Odyssey (novel)

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Odyssey is a science fiction novel by American writer Jack McDevitt. It was a Nebula Award nominee for 2007.[1][2] It is set in the 23rd century and "explores the immorality of big business and the short-sightedness of the American government in minimizing support for space travel."

Literary significance and reception[edit]

Carl Hays reviewing in Booklist said "McDevitt's energetic character-driver prose serves double duty by exploring Earth's future political climate and forecasting the potential dangers awaiting humanity among the stars".[3] Kirkus Reviews was slightly more critical calling it "a low-key, reasonably surprising and involving tale, although not among McDevitt's best."[4] Jackie Cassada reviewing for Library Journal wrote "the author of Chindi and other novels featuring the Academy succeeds in visualizing a believable future of space exploration as well as believable personalities whose lives and loves put a human face on scientific speculation."[5]

Odyssey was nominated for both the Nebula and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards in 2007.[2]


  1. ^ "2007 SFWA(R) Final Nebula Awards(R) Ballot -- Public edition". Archived from the original on 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  2. ^ a b "2007 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  3. ^ Hays, Carl (October 1, 2006). "Odyssey". Booklist. 103 (3): 45. ISSN 0006-7385. 
  4. ^ "ODYSSEY". Kirkus Reviews. 74 (18): 934. September 15, 2006. ISSN 0042-6598. 
  5. ^ Cassada, Jackie (October 15, 2006). "Odyssey". Library Journal. 131 (17): 54–55. 

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