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The Engines of God de Jack McDevitt
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The Engines of God (edició 1995)

de Jack McDevitt

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Títol:The Engines of God
Autors:Jack McDevitt
Informació:Ace (1995), Paperback
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The Engines of God de Jack McDevitt

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The Engines of God fits into the same rough style of science fiction as Rama, where the story is drive more by events and discovery than particularly by plot or character. In my opinion, this can be a perfectly enjoyable form of story, just so long as you know that's what you're getting.

The basic idea of this story is that in the future, humanity has developed faster than light travel and expanded to other solar systems. We've found one other current civilization (roughly WWI era; they haven't noticed us) and hints of others stretching back tens of thousands of years. Yet there's something strange: every one of them has sharp discontinuities where the clock of technology is reset.

One downside to this style and for this story in particular is that we only find out roughly what happened to those civilizations in the last 10% or so of the book. As an effect, the climax of the story felt rushed, with no earl impact. I know this is the first of a series and I can only hope they explore the impact of what they found a little more.

So far as characters, this was another weaker part of the story. I honestly don't think I could tell you anything about any of the characters I just read about (except maybe Hutch). Part of that is me--I'm not great with remembering details about people--and part is the same type-of-story thing mentioned above. Still, it's a little weird.

Overall, it's a neat story and in a style I enjoy reading (once I figured out that was what was going on). It was more than good enough to start in on the rest of the series. I really do want to figure out what is going on there. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
For something that claims to be "hard scfi", this novel is awfully soft. Now that could just be a petty observation on my part, so be it. But throughout this second reading (my first was in my early twenties), I couldn't help but think that this was almost a Star Trek fan-fic without the pseudoscience.
Although the Earth is going thru its final throes due to overpopulation and a runaway greenhouse effect, all if the characters seem utterly unaffected by this: they eat steaks and bottles of wine, live in picturesque houses by the sea and enjoy all the fruits of advanced technology.
And the technology doesn't really hold up to today's discoveries where exosolar planets seem more the norm than the exception. The lack of technical knowledge of the "pilot" seems overly egregious. Sending one just one or two people to
pilot a starship without any support staff sounds ludicrous.
And in the end, some questions are answered but the ones that aren't are set up almost cynically for a lead-in to a sequel or three. ( )
  harroldsheep | May 21, 2021 |
Humanity is living on a slowly dying world. 200 years into the future and our world destruction has caught up with us, but that is not what this book is about. This book is about those exploring the universe. After finding alien remnants in the early 21st century, exploration of the near star systems have begun and several civilizations have been located, mostly extinct. And that is the mystery, why are all civilizations extinct?

We follow Hutch, the shuttle/spaceship pilot as she helps Academy teams explore while being under pressure from various directions. It's an ok book, but nothing special. I've read some of his later books and I see similarities. He's borrowed ideas from this book. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
Xenoarchaeology. On a grand scale.

McDevitt really does a fantastic job with vast worldbuilding and mystery when it comes to dead alien races, exploration, and working through the questions.

I'm particularly fond of all the expeditions. None of them are nuts but quite plausible and dangerous and deadly. And not everyone comes back from them. The realism is very nice.

Fortunately, however, this and the plotting and the focus on discovery is usually good enough to carry the tale over the characters. The characters are interesting enough but some of the descriptions come off as either bland or not quite right. The heroic parts and the action sequences are spot-on, while the romantic bits... well, I'm not coming to these books for the romance. :)

Fortunately, there's no outright cringe-worthy stuff here. Just fascinating brainy adventure. I'm looking forward to future huge developments. I can see them on the far horizon. :) You know... like massive catastrophy for humanity. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Intensely dull. Interesting premise with cardboard characters used mainly as deliverers of exposition, and a plot that proceeds at the speed of Brexit. ( )
  being_b | Jan 8, 2020 |
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