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READ & DOWNLOAD ✓ Titan By John Varley Ê It begins with humankind's exploration of a massive satellite orbiting Saturn It culminates in a shocking discovery the satellite is a giant alien being Her name is Gaea Her awesome interior is mind boggling—because it is a mind A mind that calls out to explorers transforming all who enterShocking discovery the satellite is a giant alien being Her name is Gaea Her awesome interior i. Generally considered SF this book has a lot of fantasy in it It's full of interesting ideas and well written Definitely worth the read

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S mind boggling because it is a mind A mind that calls out to explorers transforming all who ent. Spoiler Alert Titan by John Varley is an amazing science fiction book the first one in the Gaea Trilogy and it deserves a place among the 100 best science fiction books of all timeJohn Varley has had my attention ever since I ran into The Persistence of Vision many years ago In that collection of short stories I was awestruck with his creativity and uniue approach to science fiction Each story was challenging innovative and showed new ways of thinking about old problemsAlthough Titan isn’t so much a cutting edge work as some of his whimsical short stories it definitely has moments when you have to slam the book closed stand up and walk around in a circle laughing It is part science fiction part comedy part fantasy and part homage to great and not so great science fiction of the pastThe book is set in the not too distant future of the next few hundred years It tells the story of the Deep Space Vehicle Ringmaster and her crew while on a mission to SaturnThe captain is a woman named Cirocco “Rocky” Jones an homage to the old serial “Rocky Jones” who was born in a wandering family that travelled the globe at the beck and call of the corporations who actually run Earth Brought up by her mother Jones always wanted to be an adventurer and ended up becoming an astronaut so that she could – hopefully – see things no one had seen beforeHer navigator is Gaby Plauget a small woman who has been fascinated with space since childhood and really cares for nothing else Other crewmembers include a doctor engineer and pilot males and two cloned sisters Sex is a rather open prospect on a deep space vessel both hetero and homo and Rocky and Gaby have slept with all of the men The Polo sisters the clones are LesbianUpon approaching Saturn they discover a rather large space object that they at first think is a rogue moon but when they get closer the object appears to have been built by intelligence They scrap their mission in order to investigate this phenomena In form the object is like a huge ring with spokes attaching to a hub but literally hundreds of kilometers in circumference and doing one full rotation per day as it makes its way around SaturnBefore they can figure out an approach to the object they are grabbed and the Ringmaster is pulled toward the object smashing apart in the process The crew is absorbed into the soil kept alive but with intense sensory deprivation for months before they are finally coughed up from the ground onto the surface of the ring The great hub rotates hundreds of kilometers above them Rocky finds Gaby and eventually the others The wheel is full of bizarre life forms such as an intelligent blimp like creature that floats through the skies and a species of Centaurs called the Titanides half human half euine intelligent musical and obviously created to look like humans from the torso upwards The crew begins to name features of the lands around them using Greek mythology especially derived from the Titan myths Ultimately they decide to call the “planet” or “object” GaeaRocky decides that she must travel to the hub to discover if there are any builders alive or if there is a radio so she can contact Earth The novel becomes picaresue as Gaby travels with her on a torturous journey up the strands of cable that hold Gaea together discovering along the way that the object is actually a living creature both goddess and planet at onceI won’t divulge what happens when they reach the hub – it must be savored by the reader when they actually reach that point Let’s just say that it is one of those moments when you must slam the book closed stand up and walk around in a circle laughingBut I do give the warning that this book is for mature readers only It contains a lot of descriptive sexual relationships including a detailed description of the Titanides’ sexual construction and the many ways that they may enjoy sexI highly recommend this novel to those with open minds and who appreciate creative and whimsical writing If you’ve ever wanted to jump into something that will surprise and amaze you with its creativity this is a book you will want to look into And it’s hard to put down once you get started

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Titan By John VarlIt begins with humankind's exploration of a massive satellite orbiting Saturn It culminates in a. Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be doneOn the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That’s 35 books 6 of which I’d previously read leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to meWhile working through this reading list I got married went on my honeymoon switched career and became a father As such these stories became imprinted on my memory as the soundtrack to the happiest period in my life so farI wish that ’s look inside feature used the edition of this book that I have When you flip open my version the inside of the cover has a brilliant colour picture of a naked woman riding a centaur through a lush alien landscape with a whale like blimp creature floating in the skyBefore you’ve read a single page it lets you know ho ho ho we’re in for THAT kind of ride Titan won the Locus Sci Fi award in 1980 ahead of Pohl’s Jem and Clarke’s The Fountains of Paradise – which won the Hugo award that year The story is a classic example of the Big Dumb Object sci fi trope Under prepared explorers encounter a big mysterious object in this case an alien habitat orbiting Saturn and are overwhelmed when they try to investigate So far so standard Titan then takes a splendidly silly tangent by populating said space station with a war between centaurs and angels watched over by sentient blimps WonderfulTo uote the magical maestro Mr Miéville “Part of the appeal of the fantastic is taking ridiculous ideas very seriously and pretending they're not absurd” This is a story that treads the borderline between sci fi and fantasy pick’n’mixing conventions to suit – all with deadpan seriousness I didn’t know that this was the beginning of The Gaea Trilogy – I knew nothing except that it won the Locus SF in ’80 – and based on the inside cover pic my expectations weren’t exactly stratospheric But I found myself pleasantly surprised and enjoying itNone of the human characters left much of an impact on me and the overall explanation view spoiler of the TV addicted Gaea hide spoiler