Long before the creation of the angels, avian beings flew the towering vaults of her spokes, looked out the celestory windows, and knew the shape of God.
A Science Fiction Trilogy by John Varley
describing humanity's encounter with a planet sized alien, and the indigenous aliens that live upon it.
In the first book, titled Titan
, a space expedition to Saturn Gone Horribly Wrong
when the ship gets swallowed by one of the satellites and find themselves inside a living planet with a god complex. The crew all get separated at first, and start looking for each other
. They find useful aliens in the form of Smilers, a six legged kangaroo you can eat without killing, Titanides, musical oriented friendly centaurs, and Blimps, living dirigibles
that willingly serve as transports.
The second book, Wizard
, is set some decades later. Some characters return from the first book, but two new cast members are introduced: Chris Major, who suffers from psychotic episodes; and Robin, a witch from an all-female space colony
who has a seizure disorder. Both come to Gaea to be healed, but get sucked into the original cast's plot to overthrow the crazed Genius Loci
that runs the world.
The third book, Demon
, brings back most of the cast from Wizard
. It describes the final war between the human refugees and the Genius Loci
This trilogy provides examples of: