Download e-book for iPad: Ancient Shores (Ancient Shores, Book 1) by Jack McDevitt

By Jack McDevitt

November 2007 Retail ePub

It became up in a North Dakota wheat box: a triangle, like a shark's fin, sticking up from the black loam. Tom Lasker did what any farmer may have performed. He dug it up. And came upon a ship, made up of a fiberglass-like fabric with an completely most unlikely atomic quantity. What it used to be doing buried lower than a dozen ft of prairie soil thousand miles from any ocean, nobody knew. real, Tom Lasker's wheat box had as soon as been at the coastline of a good inland sea, yet that was once many years in the past -- 10000 years ago.A go back to technology fiction on a grand scale, equivalent to the easiest of Heinlein, Simak, and Clarke, old beaches is the main formidable and fascinating SF triumph of the last decade, a daring speculative event that doesn't slash from the large questions -- and the large solutions.

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Pham wished that she hadn't told the boy the truth about herself, because he was obviously lying to her. " she scoffed. " The boy laughed. "No, really. Many years ago, when Level Eleven was the upper deck, this spaceship crash-landed, ah-cha? Rather than move it, they built around it. " The way he said the doctor's name made Pham think that she should have heard of him. " she asked. "Don't you know anything? Dr Rao is a very famous man on Bengal Station. He is a doctor with a Big Heart. " Pham cocked her head and regarded the boy dubiously.

The scent of cooking spices, wafted on the warm night air, reminded him he hadn't eaten since noon. Half a kilometre ahead, Nazruddin's faulty, flickering neon promised ice-cold Blue Mountain beer. He was tempted, but he knew that one beer would turn in to three, and he'd be late meeting Kapinsky, and then late home... And Sukara, in her present condition, wasn't likely to be too forgiving. He caught a dropchute to Level Two, crammed into the cage with a gaggle of near-naked, ash-coated sadhu mendicants.

Life with Sukara had made him even less materialistic than of old, and the reminder that for so many citizens what mattered was the pursuit of wealth and possessions he found dispiriting. He smiled as he stepped from the balcony and shut the sliding glass door behind him. He'd just accepted an extravagantly paid job and taken the lease on a luxurious new apartment. He wondered if he was as shallow as those around him. He found the answer later that evening, when he and Sukara had eaten a sublime dhal and aloo masala.

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