I’ve read the book (although with a much more modest cover) and the above artwork does not lie. There’s some seriously weird stuff in DEMON (not denouncing anything, just stating facts…). It’s amazing what SF writers can get away with and call it “scientific speculation,” no?
@Dead Stuff: this is the end of a trilogy that began rather well. It’s as if the author got halfway through book two and, cursing the publishing economics that make payment for the second book in a series higher that for the first, thought ‘the hell with it’. The lady on the Centaur, and, if memory serves, the centaur, are interesting characters – Sirocco Jones is a near-future NASA pilot en route to Saturn’s moons when the gene-mixing entity on Titan gets hold of her crew and starts playing with their chromosomes.
If the British paperback had had a cover like this for the third book, and if it had come out before I read the first, I might not have bothered but, on balance, ‘Titan’ is worth a look if you can forget what comes after.
The centaur’s a bit odd as well. Most centaurs are part human, part horse. But this one is part human part horse, and part different horse. Look at the legs, the front pair are off a racehorse, while the rear pair look more like a plow horse. Oh, and holding that spear like that? Can’t be comfortable..