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The Alex Benedict Collection: A Talent For War, Polaris, Seeker

by Jack Mcdevitt

THE ALEX BENEDICT COLLECTION brings together sci-fi master Jack McDevitt's stellar first three novels in the award-winning Alex Benedict series. Perfect for fans of Ray Bradbury and Joe Haldeman. In A TALENT FOR WAR, Alex Benedict unearths a piece of information with the power to rewrite history and expose interstellar hero Christopher Sim as a fraud. On his quest for the truth Alex will venture into an unknown alien galaxy and face something stranger than he could ever have imagined. In POLARIS, Alex Benedict is determined to solve the mystery of the luxury space yacht that never returned from its interstellar journey sixty years ago. The search party found Polaris empty and adrift in space and now Alex must travel across the stars in a life-threatening mission to discover the truth. In the Nebula award-winning SEEKER, Alex Benedict is convinced that he has stumbled across an artefact from the infamous transport ship that fled a religious dictatorship in twenty-seventh-century America. Alex and his pilot Chase are taken into the very heart of danger on the deadly trail to Seeker.

Ancient Shores

by Jack Mcdevitt

It turned up in a North Dakota wheat field: a triangle, like a shark's fin, sticking up from the black loam. Tom Lasker did what any farmer would have done. He dug it up. And discovered a boat, made of a fiberglass-like material with an utterly impossible atomic number. What it was doing buried under a dozen feet of prairie soil two thousand miles from any ocean, no one knew. True, Tom Lasker's wheat field had once been on the shoreline of a great inland sea, but that was a long time ago -- ten thousand years ago.A return to science fiction on a grand scale, reminiscent of the best of Heinlein, Simak, and Clarke, Ancient Shores is the most ambitious and exciting SF triumph of the decade, a bold speculative adventure that does not shrink from the big questions -- and the big answers.

The Cassandra Project

by Mike Resnick Jack Mcdevitt

Two science fiction masters--Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick--team up to deliver a classic thriller in which one man uncovers the hidden history of the United States space program... "Houston, we have a problem..." Formerly a cynical, ambitious PR man, Jerry Culpepper finally found a client he could believe in when he was hired as NASA's public affairs director. Proud of the Agency's history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future. But public disinterest and budget cuts changed that future. Now, a half century after the first Moon landing, Jerry feels like the only one with stars in his eyes. Then a fifty-year-old secret about the Apollo XI mission is revealed, and he finds himself embroiled in the biggest controversy of the twenty-first century, one that will test his ability--and his willingness--to spin the truth about a conspiracy of reality-altering proportions...

Cauldron

by Jack Mcdevitt

Chosen as One of the Five Best SF Novels of the Year by Library Journal. When a young physicist unveils an efficient star drive capable of reaching the core of the galaxy, veteran star pilot Priscilla ?Hutch? Hutchins finds herself back in the deepest reaches of space, and on the verge of discovering the origins of the deadly omega clouds that continue to haunt her.

Cauldron (Academy Series, Book 6)

by Jack Mcdevitt

Jack McDevitt's Academy series features Priscilla Hutchins, a starship captain, and Gregory Macallister, a cynical journalist, who are both involved with a space development agency whose funds are being cut as Earth's government struggles with the effects of long neglected environmental problems. The Academy's starships find that planets within reach are almost devoid of intelligent life. However, scientists discover a series of extinct civilizations in a pattern that suggests that a menace from the heart of the galaxy periodically sweeps through Earth's star region with deadly effects. The series consists, thus far, of six novels, several of which have been Nebula finalists. They are, in order, as follows: The Engines of God, Deepsix, Chindi, Omega, Odyssey, and Cauldron. From the book jacket: By 2255, the age of starflight is over, The Academy of Science and Technology has collapsed, and the only efforts at space exploration are carried on by privately funded Foundations. Then a young physicist named Jon Silvestri comes forward, insisting that an abandoned prototype for a more efficient star drive is workable. Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins, now a fundraiser for the Prometheus Foundation, Persuades the group to back him, and he Is proven right. The new drive works. The Cauldron, the very core of the galaxy, is now only three months away. At long last, the mystery of the deadly omega clouds that have devastated the galaxy for centuries can be penetrated. Soon, .a handful of brave men and women begin a journey fraught with danger, into the heart of the Cauldron where the truth about the clouds can be found. And Priscilla Hutchins is one of them...

Chindi (Academy Series #3)

by Jack Mcdevitt

The universe has been explored--and humanity has all but given up on finding other intelligent life. Then an alien satellite orbiting a distant star sends out an unreadable signal. Is it the final programmed gasp of an ancient, long-dead race? Or the first greeting of an undiscovered life form?

Chindi (Academy Series, Book 3)

by Jack Mcdevitt

Jack McDevitt's Academy series features Priscilla Hutchins, a starship captain, and Gregory Macallister, a cynical journalist, who are both involved with a space development agency whose funds are being cut as Earth's government struggles with the effects of long neglected environmental problems. The Academy's starships find that planets within reach are almost devoid of intelligent life. However, scientists discover a series of extinct civilizations in a pattern that suggests that a menace from the heart of the galaxy periodically sweeps through Earth's star region with deadly effects. The series consists, thus far, of six novels, several of which have been Nebula finalists. They are, in order, as follows: The Engines of God, Deepsix, Chindi, Omega, Odyssey, and Cauldron. From the book jacket: The universe has been explored, and humanity has all but given up on finding other intelligent life. Then an alien satellite orbiting a distant star sends out an unreadable signal. Is it the final programmed gasp of an ancient, long-dead race? Or the first greeting of an undiscovered life form? Academy starship captain Priscilla' Hutchins and the once-maligned Contact Society are about to learn the answers to more questions than they could possibly conceive of asking.

Coming Home

by Jack Mcdevitt

Thousands of years ago, artifacts of the early space age were lost to rising oceans and widespread turmoil. Garnett Baylee devoted his life to finding them, only to give up hope. Then, in the wake of his death, one was found in his home, raising tantalizing questions. Had he succeeded after all? Why had he kept it a secret? And where is the rest of the Apollo cache?Antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his pilot, Chase Kolpath, have gone to Earth to learn the truth. But the trail seems to have gone cold, so they head back home to be present when the Capella, the interstellar transport that vanished eleven years earlier in a time/space warp, is expected to reappear. With a window of only a few hours, rescuing it is of the utmost importance. Twenty-six hundred passengers--including Alex's uncle, Gabriel Benedict, the man who raised him--are on board.Alex now finds his attention divided between finding the artifacts and anticipating the rescue of the Capella. But time won't allow him to do both. As the deadline for the Capella's reappearance draws near, Alex fears that the puzzle of the artifacts will be lost yet again. But Alex Benedict never forgets and never gives up--and another day will soon come around...

Deepsix

by Jack Mcdevitt

In the year 2204, tragedy and terror forced a scientific team to prematurely evacuate Maleiva III. Nineteen years later, a rogue moon hurtling through space is about to obliterate the last opportunity to study this rare, life-supporting planet. With less than three weeks left before the disaster, superluminal pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins -- the only even remotely qualified professional within lightyears of the ill-fated planet -- must lead a small scientific team to the surface to glean whatever they can about its lifeforms and lost civilizations before time runs out. But catastrophe awaits when they are stranded on this strange and complex world of puzzles and impossibilities. And now Hutch and her people must somehow survive on a hostile world going rapidly mad -- as the clock ticks toward apocalypse for a doomed enigma now called...

The Devil's Eye (An Alex Benedict Novel #4)

by Jack Mcdevitt

Interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his assistant Chase Kolpath travel to the most remote of human worlds and uncover a secret connected to a decades-old political upheaval-a secret that somebody desperately wants hidden.

Echo

by Jack Mcdevitt

Sunset Tuttle spent a lifetime looking for alien species. Twenty-five years after Tuttle's death, Alex Benedict discovers a stone tablet inscribed with cryptic symbols, now in the possession of Tuttle's one- time lover Rachel Bannister. Benedict is determined to decipher its secret-one Bannister doesn't want revealed. Could it be that Tuttle's obsessive quest was successful?

The Engines of God

by Jack Mcdevitt

The first Priscilla Hutchins novel! Humans call them the Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues on distant planets in the galaxy. Each relic is different. Each inscription defies translation. Yet all are heartbreakingly beautiful. And for planet Earth, on the brink of disaster, they may hold the only key to survival for the entire human race.

The Engines of God (Academy Series, Book 1)

by Jack Mcdevitt

Jack McDevitt's Academy series features Priscilla Hutchins, a starship captain, and Gregory Macallister, a cynical journalist, who are both involved with a space development agency whose funds are being cut as Earth's government struggles with the effects of long neglected environmental problems. The Academy's starships find that planets within reach are almost devoid of intelligent life. However, scientists discover a series of extinct civilizations in a pattern that suggests that a menace from the heart of the galaxy periodically sweeps through Earth's star region with deadly effects. The series consists, thus far, of six novels, several of which have been Nebula finalists. They are, in order, as follows: The Engines of God, Deepsix, Chindi, Omega, Odyssey, and Cauldron. From the book jacket: With his debut, The Hercules Text, Jack McDevitt#11;was declared "staggeringly good... an extremely welcome newcomer" by Starlog. Then#11;came A Talent for War, called by Michael Bishop#11;"the best science fiction war novel I have read #11;since Joe Haldeman's The Forever War" Now, in#11;The Engines of God, McDevitt brings us his#11;trademark combination of deep human insight #11;and solid scientific knowledge, fulfilling all the#11;promise of his earlier writing-and moving to the#11;next level Two hundred years ago, humans made a stunning discovery in the far reaches of the solar #11;System: a huge statue of an alien creature, with#11;an inscription that defied all efforts at translation.#11;Now as faster-than-light drive opens the stars to #11;exploration, humans are finding other relics of#11;the race they call the Monument-Makers-each#11;different and each heartbreakingly beautiful. But#11;except for a set of footprints on Jupiter's moon #11;Iapetus, there is no trace of the enigmatic race#11;that has left them behind. Then a team of scientists working on a dead #11;world discover an ominous new image of the #11;Monument-Makers. Somehow it all fits with other#11;lost civilizations, and possibly with Earth's own#11;future. And distant past. But Earth itself is on the#11;brink of ecological disaster-there is no time to#11;search for answers. Even to a question that may#11;hold the key to survival for the entire human #11;race... With The Engines of God, Jack McDevitt has launched himself into the top ranks of the hottest and most relevant authors of science fiction.

Eternity Road

by Jack Mcdevitt

The Roadmakers left only ruins behind -- but what magnificent ruins! Their concrete highways still cross the continent. Their cups, combs and jewelry are found in every Illyrian home. They left behind a legend,too -- a hidden sanctuary called Haven, where even now the secrets of their civilization might still be found. Chaka's brother was one of those who sought to find Haven and never returned. But now Chaka has inherited a rare Roadmaker artifact -- a book called A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court -- which has inspired her to follow in his footsteps. Gathering an unlikely band of companions around her, Chaka embarks upon a journey where she will encounter bloodthirsty rirver pirates, electronic ghosts who mourn their lost civilization and machines that skim over the ground and air. Ultimately, the group will learn the truth about their own mysterious past.

Firebird

by Jack Mcdevitt

Forty-one years ago, the renowned physicist Dr. Christopher Robin vanished. Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies. Now his widow has died and Alex Benedict has been asked to handle the auction of the physicist's artifacts--leading the public to once again speculate on the mystery surrounding Robin's disappearance. Did he finally find the door between parallel universes that he had long sought? Intrigued, Benedict and Chase Kolpath embark on their own investigation as they follow the missing man's trail into the unknown to uncover the truth--a truth people are willing to kill to protect...

Hate Crimes Revisited

by Jack Mcdevitt Jack Levin

Hate crimes-violence aimed at individuals because they are members of a particular group-were once considered the rare illegal actions of a small but vocal assortment of extremists who thrived on hating minorities. No more. In this new book by two of the country's leading experts on hate crimes, published ten years after their classic book of the same name, these most-recognized authorities and media commentators reinterpret this scourge of our generation-hatred based on race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, and even citizenship. In the aftermath of the worst act of terrorism in this country's history-the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001-the authors probe the causes and characteristics of such acts of hatred and, most vitally, their consequences for all of us.

The Hercules Text

by Jack Mcdevitt

From a remote corner of the galaxy a message is being sent. The continuous beats of a pulsar have become odd, irregular...artificial. It can only be a code.Frantically, a research team struggles to decipher the alien communication. And what the scientists discover is destined to shake the foundations of empires around this world--from Wall Street to the Vatican...<P><P> The classic first-contact science fiction novel that launched the career of Jack McDevitt, the national bestselling author of Coming Home--now revised from the original edition, and featuring a new foreword.

Infinity Beach

by Jack Mcdevitt

We are alone. That is the verdict, after centuries of Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence missions and space exploration. The only living things in the Universe are found on the Nine Worlds settled from Earth, and the starships that knit them together. Or so it's believed, until Dr. Kimberly Brandywine sets out to find what happened to her clone-sister Emily, who, after the final, unsuccessful manned SETI expedition, disappeared along with the rest of her ship's crew.Following a few ominous clues, Kim discovers the ship's log was faked. Something happened out there in the darkness between the stars, and she's prepared to go to any length to find answers. Even if it means giving up her career...stealing a starship...losing her lover. Kim is about to discover the truth about her sister -- and about more than she ever dared imagine.

Moonfall

by Jack Mcdevitt

It's the 21st century, and all is right with the world. Or so it seems. Vice President Charlie Haskell, who will travel anywhere for a photo op, is about to cut the ribbon for the just-completed American Moonbase. The first Mars voyage is about to leave high orbit, with a woman at the helm. Below, the world is marveling at a rare solar eclipse. But all that is right is about to go disastrously wrong when an amateur astronomer discovers a new comet. Named for its discover, Tomikois a "sun-grazer,"an interstellar wanderer with a hundred times the mass and ten times the speed of other comets. And it is headed straight for our moon. In less than five days, if scientists' predictions are right, Tomiko will crash into the moon, shattering it into a cloud of superheated gas, dust, and huge chunks of rock that will rain down on the earth, causing chaos and killer storms, possibly tidal waves inundating entire cities...or worse: a single apocalyptic worldwide "extinction event." In the meantime, the population of Moonbase must be evacuated by a hastily assembled fleet of shuttle rockets. There isn't room, or time enough, for everyone. And the vice president, who rashly promised to be last off ("I will lock the door and turn off the lights"), is trying to figure out how to get away without eating his words. In Moonfall,McDevitt has created a disaster thriller of truly epic proportions, featuring a cast of unforgettable characters: the reluctant Russian rocket jockey entrusted with the lives of squabbling refugees; the woman chosen to be first on the moon; the scientist who must deflect the "possum" (POSSible IMpactors) knocked from orbit or witness the end science itself. And at the center of it all is Charlie Haskell, the career politician who discovers his own unexpected reserves of only himself and his country, but for all humankind. Moonfall,is a spellbinding tale of heroism and hope, cowardice and passion played against the awesome spectacle of human history's darkest night.

Moonfall

by Jack Mcdevitt

It's the 21st century, and all is right with the world. Or so it seems.Vice President Charlie Haskell, who will travel anywhere for a photo op, is about to cut the ribbon for the just-completed American Moonbase. The first Mars voyage is about to leave high orbit, with a woman at the helm. Below, the world is marveling at a rare solar eclipse.But all that is right is about to go disastrously wrong when an amateur astronomer discovers a new comet. Named for its discover, Tomikois a "sun-grazer,"an interstellar wanderer with a hundred times the mass and ten times the speed of other comets. And it is headed straight for our moon.In less than five days, if scientists' predictions are right, Tomiko will crash into the moon, shattering it into a cloud of superheated gas, dust, and huge chunks of rock that will rain down on the earth, causing chaos and killer storms, possibly tidal waves inundating entire cities...or worse: a single apocalyptic worldwide "extinction event."In the meantime, the population of Moonbase must be evacuated by a hastily assembled fleet of shuttle rockets. There isn't room, or time enough, for everyone. And the vice president, who rashly promised to be last off ("I will lock the door and turn off the lights"), is trying to figure out how to get away without eating his words.In Moonfall,McDevitt has created a disaster thriller of truly epic proportions, featuring a cast of unforgettable characters: the reluctant Russian rocket jockey entrusted with the lives of squabbling refugees; the woman chosen to be first on the moon; the scientist who must deflect the "possum" (POSSible IMpactors) knocked from orbit or witness the end science itself. And at the center of it all is Charlie Haskell, the career politician who discovers his own unexpected reserves of only himself and his country, but for all humankind.Moonfall,is a spellbinding tale of heroism and hope, cowardice and passion played against the awesome spectacle of human history's darkest night.

Odyssey

by Jack Mcdevitt

To boost waning interest in interstellar travel, a mission is sent into deep space to learn the truth about "moonriders," the strange lights supposedly being seen in nearby systems. But Academy pilot Valentina Kouros and the team of the starship Salvator will soon discover that their odyssey is no mere public-relations ploy, for the moonriders are not a harmless phenomenon. They are very, very dangerous-in a way that no one could possibly have imagined.

Odyssey (Academy Series, Book 5)

by Jack Mcdevitt

Jack McDevitt's Academy series features Priscilla Hutchins, a starship captain, and Gregory Macallister, a cynical journalist, who are both involved with a space development agency whose funds are being cut as Earth's government struggles with the effects of long neglected environmental problems. The Academy's starships find that planets within reach are almost devoid of intelligent life. However, scientists discover a series of extinct civilizations in a pattern that suggests that a menace from the heart of the galaxy periodically sweeps through Earth's star region with deadly effects. The series consists, thus far, of six novels, several of which have been Nebula finalists. They are, in order, as follows: The Engines of God, Deepsix, Chindi, Omega, Odyssey, and Cauldron. From the book jacket: Multiple Nebula Award-finalist Jack McDevitt returns to the world of Chindi and Omega-and humanity's struggle with its own existence. #11;To boost waning interest in interstellar travel, a mission is sent into deep space to learn the truth about "moonriders," the strange lights supposedly being seen in nearby systems. But the team soon discovers that their odyssey is no mere public-relations ploy, for the moonriders are not a harmless phenomenon. They are very, very dangerous-in a way that no one could possibly have imagined.

Omega (Academy Series, Book 4)

by Jack Mcdevitt

Jack McDevitt's Academy series features Priscilla Hutchins, a starship captain, and Gregory Macallister, a cynical journalist, who are both involved with a space development agency whose funds are being cut as Earth's government struggles with the effects of long neglected environmental problems. The Academy's starships find that planets within reach are almost devoid of intelligent life. However, scientists discover a series of extinct civilizations in a pattern that suggests that a menace from the heart of the galaxy periodically sweeps through Earth's star region with deadly effects. The series consists, thus far, of six novels, several of which have been Nebula finalists. They are, in order, as follows: The Engines of God, Deepsix, Chindi, Omega, Odyssey, and Cauldron. From the book jacket: For a quarter of a century, mankind has known about the existence of the malignant omega clouds. Huge waves of deadly energy, they seem bent on destroying any civilization they come across. Now, Earth itself is in the line of fire--though not imminently. An omega is headed toward the planet, but it will not enter the solar system for nine hundred years. Though research continues into the origin of the omegas and various theoretical scenarios for destroying them are suggested, there is no sense of urgency--until a Space Academy ship on a routine mission sends word back to Earth that the cloud has diverted to a previously unexplored planetary system. It is now aimed at a living pre-technological alien society, only the third such ever discovered--and it will reach the planet in a matter of months. Suddenly, the need to turn theory into practice becomes vital, as a handful of brave humans, scientists and military alike, undertake the task of saving an entire world without revealing their existence."

Omega (Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins #4)

by Jack Mcdevitt

A civilization-destroying omega cloud has switched direction, heading straight for a previously unexplored planetary system--and its alien society. <P><P>And suddenly, a handful of brave humans must try to save an entire world--without revealing their existence.

Polaris (Alex Benedict #2)

by Jack Mcdevitt

Jack McDevitt brings back the daring Alex Benedict from A Talent for War, thrusting him into a far-future tale of mystery and suspense that will lead the prominent antiquities dealer to the truth about an abandoned space yacht called the Polaris.

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