ETERNITY ROAD BY JACK MCDEVITT PDF

McDevitt has been a taxi driver, a naval officer, an English teacher, a customs officer, and a motivational trainer. Currently, he lives with his wife and three children in Brunswick, GA. Eternity Road is no different. Although the archeology may be lacking, the discovery of the past is the impetus for the entire novel.

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McDevitt has been a taxi driver, a naval officer, an English teacher, a customs officer, and a motivational trainer. Currently, he lives with his wife and three children in Brunswick, GA. Eternity Road is no different. Although the archeology may be lacking, the discovery of the past is the impetus for the entire novel.

The Mississippian civilization of Illyria exists in a post-apocalyptic world in which civilization is just beginning to raise its head. Although Illyrian society is not fully described by McDevitt, its most salient point for the purposes of the novel is the existence of the Imperium, a Medieval style college which tries to understand the artefacts left behind by the previous "Roadmaker" civilization.

Along with the idea of the Roadmakers is the belief in a lost Edenesque community, Haven, somewhere in the far Northeast. As the novel opens, Karik Endine returns, the sole survivor of a failed attempt to discover Haven. When Karik dies ten years later, the discovery of a copy of the Roadmaker book, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court , along with a series of sketches, causes some Illyrians to believe that Karik may indeed have discovered Haven.

A small band of six set off in search of the mythical city. For the most part, McDevitt's story and style flow well. Both are interrupted occasionally by the intrusion of the narrator's voice, either as a parenthetical aside or, once, in the form of a footnote. Had McDevitt written the entire book as an history of the second Haven expedition, or left these intrusions out entirely, the book would have fit together better.

On the other hand, there are certain points in the quest where McDevitt's descriptions and situations are evocative of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Most notably when the band leaves the Crooked Man, a tavern at the edge of Illyrian society, and when the group must try to cross a tributary of the Wabash River.

McDevitt's nomenclature is also a little weak. Nearly all place names are either kept in the modern form Chicago, Memphis, etc. The only place name which seems to have simply undergone a transformation is "Nyagra.

McDevitt's characters are somewhat two-dimensional, although some of them are still interesting. It is obvious that McDevitt considers Chaka, the woman who instigates the expedition to be most interesting, but I found the scholar Silas Glote and the ex-priestess Avila to show much more potential.

In the semi-literate society, books hold a strange place. Even those who can't read seem to understand their importance to society and rebuilding. Although this is admirable, it does not seem highly likely. While I can believe that everyone would hold the remnants of Roadmaker towns and roads in awe, those who are illiterate should look upon books as curiosities, nothing more.

Eternity Road is one of those sad books which seems to show a lot of potential, but whose execution does not fulfill that potential. Instead of being an examination of today's society or a look at the past, it comes across as something of a standard quest novel.

In the past, McDevitt has shown himself capable of better. He sits on concoms for Windycon, Chicon and Clavius in and is co-chair of Picnicon Steven will be serving as the Programming Chairman for Chicon In addition to maintaining several bibliographies and the Harry Turtledove website, Steven is trying to get his short stories published and has recently finished his first novel.

He lives at home with his wife and books. He is available for convention panels. If you find any errors, typos or other stuff worth mentioning, please send it to editor sfsite. A review by Steven H Silver Advertisement.

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In the year of the post-apocalyptic world as Silas Glote knows it, few things are as valuable as the only surviving copy of a Mark Twain novel. An even greater mystery is why Karik bequeathed it to Chaka Milana, a young woman he barely knew, just before he killed himself. Among the other legends and rumors that captivate the imaginations of those who live in the Mississippi Valley is the existence of a place called Haven, a repository of knowledge somewhere to the east. Karik once led an expedition to find Haven; he returned alone. They have no difficulty, for instance, understanding A Connecticut Yankee.

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By Jack McDevitt. The Roadmakers left only ruins behind -- but what magnificent ruins! Their concrete highways still cross the continent. Their cups, combs and jewelry are found in every Illyrian home. They left behind a legend,too -- a hidden sanctuary called Haven, where even now the secrets of their civilization might still be found.

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Eternity Road , published in , is a science fiction novel written by Jack McDevitt. A group of explorers sets out on an expedition to find a legendary haven of knowledge and ancient wisdom, and in the process learn more about the people they only remember as " the Roadmakers ". In a post-apocalypse North America where almost everyone was killed by a plague over 1, years prior, little is known about the ancient "Roadmaker" civilization that is said to have built the devastated ruins of enormous cities, and the magnificent roads that still cover the landscape. In the valley of the Mississippi River , a number of towns have united again, trade and science have begun anew.

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