Jack McDevitt is a Philadelphia native. He is a
graduate of LaSalle and holds a masterís in
literature from Wesleyan University. He has been a
naval officer, an English teacher, a customs
officer, and a motivational trainer. He has
directed high school theater groups, appearing,
like Hitchcock, in cameos.
He wrote his first SF story in 1980 at the
suggestion of his wife, Maureen, as an antidote to
the routine of training customs inspectors. "The
Emerson Effect" sold to Twilight Zone
Magazine. Since then, McDevitt says, itís been
downhill all the way. His third story, "The
Jersey Rifle", was described by Charles
Sheffield as "the best chess story ever written."
His fourth, "Cryptic", was a final ballot
Nebula Award nominee.
His first novel, The Hercules Text, won
the Locus Award for best first novel and the Philip
K. Dick Special Award. A revised version, together
with A Talent for War, can be found in the
omnibus volume Hello Out There. "Ships in
the Night" won the first $10,000 UPC
International Prize. The Engines of God was
a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and his
novella "Time Travelers Never Die" was
nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula.
Omega received the John W. Campbell Memorial
Award for best SF novel in 2003. With the
nomination of Echo, his work has been on
the final Nebula ballot nine of the last ten years,
winning the award in 2007 for Seeker.
He is married to the former Maureen McAdams of
Philadelphia. McDevitt and his wife live in