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Jack McDevitt

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Jack McDevitt (born 1935) is an American science fiction author whose novels frequently deal with attempts to make contact with alien races, and with archaeology or xenoarchaeology. He attended La Salle University, where a short story of his won the annual Freshman Short Story Contest and was näytä lisää published in the school's literary magazine, Four Quarters. He received a Master's degree in literature from Wesleyan University in 1971. Before becoming a full-time author, he was an English teacher, naval officer, Philadelphia taxi driver, customs officer and motivational trainer. His first published story was The Emerson Effect in The Twilight Zone Magazine in 1981. Two years later, he published his first novel, The Hercules Text, which won the Philip K. Dick Special Award. He won the 2006 Nebula Award for Best Novel for Seeker, the UPC International Prize for his novella Ships in the Night in 1991, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best SF novel for Omega in 2003. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

The Engines of God (1994) 1,861 kappaletta
Chindi (2002) 1,389 kappaletta
Seeker (2005) 1,342 kappaletta
A Talent for War (1989) 1,325 kappaletta
Polaris (2004) 1,174 kappaletta
Eternity Road (1997) 1,116 kappaletta
Deepsix (2001) 1,114 kappaletta
Omega (2003) 1,073 kappaletta
Ancient Shores (1996) 953 kappaletta
Infinity Beach (2000) 840 kappaletta
Moonfall (1998) 795 kappaletta
Odyssey (2006) 790 kappaletta
Cauldron (2007) 705 kappaletta
The Devil's Eye (2008) 660 kappaletta
Time Travelers Never Die (2009) 596 kappaletta
Echo (2010) 527 kappaletta
Firebird (2011) 420 kappaletta
The Hercules Text (1986) 349 kappaletta
Starhawk (2013) 284 kappaletta
Coming Home (2014) 275 kappaletta
The Cassandra Project (2012) 236 kappaletta
Thunderbird (2015) 217 kappaletta
The Long Sunset (2018) 156 kappaletta
Octavia Gone (2019) 147 kappaletta
Going Interstellar (2012) 82 kappaletta
Hello Out There (2000) 55 kappaletta
Village in the Sky (2023) 45 kappaletta
Outbound (2006) 29 kappaletta
A Voice in the Night (2018) 28 kappaletta
Return to Glory (2022) — Tekijä — 20 kappaletta
Maquinas De Dios,Las Puzzle (2006) 13 kappaletta
PREMIO UPC 1994 (1995) 9 kappaletta
Doorway to the Stars (2024) 8 kappaletta
Cryptic [short story] 6 kappaletta
Promises to Keep 5 kappaletta
The Far Shore 4 kappaletta
The Candidate 4 kappaletta
Time's Arrow 3 kappaletta
Auld Lang Boom 3 kappaletta
Welcome To Valhalla 3 kappaletta
Act of God 3 kappaletta
Tyger 3 kappaletta
The Cat’s Pajamas 3 kappaletta
Fifth Day 3 kappaletta
Good Intentions 3 kappaletta
Maiden Voyage (2012) 2 kappaletta
Dig Site 2 kappaletta
Black To Move 2 kappaletta
Happy Birthday — Tekijä — 2 kappaletta
Codice Hercules 2 kappaletta
Ellie 2 kappaletta
Ohio Toolmakers and Their Tools (2000) 2 kappaletta
Last Contact 2 kappaletta
Windows 2 kappaletta
Never Despair 2 kappaletta
The Tomb 2 kappaletta
To Hell with the Stars (1987) 2 kappaletta
Report From The Rear 2 kappaletta
Indomitable 2 kappaletta
Deus Tex 2 kappaletta
Dead In The Water 2 kappaletta
Tweak 2 kappaletta
Knock Knock [short story] — Tekijä — 1 kappale
The Gold Signal 1 kappale
Valkyrie 1 kappale
Cosmic Harmony 1 kappale
Tidal Effects 1 kappale
Glory Days 1 kappale
Variables 1 kappale
Blinker 1 kappale
Midnight Clear 1 kappale
Oculus 1 kappale
Windrider 1 kappale
Dutchman 1 kappale
Seeker [Excerpt] 1 kappale
Gus 1 kappale
Sunrise 1 kappale
The Mission 1 kappale
Enjoy the Moment 1 kappale
Ignition 1 kappale
Molly's Kids 1 kappale
Whistle 1 kappale
The Last Dance 1 kappale
In The Tower 1 kappale

Associated Works

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (2008) — Avustaja — 1,546 kappaletta
Ikuisen päivän maa (1915) — Johdanto, eräät painokset667 kappaletta
The End Is Nigh (2014) — Avustaja — 282 kappaletta
Year's Best SF 10 (2005) — Avustaja — 230 kappaletta
Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse (2013) — Avustaja — 186 kappaletta
Full Spectrum 3 (1991) — Avustaja — 168 kappaletta
The Further Adventures of the Joker (1990) — Avustaja — 158 kappaletta
Armored (2012) — Avustaja — 143 kappaletta
Lightspeed: Year One (2011) — Avustaja — 139 kappaletta
Down these Dark Spaceways (2005) — Avustaja — 136 kappaletta
The Best Time Travel Stories of All Time (2002) — Avustaja — 134 kappaletta
The Year's Best Science Fiction: First Annual Collection (1984) — Avustaja — 131 kappaletta
Year's Best SF 16 (2011) — Avustaja — 128 kappaletta
Not of Woman Born (1999) — Avustaja — 121 kappaletta
Full Spectrum (1988) — Avustaja — 120 kappaletta
Full Spectrum 2 (1990) — Avustaja — 117 kappaletta
Futures from Nature (2007) — Avustaja — 112 kappaletta
Christmas on Ganymede and Other Stories (1990) — Avustaja — 111 kappaletta
Alternate Wars (What Might Have Been, Vol. 3) (1991) — Avustaja — 111 kappaletta
Nebula Awards Showcase 2007 (2007) — Avustaja — 106 kappaletta
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection (1985) — Avustaja — 100 kappaletta
Sideways In Crime (2008) — Avustaja — 100 kappaletta
The Other Half of the Sky (2013) — Avustaja — 98 kappaletta
Christmas Stars (1992) — Avustaja — 97 kappaletta
Ex Libris: Stories of Librarians, Libraries, and Lore (2017) — Avustaja — 94 kappaletta
Nebula Awards Showcase 2008 (2008) — Avustaja — 90 kappaletta
Forbidden Planets (2006) — Avustaja — 88 kappaletta
Nebula Awards Showcase 2004 (2004) — Avustaja — 78 kappaletta
Betcha Can't Read Just One (1993) — Avustaja — 73 kappaletta
Wondrous Beginnings (2003) — Avustaja — 69 kappaletta
Fast Forward 2 (2008) — Avustaja — 67 kappaletta
When the Music's Over (1991) — Avustaja — 63 kappaletta
Cosmic Tales: Adventures in Sol System (2004) — Avustaja — 54 kappaletta
Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons (2000) — Avustaja — 54 kappaletta
Timegates (1997) — Avustaja — 53 kappaletta
Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (2004) — Avustaja — 52 kappaletta
Universe 15 (1985) — Avustaja — 50 kappaletta
Isaac Asimov's Christmas (1656) — Avustaja — 49 kappaletta
Isaac Asimov's Aliens (1991) — Avustaja — 39 kappaletta
Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World (2017) — Avustaja — 35 kappaletta
Future Washington (2005) — Avustaja — 35 kappaletta
The Eagle Has Landed: 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction (2019) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
The Door Gunner and Other Perilous Flights of Fancy (2011) — Johdanto — 29 kappaletta
Christmas Forever (1993) — Avustaja — 25 kappaletta
Mission: Tomorrow (2015) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta
Exploring the Horizons (2000) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction (2013) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
To Shape the Dark (2016) — Avustaja — 18 kappaletta
The Best of Jim Baen's Universe II (2008) — Avustaja — 17 kappaletta
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 1 • June 2010 (2010) — Avustaja — 16 kappaletta
Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 1, March 2013 (2013) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 19, No. 6 [May 1995] (1995) — Tekijä — 13 kappaletta
Universe 17 (1987) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta
Extrasolar (2017) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 11, November 2014 (2014) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
Impossible Futures (2013) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
StarShipSofa Stories Volume 3 — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta

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Found: SF: First Contact story, Name that Book (joulukuu 2023)


(2015) A portal to other worlds is found in North Dakoa in the same story line as Ancient Shores. I guess the story is nice to read and I could follow it very well. However, not a very good story as things are just a little too simple for the enormity of what has been found. It is almost as if they have discovered a car that could go 120 MPH driverless. These people should have been either more excited about the Maze, Riverworld or the Space Station. Instead, it becomes routine and ho-hum. Even at the end when they discover that the portal also is a time travel device that shows the ultimate fate of the Earth their reaction is to shut it down rather than be excited at the possibilities.Amazon customer review: First, the praises - this book is relatively free of typos and grammar errors, the language (dialog and not) is tolerable, and the concept is inspiring.On the other hand, the writer has next to no descriptive talent (or maybe just no imagination) - there's very little prose devoted to what a place looks like or what it feels like to be there. That alone is bad enough in a sci-fi based around amazing places, but they also spend most of their time in a place that they're continually comparing to Earth (down to having similar wildlife). One difference they do cite is the color of the foliage (and even that is along the lines of "except for the color of the foliage, this could be Earth"), which is laughable, because if the author actually remembered to mention the color, I did not notice it. So we spend the majority of a book about exotic alien places on either Earth, or a place that looks like Earth except it has slightly different colors. Mind-blowing sci-fi here.The thing that really burned me up and actually had me yelling at my Kindle in frustration was how timid and fearful the entire book was - the majority of the characters are cowering isolationists who can't decide whether it's safer to blow the stargate up or just blow it up. They make wild assumptions about its effect on the economy and the military, and go on and on about the risks and the danger. Hell, one of the main characters is so cowardly that he ACTIVELY LIES to people to avoid going through the stargate because he might possibly be in some danger; he only ends up going because another character accidentally railroads him into it. Every time the book comes within shouting distance of something wonderful and strange, it shies away and hides behind page after page of caution and fear. There are other buttons on the transport network, but the only ones explored turn out to be non-starters. The characters come across actual bloody ALIENS, and then retreat because contacting a superior race might possibly be harmful or even dangerous to the human race. Almost every other chapter is another argument for why the exploration should be stopped. Finally, the characters beat a hasty retreat because they encounter another alien race that happens to resemble a devil...I wish I was kidding.Tantalus, according to Greek mythology, was condemned to stand forever in water that receded whenever he tried to drink, under a fruit tree whose fruit was always -juuust- out of reach. This book feels like that. Page after page of promise followed by retreat and disappointment.Science fiction is supposed to be about showing us new things, not hinting at them and then raving about how they'll surely destroy us if we look at them for even one second. It's also supposed to inspire thought, discovery, and exploration, whereas this book seems to want to inspire the opposite. It made me really angry to read, and I regret the time I spent on it. The author should be ashamed of himself.… (lisätietoja)
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derailer | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 25, 2024 |
(2007) As PW says this is not one of McDevitt's better books. Easy read but that is part of the problem. Too many pat scenarios and things happen too easy, even the end where the ?evil? omega cloud is defeated.From Publishers WeeklySpace opera specialist McDevitt shoehorns two traditional SF plots into his latest Academy novel (after 2006's Odyssey), doing both stories a disservice. Youthful physicist Jon Silvestri persuades the philanthropic Prometheus Foundation to back tests of a risky interstellar drive that's vastly superior to current technology. Soon series keystone Priscilla Hutchins finds herself aboard a newly outfitted ship dispatched to the galactic core, seeking the source of a million-year-old interstellar menace. The cast is uniformly likable if prickly, but no true protagonist emerges from McDevitt's ensemble. Some sections are leisurely, others rushed. Readers see little of the star drive research, and the space voyage is triply sidetrackedto a planet of cheerfully technophobic aliens, an abandoned world with unexpected dangers and a black hole with a tantalizing secretÂ¥before reaching its stated objective, where the threat's origin is summarily introduced and disposed of in the last 60 pages. Despite considerable inventiveness and an enthusiastic pro-space agenda, the story remains superficial, especially frustrating from a writer of McDevitt's caliber.… (lisätietoja)
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derailer | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 25, 2024 |
(2006)Another good story with Priscilla ?Hutch? Hutchins as the head of the ?Academy? that controls most interstellar flights. Sightings of ?ufos? spawns concerns that we are being attacked by aliens. Two incidents imply that this has happened only to learn that it is a corporate conspiracy to build up space defense spending. Then a real attack catches everybody off guard as the aliens try to stop a dangerous scientific project that could cause the destruction of the universe.Booklist:Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchinson's fifth adventure opens with the former starship pilot deskbound at the Academy (the twenty-third-century equivalent of NASA), which is facing catastrophic cuts to the space program. In a media campaign led by Hutch's old friend, acerbic newspaper editor Gregory MacAllister, pundits and politicians alike argue that the program's money would be better spent on the earthbound threats of global warming and disease. Perhaps not coincidentally, humans everywhere from Earth to Ophiuchi begin witnessing repeated visitations from "moonriders" (apparently alien spherical spacecraft), and they prompt an Academy investigative mission. To humor Hutch and grab a good story, MacAllister joins a spacebound team including a celebrated pilot and a senator's daughter. When the moonriders apparently redirect a few asteroids to destroy an orbiting hotel and narrowly bypass Earth, suspicions begin to emerge that the moonriders--and certain members of the Academy--may not be what they seem to be. McDevitt's energetic, character-driven prose serves double duty by exploring Earth's future political climate and forecasting the potential dangers awaiting humanity among the stars.… (lisätietoja)
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derailer | 24 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 25, 2024 |
(2004)Another good store that has Alex Benedict & his assistant Chase Kolpath try to unravel a mystery about the disappearnce of a crew of 7 aboard an observation ship that is studying a nova, leaving only the ship behind.
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derailer | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 25, 2024 |



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