Titan (Gaean Trilogy Series #1)

Titan (Gaean Trilogy Series #1)

by John Varley

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ISBN-13: 9780441813049
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Series: Gaia Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 410,894
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Varley is the author of Slow Apocalypse, the Gaean Trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon), Steel Beach, The Golden Globe, Red Thunder, Mammoth, Red Lightning, and Rolling Thunder. He has won both the Nebula and Hugo awards for his work.

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Titan (Gaean Trilogy Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 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.
Scoshie on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Introducton to Capt Cirroco "Rocky" Jones an friends!!!"Titan is first in Varley's epic Gaean Trilogy. It was finalist for both Hugo and Nebula awards.---Gaea is a world within a world ¿ impossible, bizarre, an endless landscape inhabited by creatures out of legend. Gaea is a goddess, sometimes whimsical, sometimes malign and always terrifying. But she is also three million years old and her powers are increasingly capricious and uncertain."
betula.alba on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Moderately paced throughout book till the last few pages, with some surprising plot twists. Depiction of intimate relationships could have been left out; too much emphasis on the characters as sexual beings. Fairly large scope, but not as detailed world-building as Vernor Vinge for instance.
meghancochrane on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Ripping good Sci Fi. How could you not like centaurs with three sets of genitalia? I was hooked instantly when the first scene is zero gravity sex. I was house ridden for a few days with a sinus infection and it made for perfect awake-at-2am reading. I thought Gaea was deliciously funny and original "God" and the fact that she stole all her ideas from American television really funny (I do have a few questions about electronic speed of light travel v.s. how far into the future things are) Some times it's better to just roll with the story though. The main character Rocky and her relationship with Gaby seemed like a riff on Frodo and Sam, but then again I think most Sci-Fi is a rif on that because it's so heavily grounded in archetypes. Which doesn't mean it doesn't make for great reading. I enjoyed the authors imagination in making up the world and characters. Genetically engineered incestuous twins? All in all a good read.
revslick on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Varley is an old-school sci-fi writer. Old school sci-fi writer are those that push the boundaries of societal norms to such a degree that you can't helped being stretched by the end. He uses several mythological references to explore the notion of divine reenactment as if god purposely creates bizarre conflict just to see the chaos ensue. Unfortunately, it reminded me of a patchwork of several familiar stories and left me liking the stretching tidbits but feeling bored through 3/4s of the book. Warning... the book is definitely NOT for children.
FicusFan on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I had heard such hype about this series but was quite disappointed when I actually read the first book. This book is the poster-book for the slander that SF as a genre is mindless, adolescent male fantasy. The only reason I didn't rate it lower was the fact that it picked up a bit towards the end.The characters are cardboard, and other than one (The POV) are never really fleshed out. At the very start there is a strange thread about their sex lives. In fact that is almost the most prominent feature of the story, and like High School, you can only keep track of who is who, by remembering who they are sleeping with. The focus of course is on the women, their bodies and nudity, with a dash of lesbian incest. Hell there are even crude drawings. The story is about first contact and how a US/UN survey ship encounters a large object that is clearly not natural. It turns out to be an alien artifact, a ship. It had such potential for a story, but when they get inside its a poorer version of Ringworld. Been there, done that. And of course the nudity is back, as the crew wanders the landscape naked. When some finally meet, we are even treated to contemplation of what it looks like (from the back and below the waist) to climb behind a naked woman. There is mindless killing of what they think of as 'food' but which they never consider as possibly being the local equivalent of 'people'. So much for first contact.3/4 of the book is spent wandering a boring and empty landscape while the characters have personal problems, and sexual crises, complete with rape and homosexual experimentation (and since this is a male fantasy - its lesbians). What a waste of time. Finally there are local 'people' and structures found. There are conflicts, there is a decision to find the creator in the Hub, and find out why the ship was attacked and sucked inside the artifact. Why the crew was eaten, re-programmed and spit out naked and changed to wander alone. The results are campy, and worthy of Hollywood or Las Vegas (think the Wizard and the Emerald City in OZ) - courtesy of the entity watching and listening to our TV and Radio.The book ends with a rescue party arriving unharmed, and some of the original crew deciding to stay. It sets the stage for the next book in the series.Towards the end the addition of the Centaurs and Angels make it a bit more interesting. The climb to the Hub is interesting for a while and then becomes boring. There is a lot of name dropping of other SF works, and the actual stealing of one of the worms from Dune. Sad, derivative, occasionally offensive dreck.
clong on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is an interesting book. It starts out like a traditional Big Dumb Object book, but over time we start to realize that there is more to the object than initially meets the eye. And then in the end it morphs into a sort of Greek Mythology meets The Wizard of Oz pastiche. Much of the book is spent exploring Gaea, and I found this to be the best part of the book (more so, for example, than the comparable storyline in Rendezvous with Rama). Varley populates Gaea with an intriguing mix of flora and fauna, intelligent alien species, varied topography and massive mechanical constructs. The maps were very helpful and the illustrations were marginally helpful. I found the characters and how they interact to be somewhat superficial, especially the men, who are one dimensional. I had a hard time developing much empathy for the protagonist, but by the end I genuinely cared about what happened to Cirocco and her sidekick Gabby. There was plenty of gratuitous sex, but at least it wasn't offensive (although the idea that the captain of ship would have "relationships" with every opposite sex crew member on the ship is a bit appalling).
rampaginglibrarian on LibraryThing 8 months ago
i liked this first installment, although the descriptions sometimes threw me, not being a visual person, yet being someone who DOES have to map out things if diagrams and desriptions are explicitly laid out (which they very much are in this book) i had a very hard time picturing Varley's descriptions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this when I was a teenager . Just decided to read it again .enjoyed it just as much this time.
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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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{Name} Sun {Age} 14 {Godly Parent} Zues {Weapons} a golden sword and ice bow. {Skills} Can control ice, and fire when I get angry. {Status} Dating Creon. {Other} Ask. <br>Orthian Council #7.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
((Gtg bbt)) He falls over, snoring.