Full name: John Herbert Varley was born in Austin, Texas. He grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, moved to Port Arthur in , and graduated from. Titan (Gaea) [John Varley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Twenty years ago, the Gaean Trilogy dazzled critics and readers. Now a new. Titan: a world inside a world. Outside it was a vast, wheel-shaped construct orbiting Saturn; inside – it was impossible, bizarre, an endless landscape inhabited.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Titan by John Varley. Titan Gaea Trilogy 1 by John Varley. It begins with humankind’s exploration of a massive satellite orbiting Saturn. It culminates in a shocking discovery: Jobn name is Gaea. Her awesome interior is mind-boggling—because it is a mind.
A mind that calls out to explorers, transforming all who enter. Paperbackpages.
Published April 15th by Ace first published January tktan To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Titanplease sign up. Would this be a good read for young-adults? Altivo Overo I would recommend the book for teens, yes. One or two of the technological elements are dated, but it’s still quite approachable. There is sexual …more I would recommend the book for teens, yes.
There is sexual innuendo in all books of the series, but it is secondary to the story and explicit only in the sense that the rather complicated mating behaviors of the Titanides form an element of the plot.
Each of them has as many as four parents. Lists with This Book. 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 done. On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award.
While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became Christmas While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a father.
As varely these stories became imprinted on my memory as the soundtrack to the happiest period in my life so far. 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 sky.
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. Titan then takes a splendidly silly tangent by populating said space station varly a war between centaurs and angels watched over by sentient blimps. But I found myself pleasantly surprised and enjoying it.
None of the human characters left much of an impact on me and the overall explanation view spoiler [ of the TV-addicted Gaea hide spoiler ] is ridiculous verging on absurd, but the overall experience is imaginative, playful a bit sexy and a lot of fun!
I definitely enjoyed the read — but have too many reservations to recommend whole-heartedly. Jul 15, Bradley rated jojn really liked it Shelves: There’s a lot of imagination and world-building stuffed in these pages. I’d say it’s better than Farmer’s Riverworld series, but since I hadn’t read them all, I can’t say for sure.
Here are the really cool bits: Varley literally builds a world with a vast intelligence playing god within it. I was reminded of Bear’s Hitan at first until I realized that Titan came first and the whole tunnel of alternate dimensions doesn’t sh Titan is a rather surprising and accomplished find among ANY SF collection. I was reminded of Bear’s Eon at first until I realized that Titan came first and the whole tunnel of alternate dimensions doesn’t show in Titan, either.
BUT when it comes to sheer adventure and exploration and learning about the modified intelligent creatures within it, Titan wins the contest hands down. I was already hooked by the Saturn expedition even with the whole 70’s sex focus which got old pretty quickbut everything else surrounding it, even the cocaine jhon, did wonders for getting my interest high.
Cirocco Jones is a rather interesting female captain. After things go to hell and the strangeness begins, I’m all behind the rest of the tiatn. I’m of two minds about the end.
One part of me was all nuts over the SF and Fantasy homages. I really got all giddy over the way Varley incorporated everything and the twist at the end were just so delicious that it turned this damn solid worldbuilding hard-SF novel into a popcorn read.
And the very same twist and incorporation of nerdiness kinda threw me for a loop. There was already so much going on. It almost feels cheap. And yet, I loved it and it makes me yearn for the next book! Even so, everything about this was pretty titzn and gorgeous and the whole idea is made all the more delicious because it’s fully realized and focused.
It has more reveals than Rama, more intelligent life than Eon, and enough nerdy entertainment to fill three books of lesser quality. While it’s true that I have plenty of never-before-read fiction on the To Read shelf, I’ve been hankering recently to reread this series, one of my favorites. Not only does it have one of my favorite characters – Cirocco Jones, subsequently the Wizard of Gaea – but also one of my favorite alien races – the Titanides: See my review of the entire trilogy p While it’s true that I have plenty of never-before-read fiction on the To Read shelf, I’ve been hankering recently to reread this series, one of my favorites.
View all 7 comments. Sep 21, Charles rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Aug 18, Stephen rated it did not like it Shelves: An okay story but after reading Varley’s Ophiuchi Hotline, this was a big let down.
Definitely a product of the 70’s and I found the “free love” aspect of the novel a bit tedious.
I will say that the concept of Gaia was very interesting and some of the alien characters original. The problem for me was that I found all of the human characters boring. Locus Award Best Scie 1. View all 3 comments. Check out that crazy dreamy cover by someone named Freff from I guess I could have read this when it was new, if I weren’t still enjoying children’s books as a teen, and if my small-town library had it.
Well, better late than never And it’s not all that crazy; it’s actually pretty accurate. Varley explores a lot of ideas here, about feminism, and free love, and quests, and aliens, and gods. Varley explores a lot of ideas here, about feminism, and free love, and quests, and aliens, and gods Were the creators of the tv series inspired by this team of strong women?
It feels like it’s a mock-up. Even with the help of a couple of ‘maps’, I couldn’t follow along on the geography. And yet there are so. Sure, Varley needed to know all that stuff, but imo he didn’t need to leave all that development in the book. And the characters are under-developed, more iconographic representations of types than real people.
The plot itself if basically just a quest.
The sex is excessive, but, then, this was published in the late 70s, so, yeah. Varey in all it’s much like much other SF from its era. Not my favorite era, pretty weak book. Apr 12, Nathan Buchanan rated it it was ok. Books like this are why sci-fi rides the short bus of literary culture. It has some great ideas and is in a way a tremendous “page turner”, varldy ultimately fails thanks to weak writing and weaker characters.
For the most part I love all kinds of entertainment from RPGs to movies with the detailed underpinnings of top notch world building.
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I’ve seen Varley’s Gaea books referenced numbe Books like this are why sci-fi rides the short bus of literary jojn. I’ve seen Varley’s Gaea books referenced number of times with respect to great works of “world building”- like Dune, Middle Earth, etc. Something with the potential to be truly alien and amazing was instantly rendered Could go on and on about the thin characters and weird alien abortion scenes, but I think I’ve said my peace on the matter. Feb 16, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: