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Encyclopedia > Titan (John Varley)

Titan is a 1979 science fiction novel by John Varley. It is the first volume of a trilogy, followed by Wizard and Demon. 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... For the English watercolour painter and astrologer, see John Varley (painter). ...


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The novel deals with Captain Cirocco "Rocky" Jones and the crew of the Deep Space Vessel Ringmaster sent to investigate the rings of Saturn. They soon focus on Themis, one of the moons of Saturn, which turns out to be an enormous hollow wheel - like a space station. Atmospheric characteristics Atmospheric pressure 140 kPa Hydrogen >93% Helium >5% Methane 0. ... On April 28, 1905, William H. Pickering, who had seven years earlier discovered Phoebe, announced the discovery of a tenth satellite of Saturn, which he promptly named Themis. ...

Shortly after the start of the novel, the spaceship Ringmaster is ensnared and destroyed by Themis. The crew is captured and are eventually deposited onto the surface of the inside of Themis. Ariane 5 lifts off with the Rosetta probe on 2nd of March, 2004. ...


1,300 kilometers in diameter, the giant wheel rotates every hour, resulting in gravity a quarter of Earth's. The atmosphere is breathable. The interior is inhabited by a kaleidoscopic array of intelligent species, musical-genius centaurs, flying pseudo-harpies, and enormous blimp-like creatures. The most startling discovery, however, is that the wheel itself is alive and intelligent, calling itself Gaea - and that it's more than a little bit insane. A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer) (symbol: km) is a unit of length equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words khilia = thousand and metro = count/measure). ... This article covers the physics of gravitation. ... Guido Reni, Abduction of Deianira, 1620-21 In Greek mythology, the centaurs ( Greek: Κένταυροι) are a race part human and part horse, with a horses body and a human head and torso. ... In Greek mythology, Harpies (robbers) were first beautiful winged women: Hesiod (Theogony) calls them as two lovely-haired creatures. ... Insanity (sometimes, madness) is the condition of being in some way mentally out of touch with the real world or with normal human functioning, often assumed to be a result of a mental illness. ...


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Titan by John Varley, a science fiction book (723 words)
After an unknown period of time, Rocky and her crew are disgorged into the Titan's incredible internal world - an organic kaleidoscope of a fairyland which they share with centaurs, harpies, angels, mudfish, not quite kangaroos, whalelike things that sail through the sky and other indescribable products of a Disneyesque imagination.
John Varley (1947-) is a US writer of science fiction short stories and novels.
John Varley's short fiction has been collected in The Persistence of Vision (1978) titled in the UK In the Hall of the Martian Kings (1978); The Barbie Murders (1980) alternate title Picnic on Nearside (1984); Blue Champagne (1986); and The John Varley Reader: Thirty Years of Short Fiction (2004).
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