An Alex Benedict novel
SESFA Awards at Trinoc*coN
Seeker has won the SESFA Award for best novel, and McDevitt receives the SESFA Lifetime Achievement Award. Other nominees for best novel were The Home by Scott Nicholson (Pinnacle Books), Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card (Tor), and War Surf by M. M. Buckner (Ace). McDevitt won previously in 2002 for best novel, Deepsix.
Also on the ballot for the lifetime award were Poppy Z. Brite, William S. Gibson, and Robert McCammon.
Michael Bishop won the short fiction prize for "Bears Discover Smut," from SciFiction.
The winners were announced during a July 22, 2006, ceremony at DeepSouthCon in Raleigh, NC.
McDevitt was delighted.
Awards & Honors
"'Why read Jack McDevitt?' The question should be, 'Who among us is such a slow pony that s/he isn't reading McDevitt?'"
"Deduction and speculation merge fruitfully in this ultimately quite intriguing adventure."
Off the Shelf
"It's not often that I read a book all the way from beginning to end. For the most part I simply don't have the time I once did. But, I'm also finding that there simply aren't the books out there that grab my attention in that way....Whatever the case, this is one book that I picked up and didn't put back down until it was done. Highly recommended."
"Surprise is not the (sole) measure of the book, and the pleasures
of a McDevitt tale lie as much in the telling as in the springing of the
climax. The McGuffin here is not only a starship-as-archeological-find but
all the associations and possibilities that trail along behind the legend
of Seeker.... Then there are the expected features of a detective novel
(which is what this is, structurally) as following all those leads lets us
visit various parts of this strangely comfortable milieu.... The quest gets
farther into the exotic than does Polaris, and the last quarter of the book
contains several nicely placed trapdoors that deliver us to a satisfactory
and entirely science-fictional payoff...."
"Gripping....McDevitt is now being compared, quite legitimately,
to Arthur C. Clarke, and not only because he has a similar kind of grand
vision. of the human future among the stars. He also has characters with
amiable, or not so amiable, quirks who in the middle of deciphering the
secrets of lost races take time worry ing about where to get a good meal in
the next town. One of these days McDevitt is going to receive an actual and
well-deserved big award to go with his professional stature."
"McDevitt's latest sf adventure features personal drama as well as
fast-paced action in the depths of outer space. Combining hard science with
superb storytelling, this compelling take belongs in most sf collections."
"...A breathless trek across star systems and...an intriguing
mystery plot, a bevy of fully realized characters, ingenious AI ships, and
avatars of long-departed personalities.... The scientific interpolations are
as convincing as the far future planetscapes and the human and alien
societies, bolstering an irresistible tractor beam of heavy-duty action.
This novel delivers everything it promises with a galactic
joins The Engines of God, Infinity Beach, Eternity Road, Ancient Shores, Omega, and Polaris in the