Operation Star Wars
In the beginning of Trouble on Titan we are thrown into a very different world than what were are used to. The streets are filled with bizarre people from various religious groups as well with people in intriguing clothing if at all in clothing to begin with. We soon here about this distant war that seems to be all to close to home and people seem to be just waiting until their inevitable involvement. The inhabitants of Triton thought they could stay out of the battle for a while but that all changed when the gravity cuts and people get forced to the ground (pg 31). after this incident while Bron is strolling through u-1 we come across some e-girls complaining about all the war propaganda and their distaste in clearing it up.
This war between these distant people in space reminds me off the cold war that took place between the United States and the USSR as they covertly try to undermine the others power through conspiracy and other secret acts because if real war was to break out among these powers the world surely would never come out unscathed from their destructive power.
This destructive prophecy was proven true when Bron returns home to find Triton is under attack and many are dead or wounded. He returns home he finds his neighbor dead and is fearful for the others. Only after the sky returns and life continues do we discover the fate of the enemy. Lawrence describes the situation perfectly “The people who did that to them, busily doing what must be done for the survival of the species, and so efficiently! without the loss of a single soldier. On either side” (pg 217) They powers at play tried to end the war before it started to minimize their own loss but later on we discover that 18% of the Earths surface is charred as well as 75% of the population being deemed dead.
By shooting and ending the war first they were sparred to be the “winner” but as Bron hears about the actions taken all he can think about is the chanting of the beasts that sums up war, “the mutilation of the mind, the mutilation of the body!” (pg 219)
“Trouble on Titan” Delany, Samuel R.