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Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins was just a spaceship pilot on a routine run from Earth. Her days of glamour as a planetary explorer and archeologist of ancient alien artifacts were in the past. Then came the call. Priscilla is the only even remotely qualified professional within lightyears of Deepsix---a life-supporting planet. With less than three weeks left before a rogue moon demolishes Deepsix, she and her colleagues must descend to the surface, and glean whatever they can about the doomed planet's lifeforms and lost civilizations. The deeper Hutch and her team delve, the more puzzles are revealed within puzzles, and startling discoveries only lead to greater and more perplexing questions. But then the unthinkable occurs. An earthquake destroys the explorers' only means of escape. As scientists and sightseers who have come to witness the spectacular end watch helplessly from miles above, Hutch and her people must survive on a hostile planet going rapidly mad. And with the clock ticking relentlessly toward an unavoidable apocalypse, they must find some way, any way, to get off before a rampaging moon violently reduces Deepsix to space dust.

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In the year 2204, tragedy and terror forced a scientific team to prematurely evacuate Maleiva III. Nineteen years later, a rogue moon hurtling through space is about to obliterate the last opportunity to study this rare, life-supporting planet. With less than three weeks left before the disaster, superluminal pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins — the only even remotely qualified professional within lightyears of the ill-fated planet — must lead a small scientific team to the surface to glean whatever they can about its lifeforms and lost civilizations before time runs out. But catastrophe awaits when they are stranded on this strange and complex world of puzzles and impossibilities. And now Hutch and her people must somehow survive on a hostile world going rapidly mad — as the clock ticks toward apocalypse for a doomed enigma now called...

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Jack McDevitt is the author of A Talent for War, The Engines of God, Ancient Shores, Eternity Road, Moonfall, and numerous prize-winning short stories. He has served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, taught English and literature, and worked for the U.S. Customs Service in North Dakota and Georgia.

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bjaybush, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by bjaybush)
Yeah, it's "just" s-f. Yeah, it's not by a "big name" author. Yeah, it's not snooty or about to be made into a Tom Hanks movie.
What Deepsix IS is an insight into what makes human beings tick.
A rare cosmic event is discovered: one world being swallowed up by another (literally). Of course, humans have to go watch! In fact, humans have to go down to the surface of the world being swallowed, to see what's there.
What IS there? People--aliens--or at least, remains of what they were. Also some still living creatures, who may be the degenerate remains of that lost people.
But there's no way to save the living, or the dead. The world is about to end.
And though fickle technology, the lives of the humans may be about to end as well. A journalist, a scientist, a starship captain. Not exactly the crew you'd ideally place in such a position. How can they possibly escape, live to tell about all they've learned?
By being human. By ignoring their strengths, and playing to their desperation, and their will to live. By doing what couldn't be done--but which HAD to be done.
Touching, exciting, filled with grief and fear and exhilaration and wonder, Deepsix is the best book I'VE read in the last decade. I recommend it as an introduction to McDevitt, who's turned into one of the most consistently challenging authors I know; and as an introduction to Science Fiction for anyone who thinks the genre is nothing but light escapism. You don't have to be stuffy to have meaning. You have to understand humanity--and tell a good story.
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ISBN:
9780061020063
Author:
McDevitt, Jack
Publisher:
Eos
Author:
McDevitt, Jack
Author:
by Jack McDevitt
Location:
New York
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Life on other planets
Subject:
Extraterrestrial anthropology
Subject:
Interplanetary travel
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Series Volume:
3195
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
6.76x4.28x1.10 in. .55 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In the year 2204, tragedy and terror forced a scientific team to prematurely evacuate Maleiva III. Nineteen years later, a rogue moon hurtling through space is about to obliterate the last opportunity to study this rare, life-supporting planet. With less than three weeks left before the disaster, superluminal pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins — the only even remotely qualified professional within lightyears of the ill-fated planet — must lead a small scientific team to the surface to glean whatever they can about its lifeforms and lost civilizations before time runs out. But catastrophe awaits when they are stranded on this strange and complex world of puzzles and impossibilities. And now Hutch and her people must somehow survive on a hostile world going rapidly mad — as the clock ticks toward apocalypse for a doomed enigma now called...
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