Next up on my reading list is Michael Carroll’s On the Shores of Titan’s Farthest Sea.
This science fiction mystery was published by Springer, in their line of science fiction by real scientists books, Carroll is a well respected scientific artist and science popularizer, and I’ve been intrigued by the description ever since I first read it.
Titan is practically a planet in its own right, with a diameter similar to that of Mercury, methane rainstorms, organic soot and ethane seas. All of the most detailed knowledge on the moon’s geology, volcanology, meteorology, marine sciences and chemistry are gathered together here to paint a factually accurate hypothetical future of early human colonization on this strange world.
The views from Titan’s Mayda Outpost are spectacular, but all is not well at the moon’s remote science base. On the shore of a methane sea beneath glowering skies, atmospherics researcher Abigail Marco finds herself in the middle of murder, piracy and colleagues who seem to be seeing sea monsters and dead people from the past. On the Shores of Titan’s Farthest Sea provides thrills, excitement and mystery – couched in the latest science – on one of the Solar System’s most bizarre worlds, Saturn’s huge moon Titan.
Now, curiously enough – or maybe not – two years ago I had pitched a very similar plot for a novel set on Titan to my Italian publisher, Acheron Books.
The pitch was rejected – but do not cry, dear readers: another plot idea I had pitched at the same time was picked up and the resulting novel will be published in 2017.
And yet I still long for the methane seas of old Titan.
And as luck would have it, two days ago another publisher contacted me and offered a slot in their forthcoming anthology.
It would be for the Italian market, but why not jump at the opportunity of finally writing a Titan-based story for them?
I was thinking about something along the lines of Methane Pirate Queen of Titan – or something.
So yes, reading Michael Carroll’s book will be both leisure and research.
I’ll keep you posted.