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Jack McDevitt

Autor(a) de The Engines of God

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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Obras de Jack McDevitt

The Engines of God (1994) 1,869 cópias
Chindi (2002) 1,395 cópias
Seeker (2005) 1,348 cópias
A Talent for War (1989) 1,333 cópias
Polaris (2004) 1,179 cópias
Deepsix (2001) 1,120 cópias
Eternity Road (1997) 1,119 cópias
Omega (2003) 1,078 cópias
Ancient Shores (1996) 956 cópias
Infinity Beach (2000) 843 cópias
Moonfall (1998) 797 cópias
Odyssey (2006) 795 cópias
Cauldron (2007) 710 cópias
The Devil's Eye (2008) 664 cópias
Time Travelers Never Die (2009) 601 cópias
Echo (2010) 530 cópias
Firebird (2011) 421 cópias
The Hercules Text (1986) 355 cópias
Starhawk (2013) 286 cópias
Coming Home (2014) 277 cópias
The Cassandra Project (2012) 236 cópias
Thunderbird (2015) 219 cópias
The Long Sunset (2018) 160 cópias
Octavia Gone (2019) 148 cópias
Going Interstellar (2012) 82 cópias
Hello Out There (2000) 55 cópias
Village in the Sky (2023) 46 cópias
Outbound (2006) 29 cópias
A Voice in the Night (2018) 29 cópias
Return to Glory (2022) — Autor — 20 cópias
Maquinas De Dios,Las Puzzle (2006) 13 cópias
PREMIO UPC 1994 (1995) 9 cópias
Doorway to the Stars (2024) 9 cópias
Promises to Keep 5 cópias
The Far Shore 4 cópias
The Candidate 4 cópias
Auld Lang Boom 3 cópias
Act of God 3 cópias
Time's Arrow 3 cópias
Tyger 3 cópias
Fifth Day 3 cópias
Good Intentions 3 cópias
Dig Site 2 cópias
Happy Birthday — Autor — 2 cópias
Codice Hercules 2 cópias
Black To Move 2 cópias
Never Despair 2 cópias
Indomitable 2 cópias
Last Contact 2 cópias
Windows 2 cópias
Maiden Voyage (2012) 2 cópias
Tweak 2 cópias
The Tomb 2 cópias
Deus Tex 2 cópias
To Hell with the Stars (1987) 2 cópias
Ellie 2 cópias
Midnight Clear 1 exemplar(es)
The Gold Signal 1 exemplar(es)
Knock Knock [short story] — Autor — 1 exemplar(es)
Strange Pulp. May 2012 1 exemplar(es)
Cosmic Harmony 1 exemplar(es)
Oculus 1 exemplar(es)
Blinker 1 exemplar(es)
Windrider 1 exemplar(es)
Sunrise 1 exemplar(es)
The Hercules Test 1 exemplar(es)
Tau Ceti Said What? 1 exemplar(es)
Dutchman 1 exemplar(es)
Whistle 1 exemplar(es)
Listen Up Nitwits 1 exemplar(es)
Seeker [Excerpt] 1 exemplar(es)
Waiting At The Altar 1 exemplar(es)
Molly's Kids 1 exemplar(es)
Ignition 1 exemplar(es)
In The Tower 1 exemplar(es)
The Eagle Project 1 exemplar(es)
Glory Days 1 exemplar(es)
Enjoy the Moment 1 exemplar(es)
Gus 1 exemplar(es)
The Mission 1 exemplar(es)
Valkyrie 1 exemplar(es)
Tidal Effects 1 exemplar(es)
The Last Dance 1 exemplar(es)
Variables 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (2008) — Contribuinte — 1,555 cópias
Pellucidar (1915) — Introdução, algumas edições672 cópias
The End Is Nigh (2014) — Contribuinte — 284 cópias
Year's Best SF 10 (2005) — Contribuinte — 231 cópias
Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse (2013) — Contribuinte — 187 cópias
Full Spectrum 3 (1991) — Contribuinte — 168 cópias
The Further Adventures of the Joker (1990) — Contribuinte — 160 cópias
Armored (2012) — Contribuinte — 143 cópias
Lightspeed: Year One (2011) — Contribuinte — 139 cópias
Down these Dark Spaceways (2005) — Contribuinte — 136 cópias
The Best Time Travel Stories of All Time (2002) — Contribuinte — 135 cópias
The Year's Best Science Fiction: First Annual Collection (1984) — Contribuinte — 132 cópias
Year's Best SF 16 (2011) — Contribuinte — 130 cópias
Not of Woman Born (1999) — Contribuinte — 121 cópias
Full Spectrum (1988) — Contribuinte — 120 cópias
Full Spectrum 2 (1990) — Contribuinte — 117 cópias
Futures from Nature (2007) — Contribuinte — 113 cópias
Christmas on Ganymede and Other Stories (1990) — Contribuinte — 111 cópias
Alternate Wars (What Might Have Been, Vol. 3) (1991) — Contribuinte — 111 cópias
Nebula Awards Showcase 2007 (2007) — Contribuinte — 108 cópias
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection (1985) — Contribuinte — 101 cópias
Sideways In Crime (2008) — Contribuinte — 100 cópias
Christmas Stars (1992) — Contribuinte — 97 cópias
The Other Half of the Sky (2013) — Contribuinte — 97 cópias
Ex Libris: Stories of Librarians, Libraries, and Lore (2017) — Contribuinte — 96 cópias
Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction (2016) — Contribuinte — 95 cópias
Nebula Awards Showcase 2008 (2008) — Contribuinte — 92 cópias
Forbidden Planets (2006) — Contribuinte — 89 cópias
Time Machines: The Greatest Time Travel Stories Ever Written (1998) — Contribuinte — 81 cópias
Nebula Awards Showcase 2004 (2004) — Contribuinte — 80 cópias
Betcha Can't Read Just One (1993) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias
Wondrous Beginnings (2003) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias
Fast Forward 2 (2008) — Contribuinte — 67 cópias
When the Music's Over (1991) — Contribuinte — 63 cópias
Cosmic Tales: Adventures in Sol System (2004) — Contribuinte — 55 cópias
Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons (2000) — Contribuinte — 55 cópias
Timegates (1997) — Contribuinte — 53 cópias
Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (2004) — Contribuinte — 52 cópias
Universe 15 (1985) — Contribuinte — 50 cópias
Isaac Asimov's Christmas (1656) — Contribuinte — 49 cópias
Isaac Asimov's Aliens (1991) — Contribuinte — 39 cópias
Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World (2017) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
Future Washington (2005) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
The Eagle Has Landed: 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction (2019) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
The Door Gunner and Other Perilous Flights of Fancy (2011) — Introdução — 29 cópias
Christmas Forever (1993) — Contribuinte — 25 cópias
Mission: Tomorrow (2015) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
Exploring the Horizons (2000) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction (2013) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
To Shape the Dark (2016) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
The Best of Jim Baen's Universe II (2008) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 1 • June 2010 (2010) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 1, March 2013 (2013) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Universe 17 (1987) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Extrasolar (2017) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 11, November 2014 (2014) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Impossible Futures (2013) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
StarShipSofa Stories Volume 3 — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Aboriginal Science Fiction No. 55 & 56 Spring 1998 — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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Found: SF: First Contact story em Name that Book (Dezembro 2023)


Although written in 2010 this book has an altmodisch feel to it, especially compared to more modern science fiction.
Book 5 in the Alex Benedict series is not up to the standard of previous entries in my opinion. Set in the same The Jetsons like science fiction universe (imagine a world where everything is modelled on the American way of life, just with more technology, and even less friction, combined with a lot of unexplained anachronisms) as the rest of the series, this book tries to tackle a somewhat bigger topic than the more well-formed entries.
As the first book in the series we are dealing with world changing types of events and discoveries, and it work about as well as using a childs yellow plastic trowel made for digging on the beach to drill a hole in a armored safe or holding back a flood. To me, this universe works better for smaller, more selfcontained mysteries, where the Nero Wulfe-Archie dynamics between the main characters shine.
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amberwitch | outras 24 resenhas | May 12, 2024 |
(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.… (mais)
derailer | outras 9 resenhas | 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.… (mais)
derailer | outras 26 resenhas | 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.… (mais)
derailer | outras 24 resenhas | Jan 25, 2024 |



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