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Hello Out There

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Here, together in a single volume, are the two novels that launched Jack McDevitt's reputation as a writer of suspenseful, thoughtful, sense-of-wonder science fiction. Hello, Out There contains The Hercules Text, winner of the 1986 Philip K. Dick Special Award, and A Talent for War. The Hercules Text has been totally rewritten and updated for this edition. Most of us are a...more
Hardcover, 669 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Meisha Merlin Publishing
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This is a nifty book. It consists of two novels: Hercules Text and A Talent for War. In an author's note, McDevitt writes that he has updated The Hercules Text from its original edition. It's a fine novel that raises all sorts of interesting issues.

Harry Carmichael is a respected administrator at a site called Skynet that examines space for evidence of other life forms. One day they see evidence that a million light years away, some alien intelligence has manipulated a star's light output in a p...more
This volume collects McDevitt's first two novels, THE HERCULES TEXT and A TALENT FOR WAR. The former, his first, was extensively revised from its 1985 first appearance for this edition in 2000, to reflect the newer computer technologies and political climate. (By now, of course, all of that has changed again, so it can be read as an alternate-history piece for anyone who's too hung up on such continuity.)It's a very thoughtful piece, examining the religious, economic, political, and scientific r...more
An 'ok' story - a revised edition of 'The Hercules Text' updated for 2000 era political and technology changes. An interesting read but not particularly enthralling. A few nice concepts are presented and as long as you don't dwell too heavily on the implementation details then the technological and theoretical ideas are reasonable sound and researched.

A good read if between books. But some aspects of the story (I think) are still not quite as relevant/effective as they might have been if read i...more
Nathan Barker
A 2-in-1 omnibus edition containing McDevitt's The Hercules Text and A Talent for War. Of the two novels, I felt that A Talent for War was the far better story and would have preferred to read it separately.

While both novels deal with human contact with an alien species, there the similarity ends. They are otherwise unconnected, lumped together by a loose theme rather than any relationship of the story lines.

Jack's 1st 2 books: 1. The Hercules Text revised edition and 2. A Talent for War the first Alex Benedict novel.
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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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