Jack McDevitt is an American science fiction novelist. He has over 20 novels available in print, ebook, and audio, stories that frequently deal with attempts to make contact with alien races, and with archaeology or xenoarchaeology.
McDevitt has won multiple awards including the International UPC Science Fiction award for Ships in the Night, a Nebula for Seeker, a Campbell Award for Omega, and the Robert Heinlein Lifetime Achievement Award.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
I grew up in South Philadelphia. Was a boy scout. Today I’m still in touch with the scoutmaster’s family, which is scattered all over the USA. My mom encouraged me to read, and provided books. Discovered Superman & Dick Tracy on the radio when I was about five. Enjoyed baseball. Couldn’t have had a better time during those early years.
“McDevitt’s work is a counter to all the apocalypses and dystopias so prevalent in science fiction these days. McDevitt holds out hope for humanity’s future, and sees our time as the great time of scientific and technological progress. By setting his story in the far future, McDevitt is able to create in the twenty-first century reader nostalgia for our own time and all its accomplishments. Reading Coming Home revitalizes proper pride in humanity – what it has accomplished today and what it will design, do, and discover tomorrow.
I love reading McDevitt. Every chance I get I devour one of his novels. They are quick but entertaining reads, wonderful for a weekend trip or snuggling up with by a fire. They are SF in the classic mold. The Alex Benedict novels, in particular, are an encomium both to history and the future wrapped gently in the blanket of a heartwarming tale of friendship and fun-filled adventure.
PS: Long-time readers of McDevitt will also appreciate the mention of Priscilla Hutchins that appears in this novel.”