From Nebula Award winner Jack McDevitt comes the eighth installment in the popular The Academy series—Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins discovers an interstellar message from a highly advanced race that could be her last chance for a mission before the program is shut down for good.
Hutch has been the Academy’s best pilot for decades. She’s had numerous first contact encounters and even became a minor celebrity. But world politics have shifted from exploration to a growing fear that the program will run into an extraterrestrial race more advanced than humanity and war.
Despite taking part in the recent scientific breakthrough that rejuvenates the human body and expands one’s lifespan, Hutch finds herself as a famous interstellar pilot with little to do, until a message from an alien race arrives.
The message is a piece of music from an unexplored area. Despite the fact that this alien race could pose a great danger and that this message could have taken several thousand years to travel, the program prepares the last interstellar ship for the journey. As the paranoia grows, Hutch and her crew make an early escape—but what they find at the other end of the galaxy is completely unexpected.
About the Author
Jack McDevitt is the Nebula Award–winning author of The Academy series, including The Long Sunset. He attended La Salle University, then joined the Navy, drove a cab, became an English teacher, took a customs inspector’s job on the northern border, and didn’t write another word for a quarter-century. He received a master’s degree in literature from Wesleyan University in 1971. He returned to writing when his wife, Maureen, encouraged him to try his hand at it in 1980. Along with winning the Nebula Award in 2006, he has also been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award. In 2015 he was awarded the Robert A. Heinlein Award for Lifetime Achievement. He and his wife live near Brunswick, Georgia.
"Despite its placement in the 23rd century, this long but accessible and optimistic eighth volume in McDevitt’s series featuring interstellar pilot Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins recounts a very timely victory for scientific advancement and universal compassion over xenophobia. Academy fans will appreciate this solid addition to the series."
" An ideal candidate for book club type discussions, this is the kind of literature that science fiction fans love to debate. The Long Sunset continues the author’s long-standing prominence in influential works of science fiction."
"A solidly engrossing entry in this agreeable and reliable series."
"McDevitt offers a unique take on aliens and how civilizations might arise on other planets, an unexpected and interesting choice in the realm of space-based science fiction."
"McDevitt’s realistic approach to crafting a future where the galaxy is open to us but possibly beyond our ability to comprehend has made him a distinct, welcome voice in the gene,and whether you’re a longtime fan or a first time reader, this is a classic space adventure in the best sense of the term."