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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Two hundred years ago, humans made a stunning discovery in the far reaches of the solar system: a huge statue of an alien creature, with an inscription that defied all efforts at translation. Now, as faster-than-light drive opens the stars to exploration, humans are finding other relics of the race they call the Monument-Makers - each different, and each… See more details below

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Two hundred years ago, humans made a stunning discovery in the far reaches of the solar system: a huge statue of an alien creature, with an inscription that defied all efforts at translation. Now, as faster-than-light drive opens the stars to exploration, humans are finding other relics of the race they call the Monument-Makers - each different, and each heartbreakingly beautiful. But except for a set of footprints on Jupiter's moon Iapetus, there is no trace of the enigmatic race that has left them behind. Then a team of scientists working on a dead world discover an ominous new image of the Monument-Makers. Somehow it all fits with other lost civilizations, and possibly with Earth's own future. And distant past. But Earth itself is on the brink of ecological disaster - there is no time to search for answers. Even to a question that may hold the key to survival for the entire human race...

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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.
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441000777
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Series:
Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins Series, #1
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.36(d)

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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

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