Ancient Shores

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HarperCollins, Oct 23, 1996 - Fiction - 384 pages

It turned up in a North Dakota wheat field: a triangle, like a shark's fin, sticking up from the black loam. Tom Lasker did what any farmer would have done. He dug it up. And discovered a boat, made of a fiberglass-like material with an utterly impossible atomic number. What it was doing buried under a dozen feet of prairie soil two thousand miles from any ocean, no one knew. True, Tom Lasker's wheat field had once been on the shoreline of a great inland sea, but that was a long time ago -- ten thousand years ago.

A return to science fiction on a grand scale, reminiscent of the best of Heinlein, Simak, and Clarke, Ancient Shores is the most ambitious and exciting SF triumph of the decade, a bold speculative adventure that does not shrink from the big questions -- and the big answers.

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User Review  - ChrisRiesbeck - LibraryThing

Two things surprised me about this book: that it was Nebula nominee, and that the sequel didn't come out for 9 years. I usually enjoy McDevitt in novel form, but this was pedestrian and only seemed to ... Read full review

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User Review  - AnnieMod - LibraryThing

When you are turning the soil on your farm you expect to find rocks. Or some trash. What you do not expect is a yacht - complete with sails and rigging. And when the yacht leads to more artifact ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Jack McDevitt is the author of A Talent for War, The Engines of God, Ancient Shores, Eternity Road, Moonfall, and numerous prize-winning short stories. He has served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, taught English and literature, and worked for the U.S. Customs Service in North Dakota and Georgia.

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