Titan Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1992
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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One of John Varley's best, with a female protagonist to rival a Heinlein gal! What a pity that Amazon's description of this excellent novel makes the assumption that Captain Jones... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robert P. Shaw
This is one of my favourite science fiction books and the other two in the series are even better. John Varley has a real talent for creating vast new worlds and filling them with... Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2013 by Piers Harper
John Varley is a good writer, there is not much doubt about that. His writing is recognised in the field for being original and full of new ideas as well as being excellent... Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2002 by R. J. Hole
I adore the Gaean trilogy. The imagination required to create and furnish a believable and yet wondrous world *without* invoking a load of warp-drive stupidity is itself a feat... Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 1999
I read this book a few years ago and I loved it! It keeps you engaged throughout the story and there are so many interesting twists and turns. You should definitely read it. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 1999
I bought the entire trilogy at a garage sale, a few years back. To this day, these books are my favorite. I've read them again, and again. Read morePublished on 2 July 1999
I've only read Titan, and haven't read any of the other books in the trilogy. This gives me a different perspective from the readers here who obviously appreciate this book for... Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 1999