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I first read this in November 1998.
Paula Benacerraf, Isaac Rosenberg and Bill Angel and many others play
their parts in America's last-gasp attempt at space exploration - the
trip to Titan. Meanwhile, China is just starting to reach beyond the
This is well-written, really rather good but somewhat depressing.
It's depressing in a number of ways, one of which is its premise
that America has given up on space exploration, and to a large extent,
science. Still if you want to understand what space-travel
is like today, this is the book to read.
I would write that this is a tragic, yet ultimately hopeful, tale of
human determination and endurance, but that is far too corny and would be
giving too much away.
What's it got? It's all conventional technology, except for the
prevalence of "softscreens" and a throw-away comment about
"cruise-viruses" (I can imagine them zooming through the network
slipping under the firewalls). Oh, and aliens, sort of.
Loaded on the 16th May 2001.