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Book Title: Engines Of God|
Date of issue: October 1st 1994
ISBN 13: 9780441000777
The author of the book: Jack McDevitt
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 698 KB
Edition: Ace Hardcover
Read full description of the books Engines Of God:This is a "hard science fiction" novel, with a well-defined plot and set of characters. The best thing this book has going for it, is its focus on archaeology, and the deciphering of clues from ancient alien artifacts. The entire story is a mystery, and even by the end of the book the puzzle is only partially solved. This, of course, allows the author to extend the story into sequels. So, this is the first book of The Academy series.
I especially enjoy science fiction books that contain unique, futuristic concepts. But there isn't much of that here. There is a giant space telescope, but there is only a hint as to its true purpose. There is faster-than-light space travel; but isn't that in many other novels? The only exceptional futuristic concept is the ... well, I am not going to add a spoiler here, but suffice it to say, we never learn what it really is all about.
The characters are pretty much one-dimensional, the dialog is not very interesting--almost humorless. If the archaeology had not been in the forefront of the story, the book would have lost all of its attraction. Will I continue to the second book in the series? I am not sure ...
Read information about the authorJack McDevitt is a former English teacher, naval officer, Philadelphia taxi driver, customs officer and motivational trainer. His work has been on the final ballot for the Nebula Awards for 12 of the past 13 years. His first novel, The Hercules Text, was published in the celebrated Ace Specials series and won the Philip K. Dick Special Award. In 1991, McDevitt won the first $10,000 UPC International Prize for his novella, "Ships in the Night." The Engines of God was a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and his novella, "Time Travelers Never Die," was nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula awards.
McDevitt lives in Georgia with his wife, Maureen, where he plays chess, reads mysteries and eats lunch regularly with his cronies.
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