Award-winning science-fiction writer Jack McDevitt will visit Bainbridge State College on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 4:30 p.m.

McDevitt will read from his latest novel, Starhawk, and sign copies of his books afterward in Room 961 in the Student Wellness Center on main campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

McDevitt has published more than 20 books, including six installments in the Alex Benedict series (a seventh is due out in 2014) and seven—now, with the recent publication of Starhawk—featuring Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins series, a handful of stand-alones, and more than 75 short stories, 38 of which are collected in the luminous Cryptic: The Best Short Fiction of Jack McDevitt (2009). In 2012, he published his first collaborative novel, The Cassandra Project, with science-fiction veteran Mike Resnick.

With more than 25 nominations for the science-fiction profession’s top honors, including a Philip K. Dick Special Award for his debut, The Hercules Text, in 1986, a Campbell Award for Omega in 2005, and a Nebula for Seeker in 2006, the author’s reputation in the field is as a pro’s pro.

McDevitt’s humanistic writing reflects the wonders of a world first discovered in the theaters and bookstores of his native South Philadelphia during the chaotic 1940s and ‘50s, the sensibilities of a kid obsessed with science-fiction, weaned on the stories of Robert Heinlein, the Saturday serials, Thrilling Wonder and Startling Stories, and Superman. His novels and short stories are direct links to science fiction’s Golden Age and the work of Asimov, Bradbury and Clarke.

In fact, no less a judge than legendary writer Stephen King has called McDevitt “the logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.”

“The universe we live in is such a wild place,” McDevitt says, explaining his lifelong passion for science fiction. “It’s one of those things that, once you’re hooked, you never recover from.”

The event is sponsored by the 42 Club at Bainbridge State, a group of students, faculty and staff with a particular interest in genre fiction and film—science fiction, fantasy, crime and other popular works.


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