The Engines of God (Priscilla

The Engines of God (Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins Series #1)

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by Jack McDevitt
     
 

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The first Priscilla Hutchins novel!

Humans call them the Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues on distant planets in the galaxy. Each relic is different. Each inscription defies translation. Yet all are heartbreakingly beautiful.

And for planet Earth, on the brink of disaster, they may hold the only key to survival for the

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The first Priscilla Hutchins novel!

Humans call them the Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues on distant planets in the galaxy. Each relic is different. Each inscription defies translation. Yet all are heartbreakingly beautiful.

And for planet Earth, on the brink of disaster, they may hold the only key to survival for the entire human race.

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“The logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.”—Stephen King

Praise for The Engines of God

“Splendid. Not since Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama has the discovery of artifacts of alien intelligence been treated so skillfully.”—Baltimore Sun

“McDevitt gives us interstellar archeology rendered with mystery, deftly turned ideas, echoing atmosphere, and steady tension. He delivers a compelling tale with a steady hand.”—Gregory Benford

“McDevitt is at his best award-winning style in this intelligent and wide-ranging novel.”—Kirkus Reviews

Carl Hays
By the end of the twenty-second century, Earth's ravaged environment has become a time bomb ticking down to global self-destruction. Despite the fortuitous arrival of faster-than-light space travel, the search for a new home has so far located only one candidate--Quraqua, a desolate planet scheduled for terraformation within a few months. For interstellar archaeologist Richard Wald and starship pilot Priscilla Hutchins, the looming renovation threatens critical research on the enigmatic alien ruins on Quraqua and its moon, which include a bizarre false city dubbed Oz. Rousing little interest on Earth and facing an unyielding terraformation committee, Wald and his team undertake a last round of life-threatening expeditions to decipher Oz's secrets before they are swallowed forever by an emerging new world. With plenty of startling plot twists, a heavy dose of intrigue, and an unusual amount of character development for science fiction, McDevitt holds us fast right through to a thrilling finish. The yarn's less pure sf, though, than a rousing archaeological adventure transplanted to another star system.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441002849
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Series:
Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
373,950
Product dimensions:
4.36(w) x 6.68(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“The logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.”—Stephen King

Praise for The Engines of God

“Splendid. Not since Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama has the discovery of artifacts of alien intelligence been treated so skillfully.”—Baltimore Sun

“McDevitt gives us interstellar archeology rendered with mystery, deftly turned ideas, echoing atmosphere, and steady tension. He delivers a compelling tale with a steady hand.”—Gregory Benford

“McDevitt is at his best award-winning style in this intelligent and wide-ranging novel.”—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Jack McDevitt is a former naval officer, taxi driver, customs officer and motivational trainer. He is a multiple Nebula Award finalist who lives in Georgia with his wife Maureen.

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Engines of God 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Hymae More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of believable SF novels. I came across this book a few years back and was instantly addicted. The entire series is wonderfully written, always introducing something new and interesting and I highly recommend it to SF fans!
Jo_Kuh More than 1 year ago
My first McDevitt, had heard hints somewhere that he's a fun writer of hardcore space opera. Has interesting broad sweeping plot ideas, and a satisfying notion of space exploration in the not too distant future when humans have recently figured out faster-then-light travel. Hutch Hutchins is a superb main character, a feisty, sharp, funny, highly skilled ship's captain. Engines of God is the first in the series starring her, betcha I'll read the whole set. This is Jamie Dillon, spouse of Jo Kuh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up by accident in a second hand store and was immediately engaged...While I think some of the premises regarding the attractant of the 'Dark Cloud' was specious at best...The book was well written and kept me reading...which is all that I can ask for from a hard SF choice...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great read. Will interrupt your life. If you require concrete endings with everything tidied up and explained, well, you will have to come to the conclusion yourself. That was something I really liked about this one. I've bought it three times, lent it out each time and had to buy it again. Decided I would marry the man who already had it on his shelf, and found him last summer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent! I couldn't put it down and wished it wouldn't end. It had everything: science, mystery, good character development, and carefully detailed thoughts and actions. Very well balanced. I highly recommend it!
DFY More than 1 year ago
SciFi with plot twists like a mystery. The outcome can't be predicted when you start. Seems like the start of a series, I'll try some more of the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book opens up to the world of Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins who is a pilot that ferry scientists from Earth to other planets. There are times when things do not go as they plan and she does her best to help out the situation when needed. Especially when they visit the planet of Quraqua where scientists are trying to recover as much information from the descendents of the planet. With little time, they do what they can but sometimes the best made plans does not come together and Hutch is there trying to do the best she can in what she has.
The_Wolfie More than 1 year ago
The beginning of an engrossing series. McDevitt spins a great yarn, and the hype is right - his writing is as engrossing as the Clark "Rama" series, but more approachable in some ways. You'll find his books hard to put down, and you'll be glad that there are more in the series...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This guy is a good writer but not in this book. I love SF specially hard SF and even more when archeology, antrhopolgy, history, mistery is involved that is why i bought this book, But this story fell short from what i expected. Simple things make a big difference. To start, why pick cities and right angles as the atractors in the story, is this what dertemines an advance civilization? Well if that was the case then i guess beings living in Spherical cities would avoid destruction. IF he would have picked the amount of energy the civilization uses or its electromagnetic output as the atractor for the dragon i would have given it a 5 stars. But.... Maybe this is not his best.. The story as a whole was not that bad, i mean the characters and all... I will try one more book from this author I already picked the ones i will read, it is about an alternative history something i like too..
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Read about a quarter way in and just not much happeming to keep me interested. Plot development is glacial..
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