Mass Market Paperback ´ Titan PDF Ú

Mass Market Paperback ´ Titan PDF Ú


Titan ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☀ Titan Author Stephen Baxter – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Humankind s greatest and last adventure 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 missi Humankind s greatest and last adventure 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 struggle to keep the ship and crew functioning But it is on the icy surface of Titan itself that the true adventure begins In the orange methane slush the astronauts will discover the secret of life s origins and reach for a human destiny beyond their wildest dreams.


10 thoughts on “Titan

  1. Nick Borrelli Nick Borrelli says:

    I enjoyed this one a lot but I usually enjoy Baxter s books Titan is the second book in the NASA trilogy Voyage being book 1 and Moonseed being book 3 A great story about finding signs of life on Saturn s largest moon Titan We are treated to a bunch of fascinating science, which is per usual as Baxter likes to show his technical and scientific knowledge quite regularly in his writing The entire trip to Titan was well done and then what happens once the team lands is worth the read in and o I enjoyed this one a lot but I usually enjoy Baxter s books Titan is the second book in the NASA trilogy Voyage being book 1 and Moonseed being book 3 A great story about finding signs of life on Saturn s largest moon Titan We are treated to a bunch of fascinating science, which is per usual as Baxter likes to show his technical and scientific knowledge quite regularly in his writing The entire trip to Titan was well done and then what happens once the team lands is worth the read in and of itself I don t agree with people who say that Baxter s prose is dry and that he has a hard time with characterization I have been enthralled with every book that I have read by him and consider him one of the best hard sci fi writers up there with Vernor Vinge and Gregory Benford My only criticism is there were a couple of times when it was a little slow going but other than that, I loved it On to the next Stephen Baxter book


  2. Lis Carey Lis Carey says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is the story of a manned trip to Titan in the early years of the 21st century, from the same writer that gave us the somewhat depressing, but grippingly realistic and compelling Voyage.Where shall I start With the bioengineered anthrax that only attacks Han Chinese With the ammonia based beings who manage to revive Our Heroes four billion years after their deaths, with their memories intact No.I ll start with a U.S Air Force pilot, acting on orders of an Air Force general, attempting to This is the story of a manned trip to Titan in the early years of the 21st century, from the same writer that gave us the somewhat depressing, but grippingly realistic and compelling Voyage.Where shall I start With the bioengineered anthrax that only attacks Han Chinese With the ammonia based beings who manage to revive Our Heroes four billion years after their deaths, with their memories intact No.I ll start with a U.S Air Force pilot, acting on orders of an Air Force general, attempting to shoot down Endeavor as it takes Our Heroes into orbit to board Discovery and begin the trip to Titan Not only is nobody court martialed for this the effect is to sour the sheeplike public s brief enthusiasm for NASA It produces no bad effects for the Air Force whatsoever, and only minimally impedes the career of the pilot involved.There s an impressively lifeless caricature of a right wing, militaristic, super patriot politician, whose election we re supposed to believe was inevitable nearly four years out When, exactly, was the last time that the obvious front runner immediately after one presidential election was even his party s nominee in the next election When was the last time one of these obvious front runners was elected in the following election He is not given any attractive features whatsoever, and all the characters, both for and against him, treat him like a force of nature Everyone seems to be terrified of him no one seems to consider simply voting against him No other candidates are so much as mentioned Not even the possibility of other candidates is mentioned.One character, Jake Hadamard, makes casual reference to the extension of the Communications Decency Act , which completely shut down the internet until, somewhat later in the book, it is reopened under extremely tight censorship The shutdown and censored reopening of the net is significant for the background of the book, and it s treated explicitly as an extension of currently existing law Now, it might be unfair to expect Baxter to have incorporated the fact of the Supreme Court s June 1997 decision striking down the CDA his afterword is dated January 1997 , but the lower court decision against it was in 1996 Still cutting things unfairly close Not fair to expect him to incorporate 1996 material in a book turned in no later than January 1997 Well, remember, we re talking about the Communications Decency Act of 1996 It only required minimal attention to what was going on in the country he was writing about to note that the CDA was in trouble almost immediately upon passage and unlikely to survive, and only a few lines needed to be rewritten to attribute the post 2000 shutdown of the internet to some post 1996 law.The right wing caricature referred to above, Xavier MacLachlan, gets elected on schedule in 2008 He s a super patriot, as mentioned above One of his earliest actions, one year after the launch of the Titan mission which can t get back on its own it has to wait for pick up , is to shut down not only the retrieval mission plans, but also the unmanned resupply launches This is a popular decision because, of course, Americans are now bored with the Titan mission Can I have a show of hands on who thinks either the decision or the popular reception of it is plausible Remember, we re talking about deliberately abandoning five American astronauts in deep space, while they re still transmitting both sound and pictures.Even though MacLachlan was so popular that his election was inevitable, almost immediately after he takes office parts of the US start seceding There are some border skirmishes, but no real effort to prevent the secessions MacLachlan and crew are far too busy, building up the US military in order to confront America s enemies, the Red Chinese, to waste time on secessionistsUh huh Right.It s not that MacLachlan is a bad guy It s not that he s a right wing bad guy It s not that he s a stupid right wing bad guy If that were well done, I d enjoy it It s that he s stupid about everything, in wildly implausible ways It s that he does the stupid or evil thing even when blindly following the hard right ideology that he is supposed to be completely devoted to would lead him to do something at least different, and probably much smarter Hard right ideologues, having gained control of Washington, are not going to be happily indifferent to various pieces of the USA deciding to secede That s a potential left wing idiocy, not a right wing one MacLachlan s xenophobia is one of his plausible right wing idiocies this indifference to secession isn t It s as if Baxter knows nothing about American politics except that the American political right is Bad Bad Bad And yet this is not the impression I had after reading Voyage, where the politics seemed depressingly realistic It s as if Baxter forgot everything that he knew then, and tried to fill the gap by reading the British tabloids accounts of American politics and popular culture.In 2012, the Chinese decide that the USA is no longer a major threat, and they attack Taiwan The US responds in fact, the secession fragmented former USA makes a unified, fully integrated military response , there s a war, the Americans are sneakier than the Chinese and have better technology the Americans win I had the nagging feeling all through this that something was missing I finally pinned it down Japan The Chinese invade a large offshore island that they claim is historically theres, and no one even mentions the possibility that the Japanese might perhaps express an opinion on the matter Japan is completely irrelevant to this confrontation Sure thing.It seems almost petty to complain about the Chinese being dumb enough to pull the stunt with the asteroid, or to miscalculate and use one that s too big, or to not notice the danger of miscalculating the trajectory I m certain it s petty to complain about a portrait of Generation X that identifies as one of itsproductive members a young man who produces art by gnawing dried shit with his teeth It would be petty beyond belief to point out that we re told that this is his only skill immediately after he s produced an excellent dinner for eight Only the small minded would deign to notice that the noble ammonia beings of Titan, who decide as their world is about to be destroyed by the still expanding sun to seed the planets of other stars with both Earth life and Titan life unlike ignoble humans, who just destroyed everything almost certainly got the idea from the last two survivors of the Titan mission, who deliberately seeded a water ice lake with all the organic material from Earth that they had.I could go on much longer, but why bother Ignore this one, and hope that Baxter gets back to writing far future stories


  3. Devon Devon says:

    Flying to Saturn on chemical rocketstechnically possible if you can find a crew willing to sit in a cramped cabin for 6 years or so, and Baxter does a good job of explaining just how it would get done But even Baxter can t make it believable that we would actually go do it.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 Flying to Saturn on chemical rocketstechnically possible if you can find a crew willing to sit in a cramped cabin for 6 years or so, and Baxter does a good job of explaining just how it would get done But even Baxter can t make it believable that we would actually go do it.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, and though he may be British, Baxter should not be excused from basic research in what is a key plot element It is as if he did his research out of British tabloids.The BIG event you ll know it when you get to it is just stupid Nobody with the technological capability to pull it off would be capable of such a gross miscalculation It s like inventing a laser cannon and then not understanding which end you re looking into when you fire it into your face It s Loony Tunes stuff, and it is THE BIG EVENT around which Baxter s book revolves


  4. Peter Pier Peter Pier says:

    It s strange.You ll have to read first But it has something to learn from and it teaches About the endurance of life Simply read.


  5. Anthoney Anthoney says:

    Baxter, I feel is a visionary, in the way that he builds his stories not in years or even centuries but the stories extends in eras and eons, astronomical timelines, at least the ones I have read including Evolution Xeelee stories While of course the writing is dry and made all thedrier by the hard science and technical details, it is those very scientific reference and details make such implausible plots seem possible, and concepts awe inspiring unlike some other grand space operas tha Baxter, I feel is a visionary, in the way that he builds his stories not in years or even centuries but the stories extends in eras and eons, astronomical timelines, at least the ones I have read including Evolution Xeelee stories While of course the writing is dry and made all thedrier by the hard science and technical details, it is those very scientific reference and details make such implausible plots seem possible, and concepts awe inspiring unlike some other grand space operas that I have not cared to read which presumably use it only as frame or props And details he does get into this book, very richly Right from rocket space shuttle mechanics, launch landing protocols, interplanetary space travel, bio chemistry, extra terrestrial life forms and even their bio mechanics I am not sure what is a serendipity here, discovering the science with the thrill of an action fantasy, or reading science and then realizing that it is a fiction with decent action Some parts and details do get tedious and I had to skim through these, like for e.g the characters trek on Titan for further exploration and survival, every topography and feature described editing these could have saved some pages or quite a lot But the climax is the pay off Stunning and marvellous.PS The Kindle reproduction has some many horrendous spelling errors leading to lot of annoyance, for some reason letter f is replaced by letter t One jarring example Shadows shitted steadily Lolz


  6. Paul McFadyen Paul McFadyen says:

    Serious Very serious As plausible a book I ve read about near future space exploration, with a decent stab at second guessing our species behaviour on THIS planet over the next few years.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.If Serious Very serious As plausible a book I ve read about near future space exploration, with a decent stab at second guessing our species behaviour on THIS planet over the next few years.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.If you can live with that though and the author s obsession with the concept of the soft screen computer which I picture as something akin to a souped up iPad on a teatowel both here and in half his other books , there s much to enjoy about this book and his other near future works Space , Time


  7. Jim Jim says:

    I desperately want to give this book five stars it has detailed accounts of how a manned trip to Saturn might take place in the present day, and how life on Titan might actually work day to day All of this is done in a very readable format However, there are some huge problems countering these.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 I desperately want to give this book five stars it has detailed accounts of how a manned trip to Saturn might take place in the present day, and how life on Titan might actually work day to day All of this is done in a very readable format However, there are some huge problems countering these.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 board crazy And if you re setting up a colony, you obviously need to sendthan five people You need a large living space with a few dozen people at least Moreover, to set up a colony you need people willing and able to reproduce the human race The five people he sends are two men and three women One of the men is an asshole and the other is a complete geek in other words, the two types of men least attractive to the female gender The three women are a post menopausal woman, and two lesbians in a committed relationship So before they even go, you know that there s no chance of the Titan colony lasting longer than these five can live.2 Baxter s hysterical fear of all things Christian is comical He apparently saw a televangelist once and assumes that s a faithful representation of 2,000 years of Christian thought and reflection You have to read it to believe it Tied to this is a complete ignorance of the history of science It s hard to make yourself this ignorant while being so knowledgeable of science.3 Baxter has apparently confused the United States Presidency with a kingship A new president is elected an evil anti science Christian of course , and immediately starts doing all sorts of radical things that would require acts of Congress in the real world, and would almost certainly not be done at any rate


  8. Baal Of Baal Of says:

    Hard science fiction with an emphasis on highly detailed descriptions of launch capability, rockets, shuttles, procedures, life support systems, and a myriad of other things necessary to survive a prolong space flight Many pages dedicated to dealing with shit and piss in space Baxter might be a little bit obsessed The good a fairly plausible with a few major exceptions series of events leading to the sending of 5 astronauts on a 6 year trip to Titan the launch occurs around 250 pages in Hard science fiction with an emphasis on highly detailed descriptions of launch capability, rockets, shuttles, procedures, life support systems, and a myriad of other things necessary to survive a prolong space flight Many pages dedicated to dealing with shit and piss in space Baxter might be a little bit obsessed The good a fairly plausible with a few major exceptions series of events leading to the sending of 5 astronauts on a 6 year trip to Titan the launch occurs around 250 pages into the book, so this is not a fast moving adventure The descriptions of Titan itself are interesting, as well as the survival aspects The far right wing extremist presidential candidate is scary, because everything he says, could have been said by real politicians acting today It s almost like he just stole the rhetoric right out of current news.The bad a conspiracy to shoot down the Titan launch by the US Air Force has pretty much no consequences for those who were involved Baxter s inability to write dialog in a lot of situations was glaringly obvious Two of the characters lesbian lovers who were part of the Titan crew, were never actually depicted speaking to each other It was always an external narrator describing their internal thoughts about the other Wasted opportunity for better character development Then he killed both of them off leaving us with the asshole male pilot.And finally the resurrection of the final two characters why not the 2 others who were also dead on Titan with their memories didn t make sense in this book that otherwise stuck with reasonably hard science There was no plausible mechanism to show how their memories and personalities could have been preserved.Overall a decent, if rather slow and depressing, story about an attempt to reach other worlds, but if you want any solid character development, walk on by


  9. Brent Werness Brent Werness says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I expected this book to be muchlike Voyage the first book in Baxter s NASA series however it was quite different The first book was, in my opinion, a very accurate rendition of an alternate history where NASA goes to Mars rather than build the space shuttle, this book wasof a caricature of a possible future for NASA viewed from 1997 I still enjoyed it, but I found a lot of it just too far fetched to really work well as a story.First, I want to start out with a comment that no o I expected this book to be muchlike Voyage the first book in Baxter s NASA series however it was quite different The first book was, in my opinion, a very accurate rendition of an alternate history where NASA goes to Mars rather than build the space shuttle, this book wasof a caricature of a possible future for NASA viewed from 1997 I still enjoyed it, but I found a lot of it just too far fetched to really work well as a story.First, I want to start out with a comment that no one else seems to have made about this book It starts with a shuttle disaster involving Columbia in 2004 whereas in the real world the Columbia disaster took place in 2003 that results in the grounding of the shuttle fleet This part actually happened Now, on to critiques The main problem I have with this story is that them bringing all the old equipment out of retirement doesn t actually make any sense Refurbishing the Saturn V that sat outside in the elements in from of KSC for decades Modified Apollo capsules for entry into Titan s atmosphere Then to top it all off, when the military wants to shoot down their launch for reasons I never fully understood they do so by refurbishing the X 15 and equipping it with a mothballed anti satellite missile and then having the entire thing piloted by a retired test pilot from the original flights in the 1960s None of it made any sense It was supposed to read as a statement about the backwards motion we ve made in aerospace tech only the X 15 was fast enough to catch up to the shuttle during launch but it just came off as silly and unbelievable.My second issue was with the politics While I again find it slightly eerie how well he predicted the rise of anti intellectualism in the US, the degree was again far out of proportion In his version science in the US is essentially destroyed by when a new Texan president rises to power and institutes laws requiring, for example, that all schools teach Aristotelean physics and that the planets circle the earth on crystal spheres Again it came off as just silly.As I said in the introduction, I took this book as a caricature as I believe was intended of the future as seen from 1997, and as a caricature it is in many ways eerily accurate However, for me the mix of very hard sci fi with all the info dumps on life support systems, low energy trajectories, and Titan weather patterns that come with that territory with this near cartoon politics and mission planning just didn t work all that well It was a little like if Wile E Coyote strapped his ACME rocket to his back to catch the roadrunner and then proceeded to give you a 20 minute lecture on the delta V requirements required to reach the roadrunner who had positioned himself at the Earth Moon L2 point It just doesn t work for me.However, when all is said and done, I still had fun reading it even though it was a bit of a concept fail for me If you are thinking about reading this, read Voyage first


  10. Larry Larry says:

    This is quite a book Not only quite big at 580 pages but a big concept In some ways it s like his earlier book Voyage , profiling a prospective trip to Mars with all its politics and logistical wrangling Titan is similar 2 thirds of the book are about dealings with NASA and the USAF, and then a mission profile to Titan is begun Eventually we get there And when Baxter takes us somewhere we really know about it Good stuff.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *