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Deepsix (The Academy #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  2,490 ratings  ·  145 reviews
Weeks before planet Deepsix explodes, a team exploring new-found ruins is stranded. Pilot "Hutch", cynical journalist McAllister, disgraced Nightingale, and other volunteers suffer wildlife attacks, earthquakes, floods and find evidence of civilized "hawks" and "crickets" while rescuers restore a skyhook for rescue.
Paperback, 508 pages
Published January 2002 by Eos (first published September 2000)
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Melissa Proffitt
I remember reading this for the first time and being unable to put it down, it was that action-packed and terrifying. Jack McDevitt does for space-age SF what Michael Crichton did for the earthbound kind: science as the background for what's essentially a thriller. A team goes down to the surface of a planet that's days away from being torn apart and absorbed by a Jupiter-sized rogue world, because naturally this planet turns out to have been inhabited by an alien race, only no one noticed twent ...more
Clark Hallman
Deepsix by Jack McDevitt is the second novel in McDevitt’s academy series (or Priscilla Hutchens series, whichever you choose to name it). Maleiva III is a planet that is headed for a catastrophic collision with a huge gas giant named Morgan's World. Within weeks before the collision will occur, Priscilla Hutchens (Hutch) is recruited by the Academy of Science and Technology to lead a team to explore, record, photograph, and even collect artifacts of former civilizations (especially from advance ...more
Rob Bliss
Many things happen in this novel, so one is not merely reading several conversations amongst charcters, waiting for something to happen (like the last book I read). So that is a good thing.

However. The whole basis for the novel is corrupt.

One planet is going to blow up because another planet is slowly crashing into it. Its gonna take a couple weeks. FOR SOME REASON, people have decided to explore the dying planet within those weeks (or days, I forget, it doesnt matter -- a short time span) befo
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Kate
Deepsix is a brilliant sci-fi thriller. The ideas are fantastic, especially the premise on which the entire book is based which is that an earth-like planet will collide with a large rogue wanderer gas giant.

This of course is of very high interest to the scientific community of the 23rd Century, so they are gathered in that solar system to ogle at the upcoming spectacle of Deepsix being ripped apart. However, when the spectators arrive six weeks prior to the event, they find that the incomplete
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An Odd1
"Hutch", pilot Priscilla Hutchins, leads a team to explore just-discovered evidence of civilization, twelve days before planet Deepsix breaks apart, armed with laser cutters only "a notch or two more efficient" p66 than the first fatal expedition. Randall Nightingale is silent "small in stature, thin, gray, only a couple of centimeters taller than the dimunitive Hutch" p37, reclusive and bitter after taking blame for deadly cardinals on visit 19 years before, some from Gregory MacAllister. The f ...more
Dawson
You can get a synopsis of the plot on the Amazon pages. So I am going to give my impression of the overall series.

I found this book engaging and just a good fun read.

If you've read one of my review of the series you've already read below.

Part of a 6 book (so far) series. As another reviewer said, the books have something of a mystery novel feel to it. Much more noticeable is the documentary/diary feel to this series. Overall though, it is good "hard sci-fi". A couple of things that stand out in
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Guillaume Jay
2223. La planète Deepsix est menacée de destruction totale par une collision cosmique. Du coup, l'intérêt pour ce monde oublié et maudit, parce qu'une mission d'exploration y a été décimée vingt ans plus tôt, se réveille. Sans compter qu'en plus sur deux semaines avant le cataclysme, on découvre des ruines de vie civilisée sur la planète. Une expédition archéologique est montée en urgence pour essayer de sauver le maximum d'informations et vestiges avant que tout disparaisse. Mais quand l'expédi ...more
James
I’ve read several of the “Hutchins” series of novels by Jack McDevitt. What strikes me about them has to do with a strong female lead, “Hutch”, her adventures as a pilot for the Academy as they explore the ruins of what was once a thriving civilization across the galaxy but faded out when humans arrived.

“Are we next” is kinda the question the books imply in this series.

In “Deepsix”, Nightingale (“Randy”) leads a exploratory colony to the planet Deepsix. The life on this planet is deadly and so
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Jessica
Apr 09, 2008 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Scifi fans looking for a new love
Shelves: fantasyscifi
The character, Priscilla Hutchings shines again in this book. I thought I would get tired of this "heroine who pulls miracles out of thin air" but really, she keeps you rooting for her. And I like her. She's feisty. What really draws me to these books is the idea that we might actually be alone in the universe because all our intellectual equals have vanished, dead or devolved. Makes something inside me feel very lonely indeed.

While not my favorite in this series, it's still very good. I only th
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Craig
This is a terrific big-concept sf adventure, the second in the Priscilla Hutchins series, in which Hutch and some of her associates are stranded on a planet that's going to fall into a wandering star real, real soon... The clock is ticking, the only spaceships anywhere nearby don't have any rescue craft, but something's got to be done right now. It's a very exciting read, with ingenious solutions to fascinating hard-science problems. There's a large cast of supporting characters that are occasio ...more
Sharon
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Dale Crangle
This is the 2nd book in the Priscilla Hutchins series. A group of scientists gather at a planet that is about to collide with a gas giant and set up to study the effects. Along with them, a luxury liner arrives along with a ship full of media people.

When ancient ruins are discovered on the planet, a makeshift archeological expedition is set up, and disaster ensues when two shuttles are destroyed by an earthquake.

The group then needs to find a way off the planet before the collision occurs. It's
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Brian Krukoski
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Aaron Million
I enjoyed this work by McDevitt: I thought it got more riveting the deeper I got into the book. The storyline did not suffer from the conventional expectations of 'if X was spoken about earlier, then Y will occur later." I liked that McDevitt kept me guessing as to what might happen next.

A running theme throughout the novel was the short-sighted, impersonal, uncaring attitude of "The Academy." One thing that I thought was missing at the end was that McDevitt did not wrap up that background stor
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Vincent Riddle
2.5 stars

After finishing the disappointing novel, Ancient Shores, I wasn't in a hurry to read another McDevitt, but a friend went out of his way to hand Deepsix to me, saying it was a good sci-fi story.

The premise sounded exciting: Trapped explorers must escape an earthlike planet before the approach of a gas giant tears it apart. Will they have time to learn the mysterious origins of a long-lost alien civilization before all is lost?

What I got was mostly a dull read.

All but one of the charact
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Vincent Stoessel
Had the potential for really cliche and kitch disaster movie style book. But while yes, people did some really silly things to put themselves into a bad situation, from that point on the book becomes a potboiler with some really cool SF elements. It captured my attention right to the end
Tamahome
Mar 19, 2010 Tamahome added it
Recommends it for: jungle action, big scifi ending

Pretty good. I think with his characters and suspense, I can finish any McDevitt novel. Maybe I'll read something not in this series next. I'm now seeing that Engines of God was 2 novellas put together, unlike the other books, so you had 2 climaxes in that one.
J.
Dec 11, 2014 J. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
3.5 stars.

I don't really remember 'Hutch', this series protagonist, from the first book as it's been a while since I read The Engines of God, she doesn't seem all that memorable anyway.

I didn't necessarily give this book a completely fair shake. The summary is so similar to another book I've read that I was sure this was that book. Erring on the side of caution I went ahead and listened to it...but I listened at 2.3X, the fastest I've ever listened to a book. About half way into the book I decid
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Steven Cole
Deepsix is the second of McDevitt’s novels featuring the deep space pilot Priscilla Hutchins. Beyond the general universe, however, there’s little that would require you to read the prior novel (Engines of God) before reading this one, nor are there any spoilers that would make reading Engines of God later less satisfying.

So what is Deepsix? This is a classic scifi Adventure story, where the emphasis is on “Adventure” much more than “Science”. The story is one of future extra-terrestrial archaeo
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Lee
Oct 05, 2010 Lee rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
I'm a sucker for enormous shenanigans in science fiction. Whether these shenanigans be in the shape of enormous Big Dumb Objects like Larry Niven's Ringworld or Stephen Baxter's Ring, or whether they be natural occurrences but on a scale so big that they make the reader go "Crikey, that's a big scale." Falling firmly into this second camp is the crux of the plot of Deepsix: a gas giant is on a collision course with a planet that our plucky heroes find themselves stranded upon.

That aspect of the
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Roddy Williams
'With less than three weeks to go before a rogue gas giant collides with the world known as Deepsix, Priscilla ;Hutch’ Hutchins and her crack team land on the surface to record and salvage as much of the planet’s ancient civilisation as they can before it is lost forever.

But as they struggle to make sense of this strange uninhabited world with its stone cities under ice, unexpected predators and inexplicable hints of impossible technology buried in the rubble, their only means of escape is sudde
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Scott
Twenty years ago, a mission to Maleiva III ended in disaster when explorers found themselves unprepared for the planet's native wildlife. No one ever went back...until now. An orbiting craft has found signs of civilization that were missed before. The Academy sends pilot Priscilla Hutchins and a crew to learn what they can about the inhabitants. There's just one wrinkle: in a few weeks a massive gas giant will pass through the system, obliterating Maleiva III. No pressure.

Hutch and friends reach
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David
Deepsix is the second novel in the Priscilla Hutchins series. Priscilla has once again found herself in an archaeological mystery that must be solved before a cataclysm befalls the world she is on.

Scientists and tourists have converged on Maleiva III, aka Deepsix, to witness the destruction of the world by a rogue gas giant. The gas giant, nicknamed Morgan, is on a collision course with Deepsix and will tear it apart just as comet Shoemaker-Levy was torn apart by Jupiter. But as the scientists a
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Coleman
Beautiful writer, tons of action, and contains best character in any book I've read EVER.

***Complete review below. Zero Spoilers***

New to Jack McDevitt? McDevitt is NOT a cheap science fiction writer. He puts a lot of work into the science behind his novels and it shows. He clearly has an understanding of what he's writing about.

The rewards for reading his books are education, beautiful sentences, incredible ideas, and chilling dialogue.

Action movie or Jack McDevitt Novel?

That's the question I h
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Creature
Hello my Deep Space Comrades:
I just finished reading "Deepsix," by Jack McDevitt and I can tell you that this book was a thrilling ride from start to finish. What started out being the observation of a lifetime ends up being the adventure of a lifetime.
The planet Maleiva III is on a collision course with a rogue space body of Jovian dimensions, Morgan's World, that is going to ram into it, obliterating the planet out of existence. A few large luxury Spacecraft are lined up to witness the even
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J
5/10 It's a fun enough science fiction adventure story. However, to manufacture drama, this novel has one fatal flaw. A planet is going to be destroyed. It's famous for that fact. It's been studied for years. Tourists come to gawk at it. Then just a few days before its destruction, some people suddenly notice something on the planet that no one has noticed ever before. It all seemed like a fabricated chase scene after that point. Also, this second novel in the series did not follow up on a gigan ...more
Thompson
People are stranded on a doomed planet, which is about to collide with a gas giant.
This book is like a bad disaster film. There is just one contrived crisis after another. To make it worse, the writing is sub par. The author will refer to someone by first name, then last name, OR will overuse pronouns. It was frequently hard to discern who the subject was in a sentence. Geesh...starting a paragraph with a pronoun??! Please!
Brian Tingley
I've been reading SciFi for over 50 years and this is my first review. I found this book exciting and fun to read because the suspense just kept building and building almost from the start and never let up! I thought I knew how things would go but was never very sure and was frequently surprised by the turn of events. I really enjoyed the characters and their development throughout the story. Good job Mr. McDevitt and thanks!
John
I enjoyed this. I haven't read any of the other books in the series (and I'm not chomping at the bit to do so because of my already-crowded shelves), but I certainly would if the opportunity presents itself.

Action-packed, with engaging and smart characters and above-average dialogue. Clearly there is talent here, and I flew through this novel and was actually a little disappointed when it ended.
Ian Cockerill
Good proper hard science fiction - full of ideas with decent characters and an excting story.

Similar in tone but without quite the same "big" ideas that characterised the Engines of God, the previous and first in this Academy series. Well worth a read if you like Larry Niven, Arthur C Clarke et al.

Really enjoyable - yet again the Goodreads recommendation system scores for me!
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Jack McDevitt is a former English teacher, naval officer, Philadelphia taxi driver, customs officer and motivational trainer. His work has been on the final ballot for the Nebula Awards for 12 of the past 13 years. His first novel, The Hercules Text, was published in the celebrated Ace Specials series and won the Philip K. Dick Special Award. In 1991, McDevitt won the first $10,000 UPC Internation ...more
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