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Old 02-17-2011, 10:36 PM   #1
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Discovering advanced ancient civilizations, scifi/fantasy

On Earth or on other planets. I've never read anything like it; the subject just popped into my mind.
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:44 PM   #2
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Eifelheim by Michael Flynn
Seeker by Jack McDevitt
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:49 PM   #3
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James P. Hogan's Giants series does just that. In order as follows:

"Inherit the Stars"
"The Gentle Giants of Ganymede"
"Giants' Star"
"Entoverse"

The omnibus editions "The Two Moons" contains the first two and "The Two Worlds" contains the third and fourth. Available at Baen.com.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:46 PM   #4
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Many, many books with that subject, but the first to come to mind for me was my most recently read-- Ancient Shores by Jack McDevitt. Then the Heechee books.
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:16 AM   #5
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I just love the hechee series, great books. I'd add to the list A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Fire_Upon_the_Deep.
Dan Simon's Hyperion is another book that comes to mind...
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:13 AM   #6
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One of the most chilling short stories about a lost civilization I have ever read is "Ozymandius" by Robert Silverberg which was published in The History of the Science Fiction Magazine: Part 4, 1956-1965. It first appeared in Infinity Magazine, November 1958.

Ozymandius in this story is a robot left over from a dead civilisation. At certain points there are brief quotes of the famous poem by Shelley. However, the poem and the story are given an unexpected and powerful twist.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:04 PM   #7
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Another plug for McDevitt. He does the whole discovery thing very well.

Also Greg Bear's "Eon." The series gets weird but it started great.

Or Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle's "The Mote in God's Eye."
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:46 PM   #8
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Thanks, I'll check those out.
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Old 02-18-2011, 07:55 PM   #9
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Simmon's Hyperion, definitely.

Niven's Ringworld?
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:09 PM   #10
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David Weber's "Dahak" series is worth a look.

Another one, which is a gentle easy read, is "Across a Billion Years" by Robert Silverberg
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:49 PM   #11
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Off the top of my head I would suggest the following books:

Rendezvous With Rama By Arthur C. Clarke
Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
Total Eclipse by John Brunner
The Book Of Kells By R. A. MacAvoy

And I would also include Burrough's Pellucidar Series.
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Sawyer, Robert J - Starplex
Reynolds, Alastair - Pushing Ice
Gibson, Gary - Shoal (series)
Carver, J A - The Chaos Chronicles (series)

"Protector" and "The World of Ptavvs" both from Larry Niven. They fit more or less in this category and can be read before or after the Ringworld series (which is my favorite SF series).
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:44 AM   #13
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Another recent book I read is;

Exiles (The Progenitor Trilogy book 1) - Dan Worth
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Not recent, but a good 'un:

Contact by Carl Sagan
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An influential book from an archeological concept would be H. Beam Piper's _Omnilingual_ which is available in an omnibus edition of his works here:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47980
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