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(The Academy #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  3,963 ratings  ·  237 reviews
In the year 2204, tragedy and terror forced a scientific team to prematurely evacuate Maleiva Ill. Twenty-one years later, the opportunity for scientists to study this galactic rarity—a life-supporting planet—is about to vanish forever as a rogue gas giant has invaded the planetary system on a deadly collision course with the world they are now calling Deepsix.

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Mass Market Paperback, 508 pages
Published January 2002 by Eos (first published September 2000)
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Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very sturdy sequel to The Engines of God. In this second outing for Academy pilot Priscilla Hutchins, a rogue moon is hurtling toward Maleiva III, one of the few known planets in the galaxy capable of supporting life. Hutchins flies a team of scientists down to the surface to gather as much data as they can before the catastrophe hits, but an accident leaves them stranded and they only have one slim chance of escaping in time – if the planet doesn’t kill them first.
The plot of Deepsix follows
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-shelf, sci-fi
The best thing I can say about McDevitt's SF is that it's always consistent, rich, and adventuresome.

While I never expect anything wild or any the pushing of the boundaries, I can always enjoy planetary exploration and the archeology of ancient, long-dead alien races. It's a mystery wrapped in interesting physical dimensions for worlds, such as this one. It's much more massive than earth but the density is still within the perfect zone... and yet we know everything has to go to hell.

Yep. More d
Mar 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, sci-fi, library, dnf, 1-star
I struggled way too much to want to continue. This sequel perpetuated all the shortcomings from the first novel, and did not even bother to continue with where that book left off.

Deepsix suffered from really stupid characters, lowbrow plotting, and used the exact same disasters from the first novel (view spoiler). The names and places are different, but the game is still let's-guess-who-the-Red-Shirts-are-gonna-be
Dec 03, 2011 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 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 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
Fred Hughes
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great story about the results of an ad hoc mission to explore a doomed planet and the results when your resources are slowly lost and you are under attack. An innovative solution arises and then the countdown begins to see if they can be saved.
Maggie K
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sffbc-timetravel
Wow, I enjoyed this so much. A lot of action laying out in a mostly realistic manner.
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
James Mourgos
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Glen Robinson
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Secondo capitolo della saga dell'accademia. Di cui solo il primo e il sesto sono stati tradotti in italiano (Urania). E quindi L'HO LETTO IN INGLESE.

Sono incappato in McDevitt per caso. Nella bellissima biblioteca di Malcesine, nel mucchio dei libri in regalo, ci ho trovato il volume più recente pubblicato da Urania. Il sesto capitolo. Così ho iniziato dal sei. Purtroppo visto che mi sono praticamente spoilerato un po' di cosette.

Poi mi son letto l'uno, sempre Urania, e finalmente sono approda
Scott Holstad
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Good, but definitely not McDevitt's best.
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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Vincent Riddle
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, 8, ebooks, sf
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
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Veach Glines
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nobody
As template-driven action, it barely qualifies. And, as a victim of sequelitus, it does what the first one spades. What we have here (again) is a group of "highly qualified" experts and a small amount of rocket scientists who (continually) fail to use any common sense until they escape at the last moment buy McGuyver-ing and non-psychics-ing. I have serious doubts about the third book.
Vincent Stoessel
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 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.
Benjamin Edwards
Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Fuck that pompous hypocrite Gregory McCallister.

I wouldn't hate him so much if I wasn't 80% sure it's Jack McDevitt's Mary Sue.
Malcolm Little
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m not the type who expects a sequel to be filler designed to merely develop characters for better use in later installments. Especially in the world of book publishing, unless signed to a multi-installment deal, readers like myself expect a sequel to try its damnedest to equal or top the virgin predecessor.

It’s the very nature of multi-part deals that lead to stories like Deepsix. Here in Deepsix we have McDevitt engaging in Round 2, but rather than meaningfully expand on the main story arc i
Karl Ljungberg
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who really need to read all Academy books
Shelves: academy, adventure, sci-fi
I read The Engines of God because I had an interest in "xenoarchaeology" and it was one of the few books that was repeatedly recommended for this subject in particular. It was a narrow selection to be sure and when I heard there was a whole series of books in this series, I was quite excited. The fact that The Engines of God turned out to be quite interesting for the most part, only sold me further on the series.

But I had some issues with the first book, which you can read in my review of it, bu
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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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