'06 Nebula winner, equal parts Space Opera and Noir Mystery, but that really translates mostly into Future History Archeology, with a treasure-hunting bent, twists and turns, lots of interesting characters, and lost spacecraft and lost colonies. I'm having a lot of fun with these novels! It's pretty much the most fun I've had with archeology novels I've had, but perhaps that's because I just haven't read the right ones.
Perhaps its the fact that the Alex Benedict books are so hard to pigeonhole (Is it far future thriller? It turns out that the future history that McDevitt has created is well suited to this kind of mystery, and I daresay these books would possibly even appeal to readers of contemporary mysteries who wouldnt typically indulge in Science Fiction. And, when the reveal finally comes, reminiscent of the best of Poirot and Holmes, you cant help but feel awe at his vision. It could just be that McDevitt owns this corner of the Science Fiction market; Im not aware of any other authors who regularly write the same kind of thing, but feel free to educate me in the comments field below. Seeker won the Nebula award for best novel in 2006.
My main beef with a lot of Science Fiction and Fantasy is the lack of attention given to world-building. A world is one of THE major characters in a SciFi/Fantasy book (Middle Earth...Hogwarts...Dune). The world of Rimway and the broader galaxy this book presents feels like it could be 30 to 50 years in the future, not 9,000 years in the future!
First of all, this is the most entertaining science fiction novel I've read in ten years, since I discovered the Hyperion Cantos. This is a mystery novel wrapped in scifi and it really works well equally in both genres. The worlds that McDevitt creates are all so believable because they are so easy to relate to. But you should read this book because it is about the human love of discovery.
Nors veiksmas vyksta po beveik 10000 met, nuo ms laik, viskas labai jau primena iuos laikus, keli technologij kaip kompiuterins kakada gyvenusi moni avataros ar tarpvaigdiniai skrydiai (kurie primena tiesiog skrydius lktuvais). Apskraitai veiksmo nra labai daug - daug pokalbi, susitikim, skaidiojimo i planetos planet (beveik vis t juod darb atlieka asistent). Bet tai visikai netrukdo, nes istorija yra visai atskira ir uuomin ankstesnes dalis nra daug.
Seeker is the most original, interesting, and thoughtful of the Alex Benedict novels.
It's a "lost civilization" story where the main characters are treasure hunters looking for rare items from the distant past. Alex plays almost like a minor character, pushing Chase further and farther into the assignment. Chase, the main character of the story, goes off on different assignments in search of clues that could help locate this colony. Mixed in with the mystery of the lost colony of Margolia are interweaving mysteries on how the original clue managed to reach the light of day and a mysterious killer who is taking out treasure hunters.
But on more than one occasion the book mentions that they are probably moving toward a hive mind and that humans will probably evolve to become telepaths. Where is the selection pressure for either a hive mind in the mutes or telepathy in the humans? Are they *all* going to "evolve" into telepaths? 2) The two planets of the Margolians both underwent extreme climatic change (to put it mildly) around nine thousand years ago that must have resulted in mass extinctions.
Thes book remind me of a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones thrown into a sci-fi setting. Alex Benedict, with the help of Chase Kolpath, specializes in finding missing and valuable items.
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.