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Titan (Gaean Trilogy Series #1)

Titan (Gaean Trilogy Series #1)

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by John Varley

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Twenty years ago, the Gaean Trilogy dazzled critics and readers. Now a new generation will discover that brilliant world—beginning with Titan.


Twenty years ago, the Gaean Trilogy dazzled critics and readers. Now a new generation will discover that brilliant world—beginning with Titan.

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Like Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama and Larry Niven's Ringworld, John Varley's 1979 masterwork Titan (nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards) is one of the most monumental and universally beloved novels of the 1970s -- and thanks to Ace Books, Varley's entire Gaean trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon) is being repackaged and reissued in paperback.

When an exploratory spaceship captained by Cirocco "Rocky" Jones discovers what appears to be a massive new moon orbiting Saturn, the crew investigates -- only to be captured by the strange satellite (which turns out to be a gigantic sentient being) and drawn into its unfathomable depths. The seven crew members are separated, held in a state of suspended animation for an undetermined period of time, and eventually reborn into a fantastical subterranean world totally naked, hairless -- and deeply altered. In a realm populated by a wonderland of mythical creatures, Rocky and her surviving crewmates must somehow stay alive long enough to find a way to communicate with the god that calls itself Gaea…

Science fiction fans who first read Titan in 1979 will be pleasantly surprised by how well Varley's masterpiece of imagination -- a blend of Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey and L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz -- has withstood the test of time; and younger genre fans who know Varley only from more recent works (Steel Beach, Red Thunder, Mammoth, et al.) will be blown away be this aptly titled cult classic. Paul Goat Allen

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Gaia Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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Titan (Gaean Trilogy Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Jeff_Y More than 1 year ago
Cirocco Jones was the captain of the Ringmaster, one of Earth's most advanced ships, sent to survey Saturn and its moons. But what was waiting for her was stranger than she could ever imagine and more dangerous. After the momentous discovery of an uncharted moon, the Ringmaster is destroyed and her crew subjected to confinement that changes all of them beyond their expectations. Reborn on the interior of the alien that is its own environment, Gaea, Cirocco finds herself with two goals: reunite her crew and find a way home. However, with the exception of her radio, all of the technology that made the voyage so far from earth possible is gone. With nothing but her wits she sets out. But the crewmembers she finds have all undergone subtle changes and no longer accept her as the leader she once was. Calvin the ship's doctor can speak to the large aeromorphs, the blimps. Bill has frightening gaps in his memory. Gaby is fixated on Cirocco and has episodes of irrational fear. Cirocco can now sing in the language of the Titanides, one the races that inhabit Gaea. Convinced that the Hub holds the answers, Cirocco leads an expedition to climb up the spoke of the world. Once again Gaea has nothing but surprises in store. . . John Varley has a broad and vast imagination and uses it to full effect here in the introductory novel to the Gaea trilogy. Varley swiftly humbles the human explorers and reduces them to an exploration party with no technology inside an immense alien being. But Cirroco Jones doesn't know anything about quitting and she's going to find a way out for herself and her crew.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best hard sci-fi novels ever. Unbelievably imaginative and unique. Glad they're finally in Nook format so I can give my dog eared paperbacks a rest.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is some of the best Science Fiction I've ever read! I can't wait to get into the second book!
ShannonEdwardsReads More than 1 year ago
I also recommend 'The Golden Globe' by J. Varley. B & N should put all of Varley's books out in E form, but especially the last book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
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I did not care for this book. To me it was very slow and dull. It had it's moments but far and few between. I'm sure some scifi fans would love it, but it was not for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Titan is a very well written book. The way Varley introduces Cirocco Jones and then shows, gradually, how her character grows in the world of Gae is fantastic. The destricptions and the events that take place are extraordinary. Varley has quite an imagination. All I have to say is that my father named me well: Cirocco.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 17 and 6"6 250lbs. Im all muscle...broad shoulders and pecs with a muscular 8-pack. I have blonde hair that flips up and to the left with Carribean blue eyes...im a varsity football swimming and lacrosse star. My di.ck is 11 inches and 3 inches wide. I like threesomes and bjs. I DON'T DATE. Anything else just ask!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
((Gtg bbt)) He falls over, snoring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Kknight) she sleeps lightly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry res 3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RULES: No cussing. No innappropriate stuff. You can only be one character unless they have a pet. If all the characters are taken you can make one up. (Perferably related to one of the original characters.) Dont godmod. Dont imposter. PLEASE DONT BE DRAMATIC AND 'DIE' EVERY DAY!!! THATS ALL!!! YOU MAY NOW BECOME AN OFFICAL TITAN OR VILLAN!!!!!! *hands good guys a titan communicator thing*
brjunkie More than 1 year ago
Coming soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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