This trilogy certainly contains some of the most mind-bending aliens ever conceived. It is a wonderful action/adventure romp through the body and mind of Gaea, a very large alien intelligence who is literally a world in itself.
I recommend this trilogy to fans of boggling alien tech, mind-cramping feats of giant alien engineering, stupendously complicated alien sex, truly original xenobiology and morphology, and Heinlein-like free-love societies.
There are so many original ideas in Varley's trilogy that one has to read them to believe it. If a hippy commune interbred with a graduation of geeks they might conceive something like Gaea, one of the coolest and most gob-smacking aliens described to date.
It also helps that Varley is an accomplished writer who can sculpt realistic and three-dimensional characters. The dialogue is never forced, the sex never gratuitous, the notion that you are in the capable hands of a sci-fi master never absent....Continua