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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.

Published: HarperCollins on Jun 7, 2011
ISBN: 9780062093677
List price: $4.99
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Interesting idea of going to Titan on the cheap, using 80s and 90s technology, but I found this book to be less engaging than Baxter's other similar works such as Voyage and Moonseed. I also found the ending to be weak. Nonetheless the characters and setup were strong and if you like Baxter's other work I'd recommend giving it a try.read more
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Like most of Stephen Baxter's work, this novel is both excellent & depressing.Realistic characters, unpredictable plot, and a believable depiction of colonization of a planet.read more
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So humans go to Titan after discovering life there. All this done using leftover hardware from the STS & Apollo programs.A very good book if quite quite depressing at the end. As always with Baxter the science is interesting and well presented, but unlike normal Baxter I found myself caring for the characters, he seems here to have cracked his normal Achilles heel of being unable to write characters.Spoiler Warning:I just found the end too depressing and marginally improbable and forced to give it the full 5 star recommendation. I can see why he did what he did, trying to give the exploration of space as humanity's only hope of survival and pointing out just how stupid mankind often is, however i think he really did take it too far to make this point and to make this disaster that was the outcome of the mission actually a success beyond anything else mankind has achieved. A good idea, just slightly forced and certainly improbable how they were brought back to life.read more
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Interesting idea of going to Titan on the cheap, using 80s and 90s technology, but I found this book to be less engaging than Baxter's other similar works such as Voyage and Moonseed. I also found the ending to be weak. Nonetheless the characters and setup were strong and if you like Baxter's other work I'd recommend giving it a try.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Like most of Stephen Baxter's work, this novel is both excellent & depressing.Realistic characters, unpredictable plot, and a believable depiction of colonization of a planet.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
So humans go to Titan after discovering life there. All this done using leftover hardware from the STS & Apollo programs.A very good book if quite quite depressing at the end. As always with Baxter the science is interesting and well presented, but unlike normal Baxter I found myself caring for the characters, he seems here to have cracked his normal Achilles heel of being unable to write characters.Spoiler Warning:I just found the end too depressing and marginally improbable and forced to give it the full 5 star recommendation. I can see why he did what he did, trying to give the exploration of space as humanity's only hope of survival and pointing out just how stupid mankind often is, however i think he really did take it too far to make this point and to make this disaster that was the outcome of the mission actually a success beyond anything else mankind has achieved. A good idea, just slightly forced and certainly improbable how they were brought back to life.
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