Infinity Beach

Jack McDevitt, Author
Jack McDevitt, Author Eos $25 (448p) ISBN 978-0-06-105123-4
Reviewed on: 01/31/2000
Release date: 02/01/2000
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 528 pages - 978-0-06-156782-7
Open Ebook - 528 pages - 978-0-06-156779-7
Mass Market Paperbound - 510 pages - 978-0-06-102005-6
Ebook - 528 pages - 978-0-06-182828-7
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HA thousand years in the future, on the terraformed planet Greenaway, humanity has everything to make itself comfortable and complacent--longevity, leisure and luxury are all readily available. But one question remains: Is humanity alone in the universe? Kimberly Brandywine doesn't necessarily believe in aliens, until she hears that her missing elder ""sister,"" of whom she's a clone, may have been murdered, along with some crewmates, by celestial beings after a voyage aboard a space yacht. Her sister/clone's disappearance has long haunted Kim, whose search for the truth takes her underwater and into space, loses her a lover and causes her to commit crimes (including stealing a spaceship). Kim's efforts to solve the mystery of the vanishing and to make first contact with the aliens presumably behind it are hampered by the general malaise society has sunk into. And since death appears to follow in the wake of the aliens, Kim wavers about whether first contact will be beneficial or will destroy civilization as she knows it. McDevitt (Eternity Road) has created a future that is technologically sound and filled with hubristic, foolish people who make choices based more on how they will look to history than on what's best for it. Though his aliens are insubstantial (both physically and on the page), the mystery of what happened to Kim's sister and her fellow celestial seekers unfolds as precisely as an origami flower, and will hold readers in thrall. (Feb.)
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