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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Jul 08, Daniel Bratell rated it liked it. In the first book of the series, The Engines of God, we learn that most of the ruined civilizations discovered by humans were destroyed by “omega clouds,” possibly-artificial, planet-sized clouds that move through space and target technological societies as identified by right angles detectable from space. Including a very regular death toll on every single outing. Indiana Jones in Space.

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I read Sci Fi to be uplifted not presented with a downer. But this one felt less Jan 31, Yrag Notsew mcdveitt it really liked it. A civilization-destroying omega cloud has switched direction, heading straight for a mcdevittt unexplored planetary system–and its alien society.

Some authors that I like are particularly prone to this. There’s a lot less of that this time round. Especially when it’s a book with such estimable prequels as this one. Do the humans divert the cloud?

Also, I get a nice long rant on, so get ready. However, if you are the impatient sort you should perhaps take note that this novel has a bit of a long build-up before, well, you know. Yet there is much that is ennobling in the belief that there is, after all, a higher power. This situation changes when a charmingly innocent young alien race is discovered just a few months before a cloud will obliterate it.

Even the alien women are better than most of 2 Stars Both of the problems in this book are related to the discovery in The Engines of God. I wanted everyone to die by the end of the book.


One of the stronger female characters that I have come across in SF literature, and she has been reduced to a bureaucrat, with nobody really filling the void left by taking her out of the centre of the story. His work has been on the final ballot for the Nebula Awards for 12 of the past 13 years. I have summarized the first three books of the series as “Archaeologists in Space,” and while it has its issues spaceships apparently leave Earth with unlimited fuel, food, water, and oxygenit presents a fascinating glimpse of a galaxy full of ruined civilizations and a few pre-industrial societies shielded by, basically, a Prime Directive prohibiting contact.

But then, I refuse to read L.

SF : Omega / Jack McDevitt ☆☆

Very early on in this novel the Academy are trying to salvage what they can from an already Omega-scarred world which is about to be revisited. They have a technology level oega about the Roman Empire and clearly can do nothing to protect themselves from it, and there’s a tight timeline. There is of course a contingent of people who insist that now is the time to start worrying about them, otherwise, the inertia of human procrastination will sink in and before humanity knows it, the things will be on our doorstep catching us without a plan.

Yes, characters still do stupid things with their associated consequences which, in fact, probably makes them more human than character sin some other books. Jac, is more like Deepsix: But unless one of the other experimental techniques of diverting the omega cloud works, the Academy crew has to get the Goompahs out of the cities and to high ground if they’re going to survive.

The Academy 8 books.

Omega (The Academy, #4) by Jack McDevitt

But I can’t think of the last time when I was so disgusted with the climax of a book I had up to that point been loving that I threw it across the room hard enough to dent the sheetrock. First contact is made in a meaningful way, and the integrity of Goompah culture is not only preserved but enhanced, as the Goompahs learn the zhoka are simply boogeymen. The Omega clouds are absolutely immense intergalactic clouds of nanotech that spike huge energies and are apparently programmed to seek out any intelligent life.


The difference is that Deepsix had a lot of mcdevutt, adventure and there was still the mystery of what had happened on the planet. What is that, I wonder? The story has a good mix of scifi world-building and action, but also the first truly memorable characters in the series.

Dec 22, Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it. It’s an unusual and somewhat risky story-telling technique that, for me at least, does a wonderful job of creating the mood of scientific exploration and analysis.


Meanwhile, they find another that’s turning and heading for an earth-like planet in about nine months. Maybe the next book will redeem this clunker. Failing that they hope to convince the Goompah’s to flee their cities and seek higher ground so that they will survive the coming catastrophe. This novel won the John W Campbell Award for best sci-fi novel of the year and it’s been nominated for a Nebula.

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Omega Ace, Nov Priscilla Hutchins is stuck on Earth omsga an administrator this time, which I thought was a little disappointing.

His characters succeed in imposing their compassion on the void. And once we get to Lookout, the Javk planet, Omega is working on a higher level than Chindias its structure is more focused while Chindi was all over the place.