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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
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
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
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
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
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
(Don't get the impression that because these books are known as the "NASA Trilogy" they're related in any form whatsoever. They vary widely in tone, timeframe, and plot. The world depicted in each nove ...more
That being said, this is one of the single most depressing books that I've read in a while. It completely crushes my hope for humanity. Again, I realize this is a work of fiction, but it doesn't matter. It takes zero imagination to see this as a probably future of the human race. Do not read this book if you want a happy story.
Väsyttävää: turhan pitkiä luentoja siitä, mitä kytkintä pitää kääntää sukkulassa missäkin tilanteessa, miten Titanin kemia toimii.
Muuta: Ikävystyttävää menneen ajan kylmän sodan ajatusmaailmaa, vain Amerikassa elää ihmisiä, muut ovat "vi ...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
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
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
The book did feel too long...but, I think that was a result of the incredibly detailed technical aspects...and, some of the later medical issues were de ...more
Aisde from the slight wrongness that this resulted in while reading this book it was interesting with some fascinating ideas. The book felt well researched with realistic technology, although the epilogue didn't quite match with the rest of the book.