Seventy-five years from now, the human race on Earth is in trouble - perhaps even facing extinction - because of the rapid evolution of diseases. A crew of young men and women travel to the moons of Saturn to investigate the biochemistry of the pre-life conditions there in the slim hope of discovering something that might save Earth. Nearly half of them have died on the way when the book opens, for they all have incurable diseases, doing most of their exploration with virtual-reality machinery. They race to find answers across the surface of an alien landscape with death close behind... and gaining. Half Life is pure hard SF adventure, and Clement is the best. Half Life is his first novel in this decade and very much upholds his own high standard - this is one of the hard SF novels of the 1990s.
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Really heavy hard science
I liked that it was so densely scientific. I liked be stretched to understand what was going on in regards to the science of Titon.
That the book gave a glimpse into what the future could hold in our own solar system. How traveling and living in space could be like. I also liked looking over the shoulders of the scientist characters in the book.
Another listener mentions that the reader doesn't make a huge difference between male and female characters and that did cause some slight problems, but the author's writing made the characters clear enough.
No extreme reaction, just deep enjoyment. I wanted hard science and I was not disappointed.
My only fault with the book is I don't know who I could recommend it to. It is so densely scientific that it doesn't make for a light read and I don't know anyone who could really enjoy it as much as I did. :)
Science Fiction for the Purist