Thursday, March 14 2019
11:00am - 12:30pm
Georgia Tech Library: Crosland Tower Seventh Floor Reading Room
Add To My Calendar
A Conversation about Aliens, AIs and Jack Benny with Sci-Fi Author Jack McDevitt

The Georgia Tech Library is proud to host Nebula Award-winning author Jack McDevitt in the Seventh Floor Reading Room Thursday, March 14 for “A Conversation about Aliens, AIs and Jack Benny with Sci-Fi Author Jack McDevitt.”


The event, which will include a reading of his work, will take place from 11 to 12:30. No registration is required, and there is no cost.


“We’re honored to welcome Jack to the Georgia Tech Library,” said Charlie Bennett, public engagement librarian. “He’s speaking at the Atlanta Science Festival the day before, and we’re excited to allow students, faculty and the public a chance to meet him and discuss his fascinating and celebrated body of work on campus.”


McDevitt is a former English teacher, naval officer, Philadelphia taxi driver, customs officer and motivational trainer. His work has been on the final ballot for the Nebula Awards for 12 of the past 13 years, and he holds 16 nominations in total. His first novel, The Hercules Text, was published in the celebrated Ace Specials series and won the Philip K. Dick Special Award. In 1991, McDevitt won the first $10,000 UPC International Prize for his novella, "Ships in the Night." 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 awards.

McDevitt comes to the Georgia Tech Library to promote the school’s extensive science fiction collection, formed from the donated personal collection of Literature, Media and Communication professor Irving "Bud" Foote in 1998.

From his initial donation, the collection has grown to include thousands of science fiction works and criticism for research and leisure reading. The collection also includes significant periodicals where many science fiction writers have been featured over the years, such as Fantasy & Science FictionAsimov's, and FemSpec.

For more information on McDevitt, visit

Click images in enlarge.