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Deepsix (The Academy #2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  3,416 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
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 quali ...more
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Published June 15th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published September 2000)
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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
Dec 03, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
This is an exciting story with a slew of interesting concepts. A life-bearing planet with fierce, interesting predators; remnants of an intelligent but not very advanced civilization; further remains of an advanced technological race; and a rogue gas giant about to collide with this planet. We meet up again with Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins, 20 years after her last escapade in The Engines of God. Hutch leads a “pick-up” team to the planet surface to gather whatever archeological artifacts they can ...more
An Odd1
Jul 05, 2013 An Odd1 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"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
Clark Hallman
Oct 15, 2013 Clark Hallman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Melissa McShane
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
This is the second Priscilla Hutchins novel, also known as Academy series #2, for the Academy of Science & Technology, which employs Hutchins as a super-luminal (i.e. faster-than-light) starship pilot and part-time explorer. Despite living in an era of highly advanced technology in the fields of anti-gravity, personal force-fields, and medical longevity treatments, it still takes weeks or even months in hyperspace to travel between star systems, and complications are inevitably encountered w ...more
Feb 14, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Nov 22, 2014 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Glen Robinson
Dec 24, 2015 Glen Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read The Engines of God by McDevitt, this basically takes off right after that story, which is ironic, because I believe he wrote this story first. In any case, a rogue planet is scheduled to collide with another one called Maleiva III (also known as Deepsix) in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, a local spaceship that doesn't have a landing craft reports seeing ruins of buildings on the planet below. The Academy of Science and Technology decides to send Hutch, the hero of The Engines of ...more
Guillaume Jay
Mar 29, 2012 Guillaume Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 23, 2013 Dawson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-space
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
Apr 09, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2014 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, 8, sf, 2014
While I admit that I think I prefer the Alex Benedict books (there's a new one coming at the end of the year, yay!), I'm still enjoying going back and reading the Priscilla/Academy ones. There was a very healthy amount of peril here and I enjoyed the survival tale. Happily, there was still enough puzzle solving regarding the history of the planet to satisfy me, because that's the part I like most about Jack McDevitt's books - having some kind of SF mystery, usually archaeological, that needs sol ...more
Cupof Tea
first finished August 2010

Disastrous first contact with the wildlife on a planet meant the Academy has not explored it for many years. It's only once they revisit the site in order to record its collision with a gas giant that they discover evidence of past civilization and need someone to go down to the surface and record as much information as possible before it is lost forever. Enter Priscilla Hutchins, known as Hutch, to lead an under-supplied team to Deepsix, while a superluminal cruise ful
Aug 17, 2012 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vincent Stoessel
Sep 19, 2010 Vincent Stoessel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2010 Tamahome added it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jonathan Forisha
May 06, 2017 Jonathan Forisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those novels where some things don't make much sense after the fact, but it's so well written that while you're reading it you just go along for the ride.

I really enjoyed the characterization of everyone, and as the novel progresses the cast of characters gets quite long. No matter how minor a character, though, McDevitt takes the time to make them feel like a real person. As big a SF fan as I am, I much prefer the works that take time to make their characters feel human as oppose
Oct 06, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ciencia ficción de aventuras, muy en la línea del primero de la saga pero mejor resuelto. Si en el primero sobraban páginas, aquí ha logrado la justa medida y, lo que parece que sobra, es solo para hacerte soñar en lo que se ha perdido. En consonancia con el acontecimiento principal de la historia. Poca cosa. Un choque de planetas de nada...

Tras un prólogo ambientado unos años antes en el que nos da un atisbo de la exploración del planeta Deepsix, nos ponemos en materia. Varias naves esperan par
Scott Holstad
May 31, 2015 Scott Holstad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in The Academy series and I loved it. Hutch, the space ship pilot from the first novel, is back, a number of years later, still piloting ships around for the Academy.

A back plot. An earth-like planet is found and a group of scientists found to explore it, but they're nearly all killed by bird-like creatures. One scientist named Nightingale remained alive. Fast forward twenty years. In the same system, this same earth-like planet is about to collide with a huge planet floa
May 29, 2017 Jonas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining, but not believable. Written with a very euro-centric set of characters, except for an asian, who was killed off. Hardly believe that many hundreds of years from now, space would be largely full of just europeans. Author should have cut the book in half and edit out the run-on concepts and content which make no sense and the story would have been more entertaining.
Mark Easter
Dec 13, 2014 Mark Easter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 wha

Bill Tiberius Green
Jul 30, 2015 Bill Tiberius Green rated it it was ok
Well, I'll preface this by saying that I'm a big fan of Jack McDevitt, but this review might seem a little harsh.
I've read the entire Academy Series, and I wanted to go through it again.
That being said, from a literary standpoint I'd have to call this one of the weaker novels in the series.
Previously, I'd read a hardcover copy of the book, and I rated it three stars.
Although as a standalone novel, I might have rated it higher, I felt that this novel was very like the first. The storylines are s
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
Aaron Million
Aug 13, 2014 Aaron Million rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Kristian_André Gallis
A book to enjoy

Jack McDevitt delivers here as well. I will not give it five stars, because it is not good enough. I can not pinpoint what it lacks, but I will still recommend this book.
Nov 13, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Apr 08, 2008 Coleman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jack-mcdevitt
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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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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