Titan (NASA Trilogy #2)
Possible signs of organic life have been found on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. A group of visionaries led by NASA's Paula Benacerraf plan a daring one-way mission that will cost them everything. Taking nearly a decade, the billion-mile voyage includes a "slingshot" transit of Venus, a catastrophic solar storm, and a constant stru...more
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The single-election-cycle takeover of American society by a Taliban-esque religious right is lame. It's one-dimensional, lazy, ignorant and unbelievable. He gets important details of American government factually wrong, an ...more
Whilst it's ultimately positive about mankind's ability to adapt to and occupy different environments (trying not to throw in any obvious spoilers here), it definitely takes some pretty blooming bleak routes to get there - this is not a book I'd recommend to anyone suffering any kind of existential crisis.
1) The plan is to go to Titan and essentially set up a human colony there. So they send five people in a small rocket on a trip of several years. Obviously such a small space would send everyone on boar ...more
I'll give Baxter this: he's done his research, and I was continually impressed with his descriptions of a possible voyage to Titan and what landing and exploring this alien world might be like. Ultimately, I found myself feeling oppressed and a bit depressed by the futility of life on Tita ...more
In the early 21st century, the dying days of the space program are in sight. The possibility of life is discovered on Titan, one of Saturns moons. A new NASA director gets the ...more
Overall, the book definitely seemed pretty pessimistic, and that's ok, but then the ending jumped us into somet ...more
Great concept, great story. Definitely a much broader epic than I was initially expecting when I picked this book up. However, the ending was a little strange and the book in its entirety seemed to drag at times. Great read though, defini ...more
There was too much stupidity and not enough story. Way to many important details left out, and too much BS left in. The USA doesn't change anything as fast as in this book. Why does he hate the USAF anyway? Just craziness and laziness. He needs an editor with a firm red pencil.
It is the turn of the twenty-first century.
The United States is dysfunctional. “United” may once again be questioned as in 1860.
The nation turns inward, isolationist. Peacekeepers are recalled from the Balkans. The internet available to the public is filtered into practically nothing. The President is dismantling NASA; American isolationism is cosmic as well as terrestrial.
Agriculture is barely balanced atop the blade of a scythe as the surprise of widespread blight and ...more
On est là dans la grande tradition de la SF à tendance réaliste et scientifique, puisque l’auteur, qui est lui scientifique, connaît très bien la NASA et les arcanes de la politique qui s’y pratique. Ce qui donne du reste une bonne part de sa force et de sa pertinence à ce roman. Mais plus encore ...more
Everything starts in the year 2004, when NASA's Cassini probe detects indications of life on Titan. However, due to the anti-science atmosphere of USA's concervative and closed-minded politics, it is up to a couple of NASA's most brilliant minds to launch a low-cost mission to Titan for further investigation. In lead of those science enthusiasts is Paula Benacerraf, a middle aged NASA technician, astronaut and a g ...more
Titan follows in a similar mold: the science generally seems realistic (and he obviously did a lot of research into the US space program), the story is engaging and interesting (in fact, having reached the last ~80 pages I could not put the book down until I had finished it; it ...more
Then, Bang! When the mission finally took off, the book took off and I still had well over 500 pages before me.
This is, maybe, 4 books in 1. Internally Baxter has divided ...more
It has basically enough technical details about rockets, life support systems and such, to even be called a pop-science book (enough even to bore a techno-geek such as myself!). But even though it shows the ruff reality of spaceflight, it still keeps the reader dreaming about space exploration.
What I also en ...more
Make no mistake, this is no easy read, and there are plenty of points where the book dives into more detail than many readers may want. However, stick with it and it is quite the roller-coaster ride - I found it part ...more
Original review: I'm having a hard time pushing through this. If I had a nickel for every time I rolled my eyes at some lazy assed one dimensional character, or a complete lack ...more
It is said the best way to write fiction is to give your characters obstacles and set-backs. But there's a line between that and constantly dumping crap upon crap upon crap on them. A little more "gee, whiz" ...more
Some of the more far fetched and / or wholly unnecessary elements of the story like the Chinese astronaut and the enemity of the USAF and NASA bog the story down. The last chapter is ...more