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Cryptic: The Best Short Fiction of Jack McDevitt

by Jack McDevitt

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A large collection, and a very solid one, at 3.51. A few of the better stories will also be recognisable to those that have read a Talent For War or some of the Academy novels. One story left out seems to be Good Intentions, the team-up with Stanley Schmidt, that I think is close to his best.

This book, however, is probably close to 4 times as long as a lot of collections, so a good deal when you at it that way, with a whopping 38 stories.

So, a whole bunch of good solid SF and a few others here, thanks to another Subterranean webscription.

Cryptic : Cryptic - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : The Fort Moxie Branch - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Nothing Ever Happens In Rock City - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Tweak - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Melville on Iapetus - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Lighthouse - Jack McDevitt and Michael Shara
Cryptic : Cool Neighbor - Jack McDevitt and Michael Shara
Cryptic : Whistle - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : In The Tower - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Ignition - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Indomitable - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Last Contact - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Never Despair - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Windows - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Dutchman - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : The Tomb - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Promises To Keep - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : To Hell With The Stars - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : The Mission - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Report From the Rear - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Black to Move - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : The Far Shore - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Sunrise - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Kaminsky At War - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Fifth Day - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Deus Tex - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Gus - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Welcome To Valhalla - Jack McDevitt and Kathryn Lance
Cryptic : Tyger - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Auld Lang Boom - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Cruising Through Deuteronomy - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : The Candidate - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Act of God - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Ellie - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Time's Arrow - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Dead In The Water - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Henry James This One's For You - Jack McDevitt
Cryptic : Time Travellers Never Die - Jack McDevitt

SETI analysis recovery military breakthrough.

4 out of 5

Rare library find.

3. 5 out of 5

SETI Success.

2.5 out of 5

No meddling.

2.5 out of 5

Alien pretty monster statue.

4 out of 5

New warning star girl.

4 out of 5

Sacrificial sister planet discovery completion.

4 out of 5

Old standard contact.

3 out of 5

Fishbowl beastmeld takeover.

3.5 out of 5

Blowup idol.

3 out of 5

Interstellar SETI giveup scrapheap.

3 out of 5

Raygun funeral.

3 out of 5

Holo advice from Churchill.

4 out of 5

Hi-tech info rediscovery.

2.5 out of 5

A Talent For War's end.

4.5 out of 5

Ruler's religious symbol.

2.5 out of 5

Callisto christmas action tape vacation.

4 out of 5

SF dreams.

3 out of 5

Astronaut virus landing.

3.5 out of 5

Dodgy media space war reportage.

3.5 out of 5

Cat people's gambit.

4 out of 5

OTR tribute.

4.5 out of 5

Antimatter hypership pseudo-nova fightback.

4.5 out of 5

The Shadow deals out some local Noks.

4 out of 5

Life improbable.

3 out of 5

Don't burgle Thor's joint.

4 out of 5

Saint AI theology.

3 out of 5

Wagner holocaust view.

3 out of 5

Wanna make a cosmos?

3.5 out of 5

"Anyone who worries that the U.S. is headed for collapse can relax. It is raining on the rubble."

3 out of 5

No time for Samson's haircut.

3 out of 5

AI politics.

3.5 out of 5

Cosm creator cleanout.

4 out of 5

Element of tower guard uncertainty.

4 out of 5

Arrival is dangerous.

3 out of 5

Kid longevity project debate.

3.5 out of 5

AI's war story.

4.5 out of 5

Paradox pyre problems.

4 out of 5

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A 200,000 word gathering of the best short fiction by Jack McDevitt.

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