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This installment of Ben Bova's Grand Tour saga (Venus, Jupiter, et al.) takes place on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. There, in the midst of what could be the biggest scientific discovery in the history of humankind, political and philosophical conflict threaten to destroy everything the 10,000 inhabitants on the space habitat Goddard have spent years working toward. As the annual election of chief administrator draws near, Goddard's incumbent head honcho, Malcolm Eberly, is doing everything possible to gain one more year of control. Eberly's intentions are anything but honorable; he's a ruthless con man pursuing a lucrative dream of mining Saturn's rings for water ice. Opposing him are people like Nadia Wunderly, a maverick scientist who believes that there is life within the rings; Holly Lane, the head of the ship's human resources department, whose agenda revolves around lifting the ban on childbirth; and Edouard Urbain, the tightly wound chief scientist whose wayward exploratory vehicle is trekking across Titan incommunicado. They are desperate to stop Eberly's wild get-rich-quick scheme before extraterrestrial life forms are destroyed, the inhabitants of the space habitat are killed -- or something much worse...
The prolific Bova has been a mainstay in the genre for more than five decades, in large part due to his masterful blend of visionary hard science themes and deeply moving, character-driven plotlines. Titan is no different, featuring an impressive cast of passionate and courageous characters, as well as some jaw-dropping scientific speculation -- vintage Ben. Paul Goat Allen