Military Science Fiction

Jack McDevittJack McDevitt


Jack McDevitt is a Philadelphia native. He has been, among other things, a naval officer, an English teacher, a customs officer, and a taxi driver. Over a period of twelve years, he conducted leadership and management seminars for the US Customs Service. He started writing novels when Terry Carr invited him to participate in the celebrated Ace Specials series. His contribution was The Hercules Text, which won the Philip K. Dick Special Award. McDevitt has produced twelve additional novels since then. Six of them, including the last four, have qualified for the final Nebula ballot. Seeker won in 2007. In 2004, Omega took the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best SF novel. Altogether he has been on the final Nebula ballot thirteen times. His most recent books are Odyssey and Cauldron , both Priscilla Hutchins adventures; and Outbound, a collection. McDevitt won the first international UPC competition for “Ships in the Night.” He has also been the recipient of the Phoenix and SESFA awards for his body of work. His interests include, especially, chess, classical history,  and the sciences. A diehard Phillies fan since the days of the Whiz Kids, he is married to the former Maureen McAdams, and resides in Brunswick, Georgia, where he keeps a weather eye on hurricanes.