by Jack McDevitt

Known for combining galaxy-spanning adventures with the genuine novel of ideas (Washington Post Book World), multiple Nebula Award-finalist McDevitt returns to the world of Chindi and Omega and humanity's struggle with its own existence.

  • Series: The Academy
  • Language: English
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Rating: 3.78
  • Pages: 410
  • Publish Date: November 7th 2006 by Ace Hardcover
  • Isbn10: 044101433X
  • Isbn13: 9780441014330

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In his fictional universe there is still more than a little mystery and sense of wonder out there. In fact, Odyssey reads a bit like a future mockumentary. The Academy / Priscilla Hutchins / Engines of God novels were never noted for their frenetic pacing, but with Odyssey the author seems to have (purposely) slowed things down yet another notch. In fact, reading through the other reviews here its obvious that some readers really enjoyed Odyssey. As far as the characters are concerned Hutch herself takes a bit of a back seat in this novel to another recurring character (refer Deepsix). I was reminded of L.E. Modesitt Jr. while reading this, although I have only read two of his science fiction novels (as yet). In the end it's all moot - you owe it to yourself to read some McDevitt, but not necessarily this.

He has a few good moments in a previous novel but he's given a LOT more time in this one, pushing Hutch out of the limelight. Plus, all the newscasts and blurbs surrounding the whole atheism side-commentary WAS ALREADY DONE in a previous novel. Well, this isn't the same as saying I hated the novel. I missed some of what I appreciated a lot more in the previous novels, too.

My only other introduction to the author Jack McDevitt is through his excellent novel, "Time Travelers Never Die" so I was hoping this book was going to be a continuation of the excellent style I was used to. "Not so" say a few other reviewers, who pointed out to this writer that McDevitt has a series and Odyssey is the culmination of such a series starring Hutch, a former space pilot now administrator of the Academy, a space-faring service for scientists and such, and MacKenzie, a snarky, cynical journalist whose 23rd century profession has not changed much in the last couple of centuries. After a few hundred pages of administrative angst by Hutch, and her politically motivated boss, there are rumors that the Academy may be shutting down since it has been found that there is little to no life in the immediate vicinity of the Milky Way and that we are wasting our time on the space effort and that we should concentrate on the failing Earth's ecology greenhouse has really come a long way in two centuries, apparently.

Moonriders are basically UFOs. The Academy sends out a ship to see if there are such a thing as Moonriders. The Earth is now interested in the Moonriders and wants to refinance the Academy.

Non leggo un Urania probabilmente dal 1993-94. Ma non frequentavo più in alcun modo questo tipo di letteratura. Dovevano costruire un immaginario che al tempo non era ancora di pubblico dominio. La cosa curiosa è che McDevitt è nato nel 35, quindi in realtà ha vissuto davvero il secondo dopoguerra e la corsa spaziale - reale e fantastica. Cosa che non facevo da Dorian Gray in quarta superiore. E insomma scopro (o ri-scopro) una fantascienza a noi coeva, che non si arrampica troppo con la fantasia, che presenta un futuro anche credibile (se vogliamo accettare l'invenzione del volo nell'iperspazio e il ritrovamento di estinte civiltà aliene). Forse perché nel 2006 Jack MvDevitt inizia ad avere le sue 7o berrette, un po' perché nella time-line della narrazione l'esplorazione spaziale ormai ha stancato l'opinione pubblica e i politici vogliono iniziare a limitare le spese inutili malviste dall'elettorato (nel frattempo, siamo nel 2200 e fischia, le calotte polari si sono sciolte, i mari invadono le coste, la casa bianca per dire è ormai un'isoletta trasformata in museo, la sovrappopolazione - il terzo mondo continua a rimanere terzo mondo - soffoca l'umanità). Però accade che vengono viste delle pallette volanti non meglio identificate.

Fortunately, there is a good idea (only one!) That saves the book. But far too late to consider making any recommandation of this fifth Academy's book. My only advice would be to skip directly to Starhawk or even The Long Sunset, which is maybe the better book of the series.

There's quite a lot to think about in this fifth Priscilla Hutchings/Academy novel; space and religion and society and politics...

In fact, Odyssey is basically a novella expanded well beyond its limits -- which is clearly revealed by the fact that it takes 188 pages to get the main characters to where they need to be (and we knew theyd be) to advance the plot.

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.