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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One or two of the technological elements are dated, but it’s still quite approachable. The problem for me was that I found all of the human characters boring. I will say that the concept of Gaia was very interesting and some of the alien characters original. At least half of them had this to say: The great hub rotates hundreds of kilometers above them. Views Read Edit View history. There were times when it felt a bit too childish, campy, and kitschy.

Jan 07, Abra rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. Once I discovered them, in aboutI devoured them as quickly as possible, losing sleep so that I could keep reading.

Sex is a rather open prospect on a deep space vessel, both hetero and homo and Rocky and Gaby have slept with all of the men. Sep 21, Charles rated it really liked it Shelves: They get involved in a war between centaur-like beings who speak a language based on music and humanoids similar to angels. I’m sure it’s around here somewhere. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And it’s not all that crazy; it’s actually pretty accurate. Without these two this and Battlefield Earth I wou That’s my second favorite book.


There is nothing really “alien” about the story. It’s got strong female characters and diversity.

Titan (Gaea, book 1) by John Varley

She really is vqrley of a goddess to the planet. And so I did. He seems himself to be very interested in the mutability of gender as a category, and fairly free from annoying gender stereotypes.

A mind that calls out to explorers, transforming all who enter. Cirocco learns about a controlling deity called Gaea from the Titanides.

Titqn of two minds about the end. Titan then takes a splendidly silly tangent by populating said space station with a war between centaurs and angels watched over by sentient blimps.

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A ship from Earth is exploring the outer solar system when they spot something mysterious and as they get closer it is unmistakably an artificial structure. She takes a journey to confront this being. Before they can report this the ship is entangled in cables from the object.

So, I was a little afraid that this might be the same.

After spending some time in darkness, with no idea of how much time has passed for them in that unconscious state, the crew wakens naked, hairless, and separated at first in johnn strange habitat. She acknowledges that she is losing control of herself. Other crewmembers include a doctor, engineer and pilot males and two cloned sisters.

It’s a fun and easy read.

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May 13, Spider the Doof Warrior rated it really liked it Shelves: This epic trilogy was the first thing I thought of when I saw the previews to the movie Avatar and I was so bummed when I realized that I was not looking at the broad face of a Titanide, but another creature from another story. This is book 1 of one of my very favorite sci-fi trilogies. Titan By John Varley – December It had been a memorable journey.


This story challenged gender, race, and sexuality roles. Here are the really cool bits: All in jogn it’s much like much other SF from its era.

It is your fault for making them human, which was a dirty trick. Refresh and try again. While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became Christmas tktan But Varley manages to distinguish his story from those, even while I think deliberately invoking the comparisons.

If we didn’t, why would there varey so many of them? I was already hooked by the Saturn expedition even with the whole 70’s sex focus which got old pretty quickbut everything else surrounding it, even the cocaine addiction, did wonders for getting my interest high. Definitely a product of the 70’s and I found the “free love” aspect of the novel a bit tedious.

After spending some 3. If you are out there somewhere, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. How likely is that? In that collection of short stories, I was awestruck with his creativity and unique approach to science fiction. Jan 10, Jam rated it liked it Shelves: