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In 2005, the robotic probe “Huygens” lands on Saturn’s moon Titan. 40 years later, a radio telescope receives signals from the far away moon that can only come from the long forgotten lander. At the same time, an expedition returns from neighbouring moon Enceladus. The crew lands on Titan and finds a dangerous secret that risks their return to Earth. Meanwhile, on Enceladu In 2005, the robotic probe “Huygens” lands on Saturn’s moon Titan. 40 years later, a radio telescope receives signals from the far away moon that can only come from the long forgotten lander. At the same time, an expedition returns from neighbouring moon Enceladus. The crew lands on Titan and finds a dangerous secret that risks their return to Earth. Meanwhile, on Enceladus a deathly race has started that nobody thought was possible. And its outcome can only be decided by the astronauts that are stuck on Titan. The Titan Probe is a stand-alone novel that follows the events from The Enceladus Mission.


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In 2005, the robotic probe “Huygens” lands on Saturn’s moon Titan. 40 years later, a radio telescope receives signals from the far away moon that can only come from the long forgotten lander. At the same time, an expedition returns from neighbouring moon Enceladus. The crew lands on Titan and finds a dangerous secret that risks their return to Earth. Meanwhile, on Enceladu In 2005, the robotic probe “Huygens” lands on Saturn’s moon Titan. 40 years later, a radio telescope receives signals from the far away moon that can only come from the long forgotten lander. At the same time, an expedition returns from neighbouring moon Enceladus. The crew lands on Titan and finds a dangerous secret that risks their return to Earth. Meanwhile, on Enceladus a deathly race has started that nobody thought was possible. And its outcome can only be decided by the astronauts that are stuck on Titan. The Titan Probe is a stand-alone novel that follows the events from The Enceladus Mission.

30 review for The Titan Probe: Hard Science Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Walker

    Good, solid read. A couple new characters, some new drama, some new scenarios. I enjoyed this one. If that sounds a bit too positive for a 3-star review, well. There was one GLARING fault in the book that drove me up a wall. Two, actually. SPOILERS AHEAD. First, the scientist on earth has NO IDEA that his son is in space?!?!? I mean, I can understand estranged dads, etc., but seriously? Super-awesome space pioneers of international missions to meet new lifeforms tend to be well-known. The fact t Good, solid read. A couple new characters, some new drama, some new scenarios. I enjoyed this one. If that sounds a bit too positive for a 3-star review, well. There was one GLARING fault in the book that drove me up a wall. Two, actually. SPOILERS AHEAD. First, the scientist on earth has NO IDEA that his son is in space?!?!? I mean, I can understand estranged dads, etc., but seriously? Super-awesome space pioneers of international missions to meet new lifeforms tend to be well-known. The fact that somehow this astronomer doesn't know that his son is in space seems . . . a little far-fetched. The bigger fault, however, is the "back-from-the-dead" character reviving the author does, where the guy who comes back doesn't even know how he survived the 48 hours he lay, exposed, with a broken visor on an ice planet. There's some vague hint that the Enceladus Entity saved him, but nothing is ever explained. Drove me bonkers. Anyways, this is seriously a good book, but a couple major omissions keep it from going on the all-time list.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ron Clayton

    The story picks up from The Enceladus Mission and had mee on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to .... evolve. Fascinating answers to whether there is life elsewhere!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gordon Harris

    It Keeps Getting Better I read this book as a continuation of my quest to see how truly alien intelligences could be described without falling into the anthropomorphic trap. This book succeeded well! I won't spoil it by explaining how, but to recommend that anyone who wants to read a wonderful series should read this one. What trip it was to the surface of Titan and back to Enceladus of the previous volume! And what an ending! It Keeps Getting Better I read this book as a continuation of my quest to see how truly alien intelligences could be described without falling into the anthropomorphic trap. This book succeeded well! I won't spoil it by explaining how, but to recommend that anyone who wants to read a wonderful series should read this one. What trip it was to the surface of Titan and back to Enceladus of the previous volume! And what an ending!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Charl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I can't do it. I just can't do it. There are simply too many questions left dangling. Marchenko's ALIVE? Okay, obviously, the Enceladus lifeform somehow reanimated him (a life form it has NO previous experience with or knowledge of), but Morris leaves this dangling for far too long. We FINALLY got a hint to confirm this, but it's another implausibility; the lifeform patched Marchenko's visor with water ice. Which might be possible, since at the surface temperatures of Enceladus, water ice is "as I can't do it. I just can't do it. There are simply too many questions left dangling. Marchenko's ALIVE? Okay, obviously, the Enceladus lifeform somehow reanimated him (a life form it has NO previous experience with or knowledge of), but Morris leaves this dangling for far too long. We FINALLY got a hint to confirm this, but it's another implausibility; the lifeform patched Marchenko's visor with water ice. Which might be possible, since at the surface temperatures of Enceladus, water ice is "as hard as iron". But why didn't the suit heaters melt the ice from the inside? Would the patch really have stayed cold enough all the way through to prevent that? Again, I have question this. Marchenko enters Valkyrie through the emergency exit, making a big point about letting out the internal atmosphere. And that it can't restore atmosphere after that until Marchenko closes the inner suitport hatches, that Martin and Jianying left open when they left the ship. But if they left the inner suitport hatches open when they opened the outer ones, why didn't the atmosphere escape then? Then he repairs his visor (admittedly temporarily) with a clear plastic report cover? A flat piece of plastic on the curved surfaces of his visor/helmet? I challenge Morris to try the same and make it airtight. Morris also mentions that the suits run at a full atmosphere internal pressure, so it would be even harder to fix the visor. Not to mention he made a point in Enceladus Mission that the suits run at LOW pressure, that's why the crew has to prebreathe before making EVAs. And when he leaves the ship again through the emergency escape, I assume the atmosphere escaped again. So how can he immediately remove his suit when he returns? Doesn't he at least have to wait for it to re-pressurize? (And just how many times can it do that?) He also keeps talking about "walking" in Enceladus' gravity of 1/84th Gee. That's 0.011G. He mentions in EM that you can't "walk" in gravity that low, it's more like moving in freefall, but here he keeps describing Marchenko as "walking". And Marchenko's going to cobble together an ammonia-based thermal power generator? The self-professed non-scientist? I think that's awfully optimistic. Mark Watney pulls off similar feats in The Martian, but he's an engineer by training. Marchenko's a medical doctor. The last straw was when he found a dead rat while retrieving the pipe to make the generator. Really? A dead rat? Morris tries to blow it off as somehow it got in during the test runs or while it was being transported on Earth, but I just don't buy it. I can't believe any credible space agency would be that careless. (Maybe I'm being optimistic, but that's still why I reject it.) So I'm done. I really tried to get through these books because I want to read the overall story, but I can't. There are just too many contradictions, implausibilities and "Oh, come ON!"s. My suspension of disbelief is completely shattered, and I'm done. Maybe some of these problems are explained satisfactorily later in the story, but in my case, Morris waited too long to do so.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beau

    Wow, this is unusual. I gave 2 stars to the first book in this series, and 4 stars here. Why? Because this time two things seemed lots better. The first thing, I didn't feel like so much of my time was spent reading about how the room was decorated or how the ship was constructed as I did in the first book. Sure, those things are important, but let's make it quick! I have characters to follow! And that's the second thing. I cared about the characters. In the first book I found Martin to be pretty Wow, this is unusual. I gave 2 stars to the first book in this series, and 4 stars here. Why? Because this time two things seemed lots better. The first thing, I didn't feel like so much of my time was spent reading about how the room was decorated or how the ship was constructed as I did in the first book. Sure, those things are important, but let's make it quick! I have characters to follow! And that's the second thing. I cared about the characters. In the first book I found Martin to be pretty short on emotions. Kind of like a cross between Mr Spock and an android. In this one I found him to be much more interesting, because of how he dealt with his father and his girlfriend. I felt like they threw away the doctor's character in book 1. I mean, they might have said, "We have an infant. We can't risk the doctor." But they never said that, and he jumped out of a perfectly good spaceship. Ouch. But in this book I came to feel like his character was not wasted. In the first book I had the impression that Martin might have a bit of a spark for the other women on the crew besides his girlfriend. In this book it felt like they were all colleagues, and I wasn't confused about where his interests lay. Related to the second thing is that I found the Enceladus sentience very interesting, and after the first book I didn't know if we'd ever get to know it better. This book was very satisfying in that regard. I know that there is still an antenna on Enceladus and I can't wait to see it get used. I'm glad that I stayed with the series. I'm not saying that Mr Morris improved between books. I'm just saying that I liked this book as much as I disliked the last one. For sure I'm gonna read the next one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When I bought and read the precursor to this book I did not realise at the time that it was part of a series. I enjoyed The Enceladus Mission immensely therefore I looked forward to returning to the outer Solar System and visiting Titan with Brandon Q. Morris. Again, a well-researched hard science fiction novel that presents a plausible version of a manned visit to Titan. Morris created a truly alien alien in the first book of the series and he does it again here. I shall not give further details When I bought and read the precursor to this book I did not realise at the time that it was part of a series. I enjoyed The Enceladus Mission immensely therefore I looked forward to returning to the outer Solar System and visiting Titan with Brandon Q. Morris. Again, a well-researched hard science fiction novel that presents a plausible version of a manned visit to Titan. Morris created a truly alien alien in the first book of the series and he does it again here. I shall not give further details away; it is better to read about it in the book. The action is split between the two moons of Titan and Enceladus. We meet again Enceladus' resident entity, which reveals it knows about life on other moons in the outer Solar System. This does rather contradict that it had no concept of other life in The Enceladus Mission. It does give some obvious foreshadowing of what is to come on Io to the reader. Maybe it knew about what was happening on Titan but the meteorite did not drop until the humans arrived? The writing could have been a little tighter here... The science fiction took a soft turn towards the end, which surprised me. I am sure the author had his reasons and I am sure I shall find out on ILSE's stop over at Io on the way back home. A few minor niggles reduced my rating to four stars but apart from that an excellent read for anyone whoo likes their science fiction hard.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ralph

    For those of you who read "Enceladus", you will be re-united with the same great crew of the ILSE as they are sent to Titan to check on some anomalous radio signals. While there, the crew is presented with many challenges and experiences several surprises as well. They deal with many scientific issues as well as group & personal issues as they work toward completing hteir mission. Even though many of the questions regarding Titan have get answered (and several more have been raised), the adventu For those of you who read "Enceladus", you will be re-united with the same great crew of the ILSE as they are sent to Titan to check on some anomalous radio signals. While there, the crew is presented with many challenges and experiences several surprises as well. They deal with many scientific issues as well as group & personal issues as they work toward completing hteir mission. Even though many of the questions regarding Titan have get answered (and several more have been raised), the adventure is not over. Apparently, the ILSE is being sent to Io next in "The Io Encounter", book 3 in the series. I am becoming a fan of Brandon Q. Morris. His stories are enjoyable; his characters are well-developed,and, his science is both accurate and interesting. This 2nd book in the series is every bit as enjoyable as the first and the reader continues to become more engaged with the crew. I particularly like Morris' extrapolations that are based on solid science. Morris is truly a hard science writer who also has the ability to develop characters and tell a good story at the same time. A great bonus is included at the end of each of his books where he presents science facts that are relevant to the story. The bonus in this book talks about Titan.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jim Doyle

    The story continues Second book in the series develops the ideas began in the first volume, set in and around the moons of Saturn. The story rattles on at a fast pace leaving you to fill in any gaps on your own - i enjoyed this approach. if there is a downside it is that the book is obviously setting the scene for future cataclysms and conflicts later in the series. The science behind many of the events is explained well and made exciting. the ideas are then used in very speculative and imaginati The story continues Second book in the series develops the ideas began in the first volume, set in and around the moons of Saturn. The story rattles on at a fast pace leaving you to fill in any gaps on your own - i enjoyed this approach. if there is a downside it is that the book is obviously setting the scene for future cataclysms and conflicts later in the series. The science behind many of the events is explained well and made exciting. the ideas are then used in very speculative and imaginative ways to keep the story entertaining; humans flying under their own power; super biological computers; and non verbal communication between species. I particularly enjoyed the speculation on lack of competition and evolution. It has kept me interested throughout and i will read the next in the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Thomas James

    A trip to the moons of Saturn. They say that fact is stranger than fiction. What if you combine the two? Morris does an awesome job of taking actual facts and weaving in an imagined space flight . A positive for me was learning actual facts about two moons of Saturn. This is done in a way that works in with the story of the voyages. I don't know where this is going but a negative for me was falling back on the cliche of an alien entity in a computer system. Oh well, I try to be flexible reading s A trip to the moons of Saturn. They say that fact is stranger than fiction. What if you combine the two? Morris does an awesome job of taking actual facts and weaving in an imagined space flight . A positive for me was learning actual facts about two moons of Saturn. This is done in a way that works in with the story of the voyages. I don't know where this is going but a negative for me was falling back on the cliche of an alien entity in a computer system. Oh well, I try to be flexible reading sci-fi and so we will see Morris takes us.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Olli Männistö

    Worse than the previous installment. Godlike aliens, everyone likes them, right? Also very Star Trek concept of aforementioned godlike alien being able to communicate effortlessly with humans, using telepathy no less. Talk about no common ground, Stanislaw Lem did by far more believable presentation of a truly alien entity in Solaris that exists in a similar frame of reference as the Enceladus entity. There's a little sense of mystery overall to something that should confound attempts to communi Worse than the previous installment. Godlike aliens, everyone likes them, right? Also very Star Trek concept of aforementioned godlike alien being able to communicate effortlessly with humans, using telepathy no less. Talk about no common ground, Stanislaw Lem did by far more believable presentation of a truly alien entity in Solaris that exists in a similar frame of reference as the Enceladus entity. There's a little sense of mystery overall to something that should confound attempts to communicate for primate mayflies existing in a hugely different frame of reference for centuries..

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pat Dant

    Recommend reading the first in the series: “ “. The second in the Hard Science Fiction series. Again excellent on technology and storyline. The second book has a difficult challenge since the first book disclosures all the technology, so it is necessary to more on the discoveries on the moons, which pushes it more into speculative (far future) fiction. I still recommend the book as a great read for hard science fiction lovers, and anyone that enjoys a good solar system space flight.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ed Tinkertoy

    I did not care for this book any more than its part one predecessor. Things just did not add up for me. For one, the doctor, Machenko, was killed in book one when his helmet visor was broken when he landed on the moon. Then book two begins with him pulling himself up out of a crevasse. Then the book gets more weird, to me, as the story progresses. Then the book just ends with them about to leave the orbit of one of the moons. Many have said they liked it but not me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    KHB

    Excellent series This instalment was even better than book 1. I couldn't put it down. Lots of interesting explanations about space and technology. I liked that the book offers alternative ideas on alien lifeforms that aren't the standard little grays with big eyes. Look forward to the next instalment of the series. Excellent series This instalment was even better than book 1. I couldn't put it down. Lots of interesting explanations about space and technology. I liked that the book offers alternative ideas on alien lifeforms that aren't the standard little grays with big eyes. Look forward to the next instalment of the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rick Rider

    This is a good series. Seems well based in real science (but, I'm no scientist. Still, seems unlike overly creative science, and it is believable.) With a well thought out development of characters and plot line. This is a good series. Seems well based in real science (but, I'm no scientist. Still, seems unlike overly creative science, and it is believable.) With a well thought out development of characters and plot line.

  15. 5 out of 5

    PAMELA A. LANGELIER

    Excellent read I really enjoyed the 2nd book in this series. Great story, great characters, and a wealth of knowledge, all in one book!! Love science fiction, but this stuff just blows me away! A must series read. You won't be disappointed. Excellent read I really enjoyed the 2nd book in this series. Great story, great characters, and a wealth of knowledge, all in one book!! Love science fiction, but this stuff just blows me away! A must series read. You won't be disappointed.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tobias Garritt

    Great Hard SF This is a truly brilliant series. So well thought out and thoroughly enjoyable. There is a realism to these books which is wonderful. You feel like you're really there and it could really happen this way. Kudos! Great Hard SF This is a truly brilliant series. So well thought out and thoroughly enjoyable. There is a realism to these books which is wonderful. You feel like you're really there and it could really happen this way. Kudos!

  17. 4 out of 5

    lynn swallom

    On Yes I can only say, "what a fantastic way to bring so much real science to your readers." Because of this unique method of delivery. I feel I've received so much more than engrossing entertainment. I can now look ahead to my voyage to Io. Thank you so much! On Yes I can only say, "what a fantastic way to bring so much real science to your readers." Because of this unique method of delivery. I feel I've received so much more than engrossing entertainment. I can now look ahead to my voyage to Io. Thank you so much!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rod

    This was an interesting sequel to "Enceladus". I thoroughly enjoyed how Morris expanded on the story and, particularly, the turn on Titan. I would've liked to have the crew find out more about Titan but the events fit the circumstances. This was an interesting sequel to "Enceladus". I thoroughly enjoyed how Morris expanded on the story and, particularly, the turn on Titan. I would've liked to have the crew find out more about Titan but the events fit the circumstances.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mario Janusic

    Excellent continuation on the first book! Brandon introduces some very interesting ideas in the plot. Once I finished the book, I immediately started to read the 3rd book from the series, as I am dying to know what will happen on the next journey.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brian Thomas

    Great hard SciFi The science is hard and relevant. I miss that kind of SciFi. Good follow up to the prequel. Probably not so good as standalone.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael Landfair

    Titan and Ensaladus Great and imaginative story set in 2047 about our exploration of two of Saturns. Amazing accuracy and great science. I cared for the characters.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steven Montgomery

    This series, of which The Titan Probe is a part, was excellent. Grabs your attention to the end.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elyse

    OK. Still somewhat novel and interesting; I'll stick with the series for now. OK. Still somewhat novel and interesting; I'll stick with the series for now.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chris M

    Awesome, awesome book. Great read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elton Lormand

    Like it’s prequel, worth the read...

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Miller

    A worthwhile second book in the series. If you like hard sci-fi, check it out!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Enjoying the series

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    Book 2 of this 5 book series was as good as the first book. I'll keep reading and see where this all goes. Book 2 of this 5 book series was as good as the first book. I'll keep reading and see where this all goes.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    The Titan Probe is the second novel in Brandon Morris’s Saturnian series. It is a fascinating exploration into the possibility of intelligent life that differs in chemistry, intellectual ability, and mobility from those found on our planet. The novel’s unique setting more than made up for its lack of developed characterization. Additionally, the author’s afterword that discusses Titan’s history, geography, geology, meteorology, and scenery is worth reading and if expanded might form part of a la The Titan Probe is the second novel in Brandon Morris’s Saturnian series. It is a fascinating exploration into the possibility of intelligent life that differs in chemistry, intellectual ability, and mobility from those found on our planet. The novel’s unique setting more than made up for its lack of developed characterization. Additionally, the author’s afterword that discusses Titan’s history, geography, geology, meteorology, and scenery is worth reading and if expanded might form part of a larger, layman-oriented work on moons that surround Saturn.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

    Well Researched I'm not nearly savvy enough to know whether or not Mr. Morris knows his stuff but I've got to believe he's done his homework after reading this. Really a wonderful sequel and I loved the characters. Not fully comprehending what happened to Marchenko but other than that this was a stellar tale. Well Researched I'm not nearly savvy enough to know whether or not Mr. Morris knows his stuff but I've got to believe he's done his homework after reading this. Really a wonderful sequel and I loved the characters. Not fully comprehending what happened to Marchenko but other than that this was a stellar tale.

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