Cauldron

Cauldron

Book - 2007
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Penguin Putnam
The year is 2255. The academy that trained the starfarers is long gone and veteran star pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins spends her retirement supporting fund-raising efforts for The Prometheus Foundation, a privately funded organization devoted to deep space exploration.

But when a young physicist unveils an efficient star drive capable of reaching the core of the galaxy, Hutch finds herself back in the deepest reaches of space, and on the verge of discovering the origins of the deadly Omega clouds that continue to haunt her.

Baker & Taylor
When a young physicist comes up with an efficient star drive capable of reaching the core of the galaxy, retired star pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins embarks on a perilous mission into the far reaches of outer space to uncover the origins of the deadly Omega clouds.

Blackwell North Amer
By 2255, the age of starflight is over. The Academy of Science and Technology has collapsed, and the only efforts at space exploration are carried on by privately funded foundations.
Then a young physicist named Jon Silvestri comes forward, insisting that an abandoned prototype for a much more efficient star drive is workable. Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins, now a fundraiser for the Prometheus Foundation, persuades the group to back him - and he is proven right. The new drive works. The Cauldron - the very core of the galaxy - is now only three months away.
At long last, the mystery of the deadly omega clouds that have devastated the galaxy for centuries can be penetrated. Soon, a handful of brave men and women begin a journey fraught with danger, into the heart of the Cauldron where the truth about the clouds can be found.
And Priscilla Hutchins is one of them...

Baker
& Taylor

When a young physicist comes up with an efficient star drive capable of reaching the core of the galaxy, retired star pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins once again embarks on a perilous mission into the far reaches of outer space to uncover the origins of the deadly Omega clouds, in the follow-up to Odyssey.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780441015252
0441015255
Branch Call Number: SF MCDEVITT
Characteristics: 373 p.

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mammothhawk229e
Sep 04, 2016

That's it? What a cop-out ending. I expected something more.

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Feb 14, 2013

Cauldron --- by Jack mcDevitt --- When mcDevitt wants to write, for sure he can. This novel has all the elements of classic Science Fiction in the best tradition of Heinlein, Asimov, Farmer and Niven. There’s Science (not fantasy); there’s suspense (will this new-fangled invention actually work?); there’s mystery (just exactly what is this thing?) and there’s plenty of action (you’ll have to discover this for yourself). mcDevitt writes his SF as more than one series: the differences are significant For my money this book from the Academy Novels is the better of the lot: the pace is faster: there’s more going on; its a little more credible (imagine being able to say that about SF). His Wikipedia entry credits him as having written six novels in this series. That means there are four more volumes left to go. Whoopee!

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