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Hugo Award-winning editor, author, scientist, and journalist, Ben Bova is a modern master of near-future science fiction and a passionate advocate of manned space exploration. For more than a decade, Bova has been chronicling humanity's struggles to colonize our solar system in a series of interconnected novels known as "The Grand Tour."
Now, with "Titan," Ben Bova takes readers to one of the most intriguing destinations in near space: the extraordinary moon of Saturn which made international headlines last year when the Huygens probe sent back remarkable images of its strange landscapes.
2095. After long months of travel, the gigantic colony ship "Goddard" has at last made orbit around Saturn, carrying a population of more than of 10,000 dissidents, rebels, extremists, and visionaries seeking a new life. Among "Goddard's" missions is the study of Titan, which offers the tantalizing possibility that life may exist amid its windswept islands and chill black seas.
When the exploration vessel "Titan Alpha" mysteriously fails after reaching the moon's surface, long buried tensions surface among the colonists. Eduoard Urbain, the mission's chief scientist, is wracked with anxiety and despair as he sees his life's work unravel. Malcolm Eberly, "Goddard's "chief administrator, takes ruthless measures to hold onto power as a rash of suspicious incidents threaten to undermine his authority. Holly Lane, the colony's human-resources director, must confront the station's powerful leaders to protect the lives of its people. And retired astronaut Manuel Gaeta is forced to risk his life in a last, desperate attempt to salvage the lost probe.
Torn by intrigue, sabotage, and an awesome discovery that could threaten human space exploration, a handful of courageous men and women must fight for the survival of their colony, and for the destiny of the human race.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2006
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765304131
Characteristics: 464 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Nielsen Hayden, Patrick


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Jun 30, 2011

Really enjoy Ben Bova's grand tour of the solar system. I do hope he follows up this particular thread, I'm dying to know more about Saturn's rings

Mar 27, 2011

I thought this story suffered from a lack of a really strong central narrative. Having too many characters doing too many things, and the chopping and changeing between the various sub-plots was distracting. Is this book a 'hard' science book or a 'space opera'? It failed as either. Many of the characters lacked depth and behaved in a stereotypical fashion. It was a disappointment as a book for me.


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