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Titan: Gaean Trilogy, Book 1 | [John Varley]

Titan: Gaean Trilogy, Book 1

John Varley's monumental trilogy - Titan, Wizard, and Demon - has achieved cult status, hailed as a modern triumph of the imagination by critics and fans. 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...and transforms all who enter.
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John Varley's monumental trilogy - Titan, Wizard, and Demon - has achieved cult status, hailed as a modern triumph of the imagination by critics and fans.

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...and transforms all who enter.

Download more titles in John Varley's Gaea series, including book 2, Wizard, and book 3, Demon.

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    Lane D. Callahan 04-19-14
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    "Fantasy Ringworld Robinson Crusoe"

    The cover says the greatest epic of our time. The story really is just a hodgepodge of Ringworld, Rainbow Mars, greek mythology, and Xena. The book was OK since I only paid $4.95 for it. I am glad that I didn't use a full credit. I also grew tired of the lesbianism and anti-male sentiments written into the story.

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 11-26-13
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    "Surprisingly Terrific"
    Where does Titan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put it near the top of my second tier. I thought it was really good and I plan on reading the rest of the series.. I purchased it based on recommendation from an audible listener I follow (Michael) and I agree with his overall assessment. Initially I thought it was a bit juvenile but as the story went on I found myself contextualizing it in the era it was written and found it to be charming and entertaining. Not heavy handed or dark, but well plotted, clever and a lot of fun.

    This is my first reading of Varley and overall II thought it was great. You just have to realize that this is classic, Sci Fi from the 1970's and though I wouldn't cal it dated it is emblematic of that classic period in Sci FI. Good stuff.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sciraco is probably the template for many strong female leads. I grew to like her and she really drives the whole story.


    Have you listened to any of Allyson Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She was stunning in Hyperion, and she is equally good here. the material is less heavy, almost light hearted and she does a great job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Read the book instead!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Great production, Good story, well worth the credit. Escapist Sci Fi at its best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 02-26-13
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "Opening Salvo in an Amazingly Inventive Trilogy"

    After having read the print version of TITAN at least four times this story is to me very familiar. There was a time when we read Science Fiction for the world building alone, or at least I did anyway. Books like Niven’s RINGWORLD, Clarke’s RENDESVOUS WITH RAMA, are in the same category as TITAN. The difference is that TITAN has aged better; and what is more, it is the opening salvo in the amazingly inventive GAEAN TRILOGY. This first novel can be considered a prolog to the series which takes on a very different, and wonderful, character, and a more ominous tone, with the second book, WIZARD. This was my introduction to John Varley and the sense of wonder that it engendered in me as a youth still lingers. And while I am a very different reader these days, I can still recapture that wide-eyed glint I got the first time I read TITAN. If you have not experienced this novel I envy you, for you are about to relive a part of your childhood, or maybe partake in an experience from which you were deprived as a youngster.

    Allyson Johnson's narration took me a few hours to warm to. Once I decided that her voice fit the character Gaby quite well, I was able to learn to like her, but it took some doing. I think that she made some questionable vocal choices for some characters. Johnson manages to find excellent voice characterizations for both Cirocco and Gaby. My chief complaint, and what proved to be the greatest obstacle in letting her voice into my head, is her choice to portray the supposedly lyrical musical voices of the mighty Titanides in a wispy monotone.

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    Shirlene 07-10-14
    Shirlene 07-10-14
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    "A GOOD READ from a great book!"
    Where does Titan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although Titan is rather old in SYFI it is still an excellent read and will probably not go out of style for another 25 years.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The young woman who showed such bravery in the face of adversity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cimbing the great "Root tree" to the top of the world.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Titan


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it in print 25 years ago. Still a great book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ripley I Attleboro, MA United States 06-05-09
    Ripley I Attleboro, MA United States 06-05-09 Member Since 2007
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    Interesting but kind of adolescent.

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    preston farmington, NM, United States 02-25-14
    preston farmington, NM, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Yawn...."

    I gave up after almost two hours. What I read was very similar to C. S. Lewis' "Out of the Silent Planet" (1965). Lewis can be forgiven for writing a slow Sci-Fi book almost 50 years ago. Varley tries to compensate by throwing in some sex scenes, but it wasn't enough to keep me listening. Fortunately, the book only cost me $4.95, so I can't complain....

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