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Deepsix by Jack McDevitt
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Dec 27, 08

bookshelves: sf
Read in December, 2008

McDevitt is quickly becoming one of my favorite recent SF authors. He's pretty solid on the science. Apart from a few inventions like faster-than-light travel which are necessary for the plot, he sticks pretty close to a realistic appraisal of how things would work - and does a fascinating job depicting alien archaeology. He's also good at blending a pretty solid action story with the conceptual stuff.

This one has a crew investigating an abandoned planet about to get crushed by a gas giant careening through the system. They discover ruins of an alien civilization, go down to explore, and get stuck on the planet. They're forced to race (literally going on foot through alien forests) to an old abandoned ship to try and escape. Various twists and turns ensue, all of which feel reasonable - and the excitement steadily builds.

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