The explorer by Jack Mc-Devitt. Book
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  • That does not make it less interesting though
  • For a well written book (though not really in my opinion Nebula, Hugo, rather) what it earn this prestigious award make author immediately well known
  • In the novel I found all the gallery known, from those supreme wicked to the manipulated to hurt, from the good-hearted characters to the well beings controlled that remind us of modern multinational corporations

    • by Valentin Bogatu
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      In the native science-fiction landscape, the Irish author Jack McDevitt is almost unknown, he is part of the new wave of relatively young SF authors who have distinguished themselves since 1990. That does not make it less interesting though. McDevitt was a constant finalist between 2005 and 2009 in all the major SF awards and was expected to confer value and to earn himself … something.

      With the “Explorer” McDevitt made a hit. For a well written book (though not really in my opinion Nebula, Hugo, rather) what it earn this prestigious award make author immediately well known.


      /> The book tells the story of a group of interstellar treasure hunters who come across an extremely interesting set of artifacts. Of course, as everything that is old and in small quantity, the artifacts that they find have tremendous value - and this creates conflicts and conspiracies.

      So far, nothing unusual - maybe even normal if we think about the avalanche of books like “The Da Vinci Code” which bury the stalls in recent years. But the characters are extremely interesting and the book catches you.

      First, because it has the correct dosage of secrecy and action - ...


      • that it does not reveal everything from the beginning, not let you wait forever to give you clues. The beauty of the novel lies precisely in the fact that things are balanced - the author gives the impression that the reader discover with the characters what is happening.

        And the characters are really cute. In the novel I found all the gallery known, from those supreme wicked to the manipulated to hurt, from the good-hearted characters to the well beings controlled that remind us of modern multinational corporations.

        Which corporations are not absent from this rush treasure! Moreover, it

        seems that some aliens are involved - and these things are narrated from the perspective of a very distant future that looks into the past. The novel has a special beauty.

        If you expect the epic intergalactic battles or great SF ideas, know that’s not the case. That’s because McDevitt manages to simply write a success story without throwing to fight all the technological arsenal of the classic books.

        As I said once, sf authors fall into two categories - those who are obsessed with big ideas and those who write out of passion for life and characters. McDevitt falls evidently into the second category.




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