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By the end of the twenty-second century, Earth's ravaged environment has become a time bomb ticking down to global self-destruction. Despite the fortuitous arrival of faster-than-light space travel, the search for a new home has so far located only one candidate--Quraqua, a desolate planet scheduled for terraformation within a few months. For interstellar archaeologist Richard Wald and starship pilot Priscilla Hutchins, the looming renovation threatens critical research on the enigmatic alien ruins on Quraqua and its moon, which include a bizarre false city dubbed Oz. Rousing little interest on Earth and facing an unyielding terraformation committee, Wald and his team undertake a last round of life-threatening expeditions to decipher Oz's secrets before they are swallowed forever by an emerging new world. With plenty of startling plot twists, a heavy dose of intrigue, and an unusual amount of character development for science fiction, McDevitt holds us fast right through to a thrilling finish. The yarn's less pure sf, though, than a rousing archaeological adventure transplanted to another star system.Carl Hays--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10:  0441002846
ISBN-13:  978-0441002849
Author:  Jack McDevitt
Genre:  Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher:  Ace
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review by . May 18, 2000
Once again, Jack McDevitt has provided in "The Engines of God" a ripping good tale that is at once believable, thought provoking, and exciting.Disasters on multiple planets. Clues which suggest unexplained connections. Human conflict and drama. The struggle between pure scientific research and corporate and environmental need/greed. And a universe stranger than one can possibly imagine.All these are themes which run through this well-written and fast paced book.Take up and read!
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