Titan Hardcover – 1 Oct 1997
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Take some archetypal sci-fi characters (ageing moonwalker, several bright young astronauts and a dedicated but reclusive scientist), throw in the near future scenario of a declining space programme following a catastrophic fatal accident, mix well with some unusual plot twists and you have the foundations for Baxter's eighth novel.
Baxter novices may be wary of such a clichéd plot, but don't despair--his reputation as one of the UK's best sci-fi writers is well founded. Titan is an enjoyable novel, well-written, with just the right mixture of hard science fiction, strong characters and a believable, if undesirable, vision of the future. Reminiscent of 2001 and its sequel 2010, the plot unfolds against the backdrop of a declining world civilization. America is sinking into the mire of Christian fundamentalism and turning against technology, whilst a desperate NASA expends all it's remaining energy and resources on a manned mission to Titan--one- way--with the faint hope of reigniting the public's interest in space exploration. The mission is a technical success, but is ignored by the masses, leaving the astronauts stranded on the outskirts of the solar system with no hope of rescue.
But of course, that's not the end of the story --Dave Mutton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘Baxter handles a complex and gripping plot with his customary aplomb… The ending will blow your mind. Buy Titan, read it – and then go out and buy everything else that Baxter has ever written’
‘This is a tale of equivalent scope to 2001, while the visions of Titan life have that sense of Clarke-style cosmic sorrow’
‘A plausible tale of America’s last gasp at interplanetary exploration… Stephen Baxter proves what a cosmic thinker he is’
Washington Post Book World
Top customer reviews
But Titan was, ultimateley, just a little too depressing. Ignoring the final chapter, which some have criticised as far too improbable, the rest of the book is an essay in how to detach humanity from human exploration.
While all of it is, of course, possible, I felt while reading it that it was never going to end well. That there was to be no redemption.
This may, in the future, be the case. But I felt that, as entertainment, it didn't have that spark of hope that makes his other books so brilliant.
I get the feeling that the book originally ended before the final chapter, which would only have been added when an editor said that it might turn into another Catcher In The Rye!
This was a fantastic protrail of the fight to colonise the solar system, so realistic I forgot I was sitting in suburbia and I to went on a voyage to colonise Titan too.
When the crew laughed and cried I would laugh and cry with them , but please save me from the last chapters.
I thought the story was over but like the essay of 500 words which is only 300 words long it rambled on and became sillier by the word.
Read the book but please don't read the ending and you will put it down happy.
However, it was thoughtful and intelligent sci-fi and much of it was compelling reading - I'd recommend it.
Otherwise this is a brilliant book.
P.S: More detailed scores:
Books 1-5 [Five Stars], Book 6 [1 Star]
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Look for similar items by category