There is something I really, really like about a mystery science fiction, especially if that mystery comes from a long vanished alien race. I have read this before but purchased this book through a second party at Amazon. Somehow it all fits with other lost civilizations, and possibly with Earth's own future. However, most of the evidence of such intelligent life was the abandoned artifacts, most of which was gone by the time human beings came into being. The best part of the story is the strong female team members. His first novel won the Philip K. With his Priscilla Hutchins series, McDevitt explores the theory that the earth and the entire universe could have once had a vibrant civilization.
I'm just not super anxious to find out. So, this is the first book of series. I can see them on the far horizon. This one was no exception-and as an added bonus it has lots of archaeological and alien mysteries thrown in. I will always be a sucker for archaeological mysteries and sci-fi, so I am ready to overlook clumsy treatments of silly romances if I have a good, brainy mystery to chew on. Clarke Award for the popular The Engines of God. Overall this is thoughtful and intelligent sci-fi.
Again, it's one of McDevitt's early novels, so it's very possible he gets better at it. The characters aren't stock, but they aren't outstanding either the main character develops more in later books , and the point is really to experience alien cultures and try to work out what happened to the ones that disappeared or died out. I knew going in I'd probably be subjected to awful dialog and simplistic characters sigh but I'm a sucker for books like this that try to explain why our skies aren't overrun with happily self-replicating von Neumann machines personally, I like Alistair Reynold's answer: there's a vast cosmic ecology full of predatory machine intelligences that keep each other in check, mostly. The book makes use of a few set-pieces to move scientists and archaeologists toward finding out what those monuments are and what they mean. As usual, McDevitt develops a diverse and engaging group of fearless characters in this book.
It seems that thousands of years ago, when humanity was just picking up sticks and learning how to brain each other with them, an advanced alien race was busy building incredible monuments in the galaxy. Sadly for me, I read book 5 first, not knowing any difference. Fortunately, however, this and the plotting and the focus on discovery is usually good enough to carry the tale over the characters. » » Jack McDevitt Besides short story and novel writing, has been actively involved in screenwriting and film production. The events are mostly interesting, with a highlight including a trip to an abandoned alien space station.
As a genre, science fiction is often full of wizz-bang ideas, but peopled with flat characters that have no personality or character growth. Well, you do get your explanation by the end of the book even if, as I found it, not too satisfying but adequate. Most novels have a predictable tension structure, where suspense builds up to discovery that's always significant. J'adore les énigmes de ce genre, voir les choses avancer et ici c'est totalement le cas. Could have been greatly condensed. But except for a set of footprints on Jupiter's moon Iapetus, there is no trace of the enigmatic race that has left them behind. It's not really important though since I mostly read sci-fi for the ideas contained and this book has lots of cool ideas.
I am eager to read all of them very much. This is an astonishing book, with great characters, a well-written and intellectually-satisfying plot, life-or-death struggles, and exotic environments. The future McDevitt invents for humanity feels rather realistic, with tons of problems still existing on Earth, but there's nonetheless an overriding sense of optimism akin to Star Trek, which I appreciated a lot. I guess there wasn't much regulation, that far afield. La on reste sur ce qu'il c'est passé lors de la rencontre de ces deux peuples et les conséquences. Of course, things work out a bit different than planned and the story races ahead.
However, before the assassin can finish them off, the two bold travelers find out the truth about the legendary colony established by the lost spaceship. The ambiance is also flawed. However, finding and excavating those alien ruins, in unpredictable and deadly habitats, is difficult and perilous. The Engines of God is one of his earliest novels, and it showcases what I love about science fiction, and what I hate. C'est dans les ruines d'un temple très prometteur que les archéologues espèrent trouver leur pierre de rosette qui leur permettraient d'enfin lire le langage en question et comprendre cette énigme.
Humans have spread to other star systems, but generally not found a lot of Earth-like planets, and those they have found are already inhabited. At the same time, explorers have discovered one, then many statues on other planets that appear to be monuments to one if not several alien races. The lack of characterization is typical for science fiction, so I was willing to overlook it. The novel starts off with a tense episode on a long-uninhabited alien planet, involving a confrontation between the archaeologist heroes and an impatient terraforming company waiting to begin their work on that world. Scattered throughout the galaxy are alien relics left behind by beings known only as the Monument Makers, and the secret of their origin may herald a terrifying future disaster for mankind. Somehow it all fits with other lost civilizations, and possibly with Earth's own future. Instead, his suspense sometimes leads to nothing, and the timings of discoveries can be erratic and unpredictable.
However, try as they might they are unable to find any trace of the remains of the people that once lived on these planets. The plot is certainly engaging, and well laid out. Then a team of scientists working on a dead world discover an ominous new image of the Monument-Makers. A satellite finds a gigantic statue that seems to be of an alien with writings on its surface that did not correlate with any of the languages on Earth. The language is for the most part indecipherable, and archeologists continue to try to find out who left the monuments as well as what happened to the race or races that left them behind. Mi primera incursión en los libros de Jack McDevitt ha sido una absoluta decepción. A handful of intelligent alien races have been discovered, but all are primitive compared to humanity.
This seemed to be intentional, but it detracted from the sense of awe that should have been engendered. Starships are flying, but everything else is either pretty much unchanged, science fiction boilerplate, or just plain undescribed. It just felt superfluous, an attempt to include some action and tragedy , when I was perfectly enthralled by the slow, leisurely uncovering of clues in dig sites and abandoned alien structures. Great fun, and I'm so thrilled to know there's 6 more books in this series! I picked up a copy of The Engines of God at a library booksale for 50 cents so I can't complain too vociferously. They are, in order, as follows: The Engines of God, Deepsix, Chindi, Omega, Odyssey, and Cauldron.