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DOWNLOAD á Titan Á 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 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 landscapesAfter long months of travel, the gigantic colony ship Goddard has at last made orbit around Saturn, carrying a population of than of , 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 On one hand, it s better than Saturn At least this time around, we spend the entire book around Saturn and Titan, with a bitexploration into the rings of the former and on the surface of the latter There are essentially three plotlines a robotic probe sent to Titan is refusing to phone home, someone has to go back to rings to verify that they re alive, and it s election season again this time with Zero Population Growth as the main issue The first going into the rings to collect samp On one hand, it s better than Saturn At least this time around, we spend the entire book around Saturn and Titan, with a bitexploration into the rings of the former and on the surface of the latter There are essentially three plotlines a robotic probe sent to Titan is refusing to phone home, someone has to go back to rings to verify that they re alive, and it s election season again this time with Zero Population Growth as the main issue The first going into the rings to collect samples to prove that they actually found life doesn t make the least bit of sense There are arguments back and forth about who is going to go and how dangerous it is But why Couldn t they just use a probe It honestly fills like filler, although there are some hints of something much bigger going on here, since the life in the rings now seems to be view spoiler alien nanomachines hide spoiler which why couldn t they just be different After the view spoiler artifact in the asteroid belt hide spoiler plotline doesn t seem to have gone anywhere, there are at least hints onof a story to tell The storyline about the probe on Titan is actually pretty cool It s a fairly standard unexpected conflict in programming story that comes up all the time in science fiction, but it s done fairly well It s interesting to see a the robot as a point of view given that it s not actually sapient although that s an arguable point, Titan doesn t really get into that The third plotline annoyed me the most though The characters remain remarkably stupid Everyone else is gone, but somehow Malcolm Eberly remained not only on Goddard, but in charge It s a potentially interesting story to explore how bad people can take and hold power through manipulation and charisma and if that s the sort of thing you like to read, you ll likely enjoy Titanthan I did He s just so very unlikable, I found myself wanting to skip large chunks of the book And the entire election plotline really revolves around a sexist women only want babies only women want babies mess Oy It s nice to see Pancho Lane again at least Saturn and Titan together are certainly among my least favorites of the Grand Tour, but if you liked Saturn, you ll probably like Titan as well Onward Reading this one out of order as book 14 Mercury is a stand alone and I wanted to read this one while the events of Saturn were still fresh in my mind.Another good adventure yarn and a lotexploration and scientific study takes place in this book There are several sub plots and various relationships between the main characters and although none of the book was particularly slow paced the last 100 pages were edge of the seat material Overall this book comes off as being on the light, en Reading this one out of order as book 14 Mercury is a stand alone and I wanted to read this one while the events of Saturn were still fresh in my mind.Another good adventure yarn and a lotexploration and scientific study takes place in this book There are several sub plots and various relationships between the main characters and although none of the book was particularly slow paced the last 100 pages were edge of the seat material Overall this book comes off as being on the light, entertaining side of hard science fiction There is some good speculation and ideas, but also some plot holes As with many of the other books in this series, there are a few unanswered questions at the end that could be spun off into additional stories Some of them already may have been as I still have several books to go in the series Classic Bova First, you got your space stuff, an asteroid hollowed to form a space habitat, and flown out to Saturn Next, there s an angry antagonist, two in this book, who terrorize their subordinates and all the people around them I think the main character is Titan Alpha, a rover with the mission of exploring the surface and sending back data Only, it has a glitch and doesn t send any data back view spoiler In the end, it is discovered that Titan Alpha had a bug The decontamination pro Classic Bova First, you got your space stuff, an asteroid hollowed to form a space habitat, and flown out to Saturn Next, there s an angry antagonist, two in this book, who terrorize their subordinates and all the people around them I think the main character is Titan Alpha, a rover with the mission of exploring the surface and sending back data Only, it has a glitch and doesn t send any data back view spoiler In the end, it is discovered that Titan Alpha had a bug The decontamination program was interpreted by its adaptive learning software to override its mission to protect the planet from human contamination, which it concluded would be the consequence of sending back data This conclusion to the main plot s tension is very unsatisfying First, its bad computer science That s just not how computers work The rover even had a sort of inner monologue going on, which would have been awesome if Bova had ever spent 5 minutes flipping through an effing C programming book in his life Seriously Second, and worst of all, it s not even logical, because the guy goes down to the planet to fix the broken rover hide spoiler The subplot is about life in the icy rings of Saturn view spoiler It s alien nano machines But they don t do anything except broadcast a signal saying, there s people here And we don t even get to know why or how they broadcast a signal They don t do anything except multiply under a microscope This raises questions that weren t even considered by the characters in the book, and feels like a giant waste of a cool idea hide spoiler At least there were a couple of strong female characters in this book, two sisters, and some others But that was spoiled by idiotic sexism in the second sub plot of the book, the politics of child bearing view spoiler In a finite space habitat, they have a zero population growth policy Then all the women get together and demand to have babies That one gender would beinterested in reproduction than the other is sexist drivel hide spoiler I understand that this book won an award.What I don t understand is why.It is bad The dialog is frequently jarringly awful, the plot drops through the floor of credibility repeatedly, the cardboard characters behave in obvious plot manipulative ways, and it s repetitive repetitive repetitiveAny novel this deeply flawed will naturally seem too long Here, it succeeds.I don t want to say Ben s a bad writer He absolutely is with this effort, but maybe he got better down the line I m not going I understand that this book won an award.What I don t understand is why.It is bad The dialog is frequently jarringly awful, the plot drops through the floor of credibility repeatedly, the cardboard characters behave in obvious plot manipulative ways, and it s repetitive repetitive repetitiveAny novel this deeply flawed will naturally seem too long Here, it succeeds.I don t want to say Ben s a bad writer He absolutely is with this effort, but maybe he got better down the line I m not going down there to find out, though I ve hadthan enough