Titan or Saturn VI is the sixth moon out in orbit from Saturn. Frequently described as a planet-like moon, Titan has a diameter roughly 50% larger than Luna. The name Titan, and the names of all seven satellites of Saturn then known, come from John Herschel, the son of William Herschel, discoverer of Mimas and Enceladus in his 1847 publication Results of Astronomical Observations Made at the Cape of Good Hope.
The possibility that it might be habitable has drawn recent attention from scientists.
in Science Fiction[edit | edit source]
- Titan was the proximate origin of the "slugs" or "titans" that took over the wills of humans in Robert A. Heinlein's 1951 Cold War novel The Puppet Masters.
- Titan is a winter vacation planet in Robert Silverberg's 1983 novel Thorns, a work exploiting late 20th century social conservative axiety about the biotechnological manipulation of humanity.
- Titan was the initial setting for Arthur C. Clarke's 1976 novel Imperial Earth, in which human settlers have constructed three towns: Meridian, Carbonville and Oasis. There are also references to human settlements on Titan in
John Barnes's 2003 novel The Sky So Big and Black.
- Titan is also one of the settings for Kurt Vonnegut's 1959 novel The Sirens of Titan.