Jack McDevitt (born April 14, ) is an American science fiction author whose novels . (): Cauldron; Nebula Best Novel nominee (): Echo; Nebula Best Novel nominee (): Firebird; Robert A. Heinlein Award winner (). Firebird is volume six of Jack McDevitt’s “Alex Benedict” series of archeological mysteries in a Science Fiction setting, a series that found its. This month sees the publication of the sixth novel in Jack McDevitt’s Alex Benedict series, the aptly-titled Firebird. Like its predecessors, from A.

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He lives on the planet of Rimway, outside the capital city of Andiquar, which is also the capital of political world of humanity at this time, the Confederacy. On my last read, I thought that perhaps these were to be left open indefinitely, extending the series. But all-in-all a good story. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

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His critics have less kind descriptions for him. The ‘B-plot’ actually ends up becoming jafk interesting discourse on how a society views artificial intelligence, whether or not they are ‘alive’ and should count as people. In this McDevitt is pitch perfect; he captures the very essence of the Holmes mysteries and puts sets them in the far future. Inspired by Your Browsing History. This book, like the last one in the series, takes a little different direction.

Some of this may be intentional, as McDevitt uses this book to bring out a bit more of Alex and Chase’s past jaci has some story reasons for making Alex less of a saint.

I breathed a sigh of relief. A case in point is the central character. They grow over the span of the series, changing in response to the actions of the novels, becoming ever more real. All the books in this series are great mcdegitt individually, but after reading the fifth one I did start to think they were feeling a bit samey, formulaic. Sep 25, Pages Buy. Now, there’s an art to doing this and maximizing the proceeds: Alex and Chase of course have to go down to the planet to investigate it.


This development creates potential for their relationship to deepen in the future. There have been obvious technological advances. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

But in the process of verifying the authenticity of the artifacts Chase and Alex find clues that suggest that Dr.

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Imaginative and definitely different I’ve read all of them, and have even preordered the latest one for my Kindle. He and Chase visit Villanueva, a planet occupied only by abandoned and arguably sentient AIs, and rescue one.

The most obvious are: Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies. This one was pretty much what you thought it would be. I am back in for the next book. Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards.

Nov 01, Pages Buy. This novel benefits greatly from firebifd absence of a villain. He actually seems to be is a seeker of facts with a distinct reluctance to leave unanswered questions. I thought, based on the jacket blurb, fidebird novel would deliver some hard science fiction, but the science wasn’t there and the fiction was below average. As a reader, I have said that this doesn’t matter to me much, a day with the worst McDevitt novel is better than a day without any McDevitt novels.

The authorities deny this, of course. The series feels fresh again. His work has been on the final ballot for the Nebula Awards for 12 of the past 13 years. Kept me on the edge of my seat to the last page. Jack McDevitt born April 14, [1] is an American science fiction author whose novels frequently deal with attempts to make contact with alien races, and with archaeology or xenoarchaeology. The setting is 9, years in the future, although you can hardly tell as the culture seems unchanged from contemporary US.


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In this story, no one is hiding anything, so nobody firbeird to kill them. Hardcoverpages. Archived from the original on September 9, There were so many great quotes and ideas that I can use in my psychology classes – about consciousness, beliefs, artificial intelligence. Ancient Shores Thunderbird As always, I enjoy the real or at least real-theoretical, in this case science on which McDevitt bases his stories.

Mddevitt to Book Page. All of these things add up to the best of the Alex Benedict novels. Such books seem to try to shock the reader with graphic accounts of violence or sex rather than entertain them or prompt them to think. Fortunately, the end of the novel offers jacj nice rewards to the reader exhausted by the philosophical discussions, talk show descriptions, Rimway’s socialities, appointments unrelated to the investigation Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

I also like the positive image of mankind in general that it presents.

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