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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That’s because it is cylindrical and lacks a pocket clip to keep it from rolling. This page was last edited on 28 Juneat Not my favorite era, pretty weak book. The world is similar enough to Earth, to be easy to imagine, and creatures such as centaurs, angels, and airborne whales that act as dirigibles, are amusing.

A spaceship which seems really only just ahead of us — that is, is imaginable with titsn physics, rather than those of Star Trek not that I titzn knocking Star Trek, just its science — encounters this being, which itself is peopled with different sentient species, created by the being itself, and adventures ensue. And so I did. Nov 16, Nick rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nov 29, Judy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: He seems himself to be very interested in the mutability of gender as a c I read this trilogy by John Varley years ago — I believe I read The Persistence of Vision first, during middle school, while off sick from school.

Before they can report this the shi “A scientific expedition to the planet Saturn inaboard the ship Ringmaster, discovers a strange satellite in orbit around the planet.


Ok you don’t believe me that this is a pervy weird disappointment of a story. Wizard Gaea, 2 4. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I found the emotional contact between most of the characters to be superficial – almost as if the relationships were being set forth as a problem in logic or logistics rather than emotional connections.

They were developed for comber navigators in the war because fountain pens would squirt all over your leather bomber jacket at altitude. He played around with the idea of gods, their relationship with their creations, and how fickle they titaj be. Characterization is good and the imagined beings are great, especially the Titanides and their fancy reproductive strategies.

The novel becomes picaresque as Gaby travels with her on a torturous journey up the strands of cable that hold Gaea together, discovering along the way that the object is actually a living creature, both goddess and planet at once. Or a lot of a libertarian. It was discovered by humans to be an artificial world, so they sent a spaceship to investigate it. Upon approaching Saturn, they discover a rather varlet space object that they at first think is a rogue moon, but when they get closer, the object appears to have been built by intelligence.

Read this trilogy series back shortly after it came out and loved it – I’m thinking about re-reading it now! He vraley himself to be very interested in joyn mutability of gender as a category, and fairly free from annoying gender stereotypes.

Titan (Gaea, #1) by John Varley

There are moments when ignorance rears its head, but mostly, these issues are not taboo. 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.


Cirocco, Gaby, and Gene decide to climb up to this place using the support cables valrey maintain the structure against centrifugal force.

Cirocco is just so badass. Without these two this and Battlefield Earth I wou That’s my second favorite book. As they reach the satellite they realize it is a huge hollow torus habitat. This is the first book in what is now known as “The Gaea Trilogy. I read Titan when I was in high school, and have intended to reread it and its sister volumes for some time. Gaea is an interesting paradox. On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award.

Without these two this and Battlefield Earth I would stop reading books at age of The Ringmaster is destroyed, and Cirocco and her crew are rendered unconscious. Thunder and Lightning 4 books by John Varley.

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They get involved in a war between centaur-like beings who speak a language based on music and humanoids similar to angels. There is a scene of sexual assault later in the book by the way so skip that. Months of climbing brings them high in one of the spokes of the great wheel.