Titan: Planet Novel #5 (The Grand Tour)
by Ben Bova
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0765304139
Date: 21 February, 2006 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
From official release/information:
After a jaunt to Mercury in the last of his Grand Tour novels, Dr. Bova returns us to the massive research habitat he introduced in Saturn. Filled with a motley crew of scientists, dissidents and religious types, the Habitat/Ship Goddard has now taken up orbit around Saturn and the book opens just in time to watch a robotic lander thump down on the surface of the ringed giant's largest moon. After a perfect touchdown the elated scientists are driven to despair when their creation can't, or won't send back any data from the surface. This event catalyzes the never well buried unrest among the inhabitants and pulls the colony into different directions, just as the tidal forces around them pull the rings and moons into their orbits. But these forces have yet to settle, and in space, political unrest can easily mean the colony's failure. Add in a string of mysterious system failures and you've got the ingredients for an SF novel with science, political tensions, and seriously stressed humans...exactly what we like.
(Source: Tor Books)