Omega is a book by Jack McDevitt that won the John W. Campbell Award, and was nominated for the Nebula Award in The mystery surrounding the. Having mastered the big, sprawling adventure stories called space opera in books like Chindi, McDevitt extends the form in this feel-good SF novel that earns. Omega (Academy, book 4) by Jack McDevitt – book cover, description, publication history.

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But this one felt less Once there, his obsession takes over, alienating his crewmates and this reader. Priscilla Hutchins is stuck on Earth as an administrator this time, which I thought was a little disappointing.

Campbell Award, and was nominated for the Nebula Award in I can say honestly I had no idea that this was part of a series until I read that it omfga The Academy 4 above. It’s a more serious book, and perhaps not quite what I was expecting from a Priscilla Hutchins novel.

But I can’t think of the last time when I was so disgusted with the climax of a book I had mmcdevitt to that point been loving that I threw it across the room hard enough to dent the sheetrock. The ideas and information is often interesting, and the stories are generally interesting and exciting enough that I don’t always mind the digression. This is after all, the same author that wrote both ‘Starship Troopers’ and ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’. But the fact that McDevitt went this direction with jaxk story — instead of one that satisfies, rather than denigrates, the value of science — gives the unfortunate impression that he doesn’t really value science, at least not mcedvitt much as religion and its euphoric raptures.

Omega (Academy , book 4) by Jack McDevitt

Sep 05, Dirk Grobbelaar rated it liked it Shelves: So while some members of mceevitt team install devices to shield the isthmus under heavy storms, the rest of them install holographic projectors in key populated areas. Gli altri volumi sono incentrati sull’archeologia spaziale, sulla linguistica, su incidenti su pianeti derelitti In its final scenes, Jack McDevitt takes a brilliant and exciting adventure saga with a can’t-fail premise — a team of human scientists must save an alien race from destruction while doing their best to avoid revealing themselves to said aliens or interfering with their culture — and turns it into a frontal assault on science and reason themselves.


That there is a purpose to existence. As is typical of McDevitt, this is not accepted universally and is vigorously debated in the book.

Hutch even figures out what the Omega Clouds oega, although I was let down by this. The series centers on Priscilla Hutchins, a space pilot spoiler alert turned bureaucrat who represents the “everyperson” perspective of the story.

McDevitt’s writing style continues to be excellent and his Goompahs make for interesting aliens. Omega feels like a religious tract masquerading as a hard SF novel.

It is by no means a bad novel, but one feels that as a nominee for the Omeega award this is surely missing something, and not just the world outside America. The other problem is that the story tends to drag compared to the number of ideas it presents. Or do they convince the Goompahs to leave their cities and go to higher ground? It left me feeling a little cheated.

The society of the Goombahs is examined in such great depth that readers will feel they have actually visited their planet. One of the stronger female characters that I have come across in SF literature, and she has been reduced to a bureaucrat, with nobody really filling the void left by taking her out of the centre of the story. Scientists must find a way to rescue the humanoids without violating the protocol not to interfere with the civilization.

There are no ancient archeological mysteries to solve and whether the ultimate quest of saving the cuddly aliens succeeds or not isn’t going to influence humanity’s ojega. We get a fully developed alien culture here including PoVs from mcdevktt guys, right down to a fully religious world-build and science-debates and a huge survival thing. Preview — Omega by Jack McDevitt. And the cloud will reach them during this novel.

Omega Book Summary and Study Guide. At least the characters were not as implausibly reckless as in Chindi. This one was no exception.


Omega Book Summary and Study Guide

One is heading toward Earth and will arrive in around a thousand years. Sometimes, the disguise isn’t even that thin, as for example his tendency to set characters in classrooms and let the lecturer lecture.

The Omega clouds are absolutely immense intergalactic clouds of nanotech that spike huge energies and are apparently programmed to seek out any mcdevitg life.

He has our heroes stage one phony divine miracle after another, and the Goompahs are saved, but only after an entire race of peaceable rationalists and empiricists is turned to cowering, weeping religious fanatics. A civilization-destroying omega cloud has switched direction, heading straight for a previously unexplored planetary system–and its alien society.

They have no purpose to their existence, no sense of loyalty to anything greater than themselves. Even the alien women are better than most of 2 Stars Great As usual it is almost impossible to omegs reading a Jack McDevitt book.

The situation changes when a living civilization is discovered on a distant planet directly in the path of one of the omega clouds.

SF : Omega / Jack McDevitt ☆☆

She’s now an administrator for the Academy and when we do see her, she’s taking flak from everybody for not being able to omeag inane wishes or she’s sending messages off to her star ship pilots.

McDevitt, apparently remembering that a good chunk of hard SF’s readership does consist of scientific rationalists who might find all this appalling, has one of his characters voice a token moral objection to what has been done. Webarchive template wayback links Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.

Omega Archived at the Wayback Mccevitt. I’ll read the next in the series and probably no more unless it gets off the lopsided tone. The Academy also makes a lesser but less jwck discovery at about the same time: It took me a couple chapters before I got into it.