Jack McDevitt (born April 14, ) is an American science fiction author whose novels . (): Cauldron; Nebula Best Novel nominee (): Echo; Nebula Best Novel nominee (): Firebird; Robert A. Heinlein Award winner (). Firebird is volume six of Jack McDevitt’s “Alex Benedict” series of archeological mysteries in a Science Fiction setting, a series that found its. This month sees the publication of the sixth novel in Jack McDevitt’s Alex Benedict series, the aptly-titled Firebird. Like its predecessors, from A.

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But if a kid is in middle school or so it shouldn’t be too bad. Two major plots focus on whether artificial intelligences AI deserve to be treated as sentient, autonomous beings; and what could account for a variety of ‘Flying Dutchman’-type sighting of mysterious ships across several thousand years of future history.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Fortunately, McDevitt gives us a very moving Afterward that ends the book as it should. The ‘B-plot’ actually ends up becoming an interesting discourse on how a society views artificial intelligence, whether or not they are ‘alive’ and should count as people. Basically, many who previously respected Alex now blame him for the deaths of idiots.

Firebird (Alex Benedict, #6) by Jack McDevitt

In this story, Alex and Chase are asked to market some memorabilia of the late physicist Chris Robin, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. To view it, click here.


One gets the impression McDevitt just couldn’t be bother to come up with a reasonable source. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Share your thoughts with other customers. Analog Science Fiction and Fact. McDevitt, Jack Nov Chase Alex’s assistant, and here, as in the last few books, the viewpoint character doesn’t even recognize the name, but Alex does: Firebird is the sixth book in the Alex Benedict series about an antique hunter in the far future albeit a far future that looks exactly like s suburbia, but with spaceships.

In Talent, an interstellar scientific mission has mcdevigt something odd, something that has scared the authorities, who run a cover-up.

Benedict is an antiquities jac in the far, far future—14 years far future—that ends up investigating some sort of mystery surrounding an artifact that comes into his possession.

However, having said this, there is nothing wrong with a formulaic approach, especially when it is kcdevitt very well. Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein. Archived from the original on I recommend it with the qualification that you read the other five first. By the time I arrived in eighth grade there was nothing I loved as much as a good mystery.

I love McDevitt’s storytelling. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Fortunately, mcdevittt end of the novel offers some nice rewards to the reader exhausted by the philosophical discussions, talk show descriptions, Rimway’s socialities, appointments unrelated to the investigation As is often the case with this series, the book is only interesting once Chase and Alex leave Rimway aboard their ship.


I joined the Navydrove a cab, became an English teacher, took a customs inspector’s job on the northern border, and didn’t write another word for a quarter-century. The normal pattern of this series is that Alex will hear about some mystery, be unable to restrain his curiosity, firebord start poking around, usually turning up things that people would rather he didn’t.

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Retrieved August 6, Jul 21, Text Addict rated it it was ok Shelves: Alex decided to be obnoxious and play into his previously mostly inaccurate mcevitt perception as a money and glory hound. I think the AI’s have a really good case against humanity when it comes to criminal negligence.

The pair return in Polaris. Chase seemed too flippant, uninterested, and a bit too much of a foil instead of a partner.

Jack McDevitt

After six of these, the conceit may become trite and repetitive, but they don’t. Definitely, I’ll read it again.

His detractors, especially the archeologists, call him a tomb robber. Check back with me in a few days, as I am starting on it immediately.

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