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June Books 14) Seeker

14) Seeker, by Jack McDevitt

This year's Nebula winner, which I bought expecting not to enjoy much - the Nebulas have been as much miss as hit for me in recent years, and I had read autopope's brief critiques.

I'm therefore a little surprised to report that I really enjoyed it. As a lapsed historian and even more lapsed archaeologist, I lapped up McDevitt's portrayal of a far-future quest for a lost human colony, driven by the discovery of a plastic cup with an inscription in the forgotten language of English, with an imaginative astronomical twist at the end of the story. autopope does make a good point, in that taken as a novel about the future it is a little unexciting, but I think it should be read also as a novel about the past, and how we will deal with the past in the future, and I found it pretty satisfying on that score.

Having said that, the best sf book I read published i the time frame of eligibility for this year's Nebula award is still Elizabeth Bear's Carnival.


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Jun. 29th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
FYI, Seeker is one of a series of books involving Alex Benedict, the others being A Talent for War and Polaris. I'm a big fan of McDevitt, his books are, IMO, of a fairly consistent quality. One of his best, for me, was a book called "Eternity Road." But I've really enjoyed everything of his that I've read.
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