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Cauldron by Jack McDevitt
Edited by Ginjer Buchanan
Cover Artist: Larry Price
Review by Ernest Lilley
Ace Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441015252
Date: 06 November 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

There's something you've got to love about a book that begins with the dateline "Cherry Hill, New Jersey, December 16, 2165". It's the future, but somehow the very fact that there's still a Cherry Hill makes it seem close enough to reach out and touch, or be touched by. It's this sense of future imminent that permeates Jack McDevitt's work. It's the day after tomorrow, or maybe the week after, but it's a tomorrow that overlaps today. A century and a half or so from now we've gone to the stars, but found them about as interesting as the surface of the moon, which is to say, not very. What we've really missed is finding anyone worth have a good long talk with, though we've found some dead civilizations and some pretty lame ones along the way. Spaceflight has gotten tame, lame, and once again, on the wane.

From official release/information:

Book Description: The year is 2255. The academy that trained the starfarers is long gone and veteran star pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins spends her retirement supporting fund-raising efforts for The Prometheus Foundation, a privately funded organization devoted to deep space exploration.

But when a young physicist unveils an efficient star drive capable of reaching the core of the galaxy, Hutch finds herself back in the deepest reaches of space, and on the verge of discovering the origins of the deadly Omega clouds that continue to haunt her.

(Source: Ace)

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