idea of what Titan is about and how good it is then look no further than Larry Niven's Ringworld or A World Out of Time. It's drawn from exactly the same vein as those two classics. Varley has let his imagination run wild while still retaining suspension of disbelief. To those who claim this book is not SF then I would challenge you to point out exactly where. This is no less SF than the aforementioned Niven classics and as a fan of hard SF than is a strong recommendation in its favour. Varley writes with a terrific style, being easy to read and maintaining a breakneck pace, never once lulling into middle-book periods of tedium that seem to plague some novels. Having read this book, having been proved wrong and having enjoyed it immensely I can't recommend this book strongly enough to anyone with a mind for SF or good fantasy for that matter. If you like the aforementioned Niven books then why haven't you bought this earlier? My only regret is not discovering it sooner. Now, anyone know where I can get a copy of Wizard and Demon? :o)
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A giant alien structure is discovered orbiting Saturn. Inside there are lifeforms that have been specially created to worship the structure's god-like creator. The exploring astronauts' leader Cirocco Jones decides to free the inhabitants, but how can she succeed in a closed environment in which everyone is controlled by the world itself?

This is an enjoyable romp. Initially it starts as a giant structure exploration story in the style of Rendezvous With Rama with a bunch of astronauts investigating a large and fascinating artificial alien environment. But then it veers away into more interesting territory and almost becomes a fantasy genre type work with quests and ultimate battles between good and evil.

Although the themes are free will and the nature of god, it doesn't spend much time on being philosophical and instead it provides plenty of action and humour. Along with a great location, a god with a love of 'B' movies and one of the best female leads in sf, this a tale that's well worth reading.
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By A Customer on 13 May 1998
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I first read Titan in 1979 and waited a year or so for Wizard. After Wizard was another year, and by the time Demon came out, I had forgotten the first two, figuring I'd go back and reread them someday. 20 years (and many books) later, I picked up the first two and rediscovered the magic and genius of this series, but now Demon is out of print!! Buy these books, read them, and demand a new edition of Demon! I'm still waiting to find out whatever happened to Cirocco Jones!
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By A Customer on 18 Jun. 1999
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I found this book on an old second hand books stall, and I have to say it's brilliant! Ever since I read it I have been searching for the others in the trilogy (without success). Then I thought of Amazon.com - oh joy! Sorry to contradict some of the other reviewers, but Titan is not unbelievable. It is because it is strange and so out of the ordinary that is is believable and compelling. I would recommmend it to any sci-fi freak (like me!).
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The first time I read Titan (for I have since lost count of how many times I have pulled it down from my bookcase), I stayed up all night gobbling page after page this epic. Capt. Cirocco Jones and the rest of the crew, are quite literally hijacked by a planet, a living contruct-God called Gaia. They are thrust without food, clothing, or shelter, as naked as newborns into an alien environment. I mean what do YOU do when you find yourself living in a God, which is quite possibly insane? Varley is definitely on my top ten list of SF authors. He is funny, cynical and sexy. I DO suggest that if you read TITAN, have WIZARD and DEMON available as well. You won't you be fit company for anyone until you can find out what happens next. Trust me, I know.
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By A Customer on 30 Sept. 1997
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I first read the book in 1980, I have a 1979 title. I was absolutely stunned! I read it in 2 days, turned around and read it again! I've read it 6 times now, and the sequels 2 times each. It was one of those books you want to find someone else that has read it to share in it. I think that I am going to order a new printing right now to read, I don't want to put anymore wear on the original.
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That's not what the "Gaia" trilogy is usually seen as. It's often reviewed as an exciting space opera with heroes and villains on an artificial life-form, the size of a planet, in orbit around Saturn.

Don't believe it! What this is, is a very serious attempt to come up with a design for a star-faring craft. At the end of this very enjoyable set of three books, you might want to consider whether mankind really expects to reach the stars.

The technology at the centre of the books is a living being. It's the size and shape of a big wheel - several kilometers - no, several hundred kilometers across. It's spinning, and the "tyre" around the edge is hollow, filled with atmosphere and populated with centaurs. And humans.

Why would anybody build such a thing?

All becomes, gradually, clear as you discover the intelligence that lives in the hub; a god-like device, clearly artificial in origin but capable of reproduction. Its main skill is a genius for genetic engineering and biosphere maintenance.

Without spoiling the story, it is quite capable of designing a life-form which inherits language; or a plant which grows silicon circuitry in its leaves, or even, of upgrading the DNA of a human being so that it can interbreed with the centaurs.

Varley doesn't say, at any point, that this would be a useful skill! - but recently, all the birds on my local park ponds died. It was after a dry summer, and analysis showed that a thin layer of toxin had formed on the bottom of the pond; all bottom-feeding lifeforms which ingested it, perished. And, it occurred to me; "suppose this happened on a star-ship?"

On planet Earth, it's a local tragedy.
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