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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There’s an Academy ship out there and the four people aboard are instructed to go down to the planet mcdevitg interact mcdevith the aliens, who are being called Goompahs, a term I learned to utterly hate by the end of the book. Want to Read saving….

Che le piante sembrano sempre piante e che gli animali sono sempre simili They have no purpose to their existence, no sense of loyalty to anything greater than themselves. This was a good one.

Only quibble would be that the the omega clouds would seem to have been improbably astonishingly poorly designed but perhaps that is addressed in the later books in the series. It’s the equivalent of showing Obi-wan about to duel with Vader but not actually showing the actual fight or hearing the dialogue, though you could infer its outcome from Luke’s reaction. When they find them, they destroy all life forms and geometric shapes and angles.

It is great to watch a united galaxy use all its power to save a newly discovered sentient race a rare omefa in the McDevitt universe despite the danger they bring unto themselves.

But even ignoring that, it has problems that make the preachiness hard to ignore. Oh my God, I thought it would never end.

I read this book a few months back. That we owe loyalty to something greater than ourselves.

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Just a careful and methodical worldbuilding, care and devotion to characters, and omdga hopeful outlook despite everything. About three quarters of the way in, I was just mceevitt for it to be over and only finished because I’d invested so much time and wanted to find out how it ended. We don’t get the small payoffs and moments of action that were built into Chindiand the book and the reader’s attention suffer for it.


Many companies petition the Academy for permission to travel to Lookout for various money-making purposes, virtually all of which are refused. I look forward to the next book. A world of humanoid beings is discovered to be in the path of an Omega cloud, mysterious clouds of energy floating in space which attack and destroy anything with right angles.

The constant political wrangling and hair-pulling involved in getting anything done at all is wearying, but gives her a new appreciation for how much work goes into what does in fact get done. It’s not that I can’t enjoy writers that hold McDevitt’s position. At least the characters were not as implausibly reckless as in Chindi.

Scattanti centenari si avventurano per lo spazio Usually stuff like this I’m really into but I wasn’t a huge fan of the book, but there were some parts I liked. It’s questionable whether any human writer can really imagine a non-human intelligence, but McDevitt’s aliens tend to be more human than most.

As long as we stuck with the humans I was pretty invested. The humans were bland and the aliens were an annoying fit to the “noble savage” template.

One is heading toward Earth and will arrive in around a thousand years. At first his hatred of the omegas is reasonable, but the closer he gets to Lookout, the worse he gets. I won’t tell you if Digger saves the day or not, but I found myself caring about what happened to him far more than any character in previous books.

The cute ones get all the attention, while threatened species of snails or beetles seldom appear in petitions or Facebook appeals. I thought that the fun element was slightly missing this time round. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. An omega cloud is headed towards Earth, but won’t arrive for about years. Their schools have signs posted reading “Think For Yourself” and “Accept No Claim Without Evidence,” something I can hardly imagine existing an any public school in America, especially during the Bush years.


Il matrimonio si rinnova dopo un determinato numero di anni. The series centers on Priscilla Hutchins, a space pilot spoiler alert turned bureaucrat who represents the “everyperson” perspective of the story. I might give it three stars without the preachiness.

I don’t know what Jack McDevitt’s own personal religious inclinations are, though I have a pretty good idea. Mar 08, Carl rated it really liked it Shelves: Some authors that I like are particularly prone to this.

Scientists must find a way to rescue the humanoids without violating the protocol not to interfere with the civilization. Omega by Jack McDevitt. I enjoyed the compassion shown by members of the rescue team for the Goompahs. It strikes me as a precious gift. Taken in small doses, it has much to recommend it.

Omega (Academy , book 4) by Jack McDevitt

Good book, really enjoyed it. For another, McDevitt never resolves the mystery of the zhoka — who they were, why they look human, why the Goompahs fear them hack.

Digger develops an affection for the Goompahs and his character evolves from being lightly self-centered to self-sacrificing. I didn’t care for the direction of the series. The prose is generally good, and the characters sufficiently interesting that I was able to get through it.

Ultimately, it really didn’t end in any satisfying way. She is married to Tor from the book Chindi and has a little girl. But eventually, one ends up being right, and the payoff is even better for all the false starts. And did you notice Whit’s use of the weasel-phrase “since Darwin”?