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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An explanation is provided for the clouds themselves, but I’m assuming at this point that more details are forthcoming in either Odyssey or Cauldron.

However, if one can get past that, McDevitt takes another, more interesting page out of Star Trek. One keeps making theories and peering at anomolies, and most of the time one is wrong.

Nevertheless, this was enjoyable enough to warrant reading its continuations.

But the fact that McDevitt went this direction with his 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 as much as religion and its euphoric raptures. No trivia or quizzes yet. Omeba good story of the Academy series.

This page was last edited on 7 Octoberat The few times one of the team is seen by a Goompah, the poor creature runs screaming. The most glaring of these is that the central mystery of the work surrounding the ‘Omega Clouds’ seems a little dumb to begin with, holds no surprises for you over the course of the jaco, and has no really interesting twist at the end to justify going through the motions.

Full of interesting situations and characters. Sci-fi fans who agree with McDevitt’s politics who’ve read everything else by better authors. At the right moment, an image of the deity Lykonda appears to the awestruck Goompahs and warns them to head for the hills. Since she is not an archaeologist, physicist, and so forth, she views the events surrounding her jaco way many of us probably would.


You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Even the ometa women are better than most of the men. The Omega Clouds — agents of destruction which seem to be able to recognise right angles and other signs of intelligent McDevitt is a tad frustrating.

From reading McDevitt’s previous novels, I know the man isn’t part of the anti-science fringe, who are currently championing all sorts of nonsense in America these days, whether it’s “intelligent design” or jacl change denial or what have you. I mccdevitt even remember what Digger’s actual job or mcrevitt is, but he is aboard the closest ship to the planet, sent there to set everything up for the big rescue.

Yet there is much that is ennobling in the belief that there is, after all, a higher power.

These future humans happen to be peaceful, too, for once, and most of their principled actions reflect those of the Federation but there’s also a mcddvitt realistic bending of the rules, too. Many companies petition the Academy for permission to travel to Lookout for various money-making purposes, virtually all of which are refused. I really like McDevitt, and his style, yet it is with difficulty that I recall the book I read 14 years ago, and that is a shame.

Neil Stephenson is prone to do this mcdevigt entirely different ways, launching into chapter length descriptions of Touring machines, cryptography, the birth of finance, and so forth. In this book, however, she’s no longer a pilot.

Trivia About Omega The Academ Another ship comes by with room for one passenger, and the asshole gets on, determined to divert the cloud. It was too realistic in its depiction of institutional decay. This is after all, the same author that wrote both ‘Starship Mcdevit and ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’. But Omega kept me interested all the way through, and on the edge of my seat for the climax, and there are some surprisingly touching and emotionally effective moments in the interactions between the humans and the aliens.

These are eminently rational beings who, while they have religion, don’t seem to consider it all that important, and believe firmly in open debate and the scientific method. Come se la vita non potesse prescindere da alcune costanti. Preview — Omega by Jack McDevitt.


Having mastered the big, sprawling adventure stories called space opera in books like ChindiMcDevitt extends the form in this feel-good SF novel that earns its hopeful conclusion.

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I don’t think McDevitt went far enough. I am a big fan of the overall series because of the believable way it handles humanity’s lack of contact with alien species in the 23rd century – we either find them too early or too late. And as an atheist I’m proud to state my belief in a “higher power” And you shouldn’t skip Chindi anyway. I’ll read the next in the series and probably no more unless it gets off the lopsided tone.

Fiction Book Review: OMEGA by Jack McDevitt, Author . Ace $ (p) ISBN

Another ship is sent with a huge kite which struck me as really stupid and some video devices, to divert the cloud. At least the characters were not as implausibly reckless as in Chindi.

However, it’s not due to arrive for nearly a thousand years, which robs the situation of much of its sense of mcfevitt. He isn’t inventing some future ideology or exploring ideas; he’s writing the politics of the moment into his stories and he isn’t even particularly persuasive jsck it. She constantly saves the day through smarts and bravery.

And did you notice Whit’s use of the weasel-phrase “since Darwin”? Novels by Jack McDevitt. What is that, I wonder?

Other books in the series. 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.