For unknown reasons not available on Kindle -- like a great deal of fine American science fiction -- so I had to find space on a shelf for the book when it came to getting hold of a replacement copy (mine got ruined in a leak). In fact this trilogy of novels is becoming difficult to get hold of in the new format, which is a shame, because it showcases a writer at the height of his abilities.
A lot of Varley's ideas were seen at the time as "revolutionary hedonism" and because SF of the 70s, and perhaps into the early 80s, tended to embrace anything remotely new or alternative, he got away with a lot of stuff that today might be seen as un-pc, or even a little disgusting and outrageous, especially concerning the "recreational reproductive" habits of youthful humans. How times change! Of course what's important is the writing itself, which is smooth and flowing and on the verge of humour but not quite breaking into comedy.
The concept of "Titan", used for all three volumes of the trilogy, was somewhat psychedelic in its time, and the only downside is that Varley gets incredibly self-indulgent on occasion, going into needlessly extensive dialogues and descriptions. That puts him nicely among his peers of today (the twenty first century), so in that respect he was ahead of the competition when this was written, 1980.
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F. M. Havicon
Still very enjoyable, despite changing tastes and the emergence of political correctness.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 July 2015
Dr. Erik Maronde
Gute Fortsetzung, klein bischen langatmigReviewed in Germany on 16 February 2016
Nach dem hochgelobten Roman GAIA von John Varley, dem man nicht anmerkt, dass 1979 (!!) erstveröffentlicht wurde (supermodernes Gesellschaftsbild ohne Verklärung der menschlichen Natur), musst ich den Nachfolger lesen und lesenswert ist er, aber nicht soo gut wie machen Rezensenten schreiben. Trotzdem, wer Varley mag muss es lesen! ich werde mich jetzt an den dritten Band (Demon) wagen. Lest John Varley, er ist immer noch aktiv und schreibt gute Bücher (Die Thunder Tetralogie zum Beispiel).
The Main Story is not SciFi...Reviewed in Germany on 9 May 2017
...yet this may be the reason why many people like it so much. To me it is a little too little Space Opera. But a Lord of the Rings Kind of Quest is quite a good read, too, is it not? So just for completion reasons and to see if some space will inflict on the big wheel, I shall move on to the final book.