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Books: Infinity Beach by Jack McDevitt

I haven't mentioned any books that I've been reading of late, simply because there's been so much going on, but I did want to mention the book I've just finished reading.

Jack McDevitt's Infinity Beach is a simply wonderful novel of 500+ pages that is a very innovative first contact novel, full of interesting characters, and some surprising stuff in it. I highly recommend this book to folks who are looking to read a first contact novel with a difference.

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cornellbox
Feb. 28th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
I read McDevitt's The Hercules Text some years back as part of the fantastic Ace Science Fiction Specials that also included Gibson's Neuromancer and Kim Stanley Robinson's The Wild Shore (among others). I recall liking it a lot, though I don't think I've read much else of his since then.

I'd be interested in how much similarity there is between The Hercules Text and Infinity Beach, whether he's repeating stuff, or whether he has new takes on the same general core trope (first contact). It does seem to be a theme he enjoys.
jkahane
Feb. 29th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
McDevitt's writing has evolved a lot since his book The Hercules Text. McDevitt has written a lot of books since the first couple of novels, A Talent for War being his other very early work, but he's managed to retain the sensibilities of his writing throughout his career.

While others might differ with me on this, I would have to say that Infinity Beach puts a whole different spin on the first contact issue compared to THT. I enjoyed both novels, but think that I prefer IB to THT, though both are very good novels and significantly better than a lot of other first contact novels. My opinion, of course.
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