Why does an astronaut, in "Cathedral," sacrifice her life to collide with an asteroid that she knows poses no threat to the Earth? Why does a scientist who's designed an actual working AI in "The Play's the Thing," hide what's he's done? How is it that the lives of two people working at Moonbase in "Blinker" depend on a quasar?
In "Lucy," Jack shows us why sending automated vehicles to explore the distant outposts of the solar system may not be a good idea. And in "Searching for Oz," an alternate history story, how things might have been if SETI had gotten what it was looking for. He describes our reaction in "Listen Up, Nitwits," when a voice begins speaking to us, apparently from Jupiter, in Greek. And in "The Lost Equation," a Holmes adventure, we discover who really was first to arrive at e=mc2.
Jack also provides two episodes, "Maiden Voyage" and "Waiting At the Altar," from Priscilla Hutchins' qualification flight; and an effort by a sixteen-year-old Alex Benedict, in the title story with his uncle Gabe and Chase Kolpath's mom, Tori, who are trying to understand why a brilliant radio entertainer, lost in the stars when his drive unit suffered a malfunction, never said goodbye.
These and fourteen other rides into odd places await the reader.
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About the Author
Jack McDevitt is a former naval officer, taxi driver, English teacher, customs officer, and motivational trainer who is now a full-time writer. He is the author of the Alex Benedict novels — including Firebird — and the Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins series of books — sometimes referred to as the Academy series. His novel Seeker won the 2006 Nebula Award for Best Novel.