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Old 04-14-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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Science Fiction - First Civilizations

Looking for novels/short stories that somehow or another involve a race or civilization other than our own which is now extinct/otherwise gone.

Ancient tech, dig sites, mysterious clues, you know, that sort of thing.

Said civilization can be alien or Terrestrial in origin. Does this sort of thing exist?
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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There's the standard stuff like "The Mountains o' Madness" (really anything by Lovecraft could fit your bill) & "the Sentinel" but you've probably read those already.
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You might like Larry Niven's Ringworld novels
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The "Progenitors" by Dan Worth

"Dahak" series by David Weber

A couple of good ones for you.

Another one, a real classic, is Robert Silverberg's "Across a Billion years"
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:59 PM   #5
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Encounter at Dawn and History Lesson both short stories by Arthur C. Clarke are good ones.
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H. Rider Haggard - When the world shook - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1368
Rene Barjavel - The Ice People
James P. Hogan - Inherit the Stars (and sequels)
David Weber - Empire from the Ashes (AKA, the Dahak Trilogy) particulary volume one: Mutineer's Moon
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:21 PM   #7
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Andre Norton's Time Traders series, the first two books are free at Baen and Amazon as one volume.

All four ebooks can be downloaded free from Feedbooks.
1. The Times Traders
2. Galactic Derelict
3. The Defiant Agents
4. Key out of Time

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Old 04-15-2013, 01:30 AM   #8
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Keep 'em comming guys! Personally I can recommend The Ice People and Ringworld as already suggested.
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Looking for novels/short stories that somehow or another involve a race or civilization other than our own which is now extinct/otherwise gone.

Ancient tech, dig sites, mysterious clues, you know, that sort of thing.

Said civilization can be alien or Terrestrial in origin. Does this sort of thing exist?
a favorite, read when young

"the tetralogy Tschai, Planet of Adventure. Written by Jack Vance, it tells of the efforts of the sole survivor of the destruction of a human starship to return to Earth from the distant planet Tschai.

Adam Reith is stranded on Tschai, a distant planet shared by four alien, mutually hostile, advanced species (the Chasch, Wankh, Dirdir and native Pnume). On his quest to get home, he acquires two human companions, Traz Onmale, a teenage barbarian chieftain, and Ankhe at afram Anacho, an outcast Dirdirman..."

the Pnume are favorites for me,- in the dark deep naturally
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Thunderhead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

4 1/2 stars on Amazon. Archeology team discovers ancient civilization in Utah's canyon country.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:12 PM   #12
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Jack McDevitt has a few similar to what you're looking for. Deepsix and The Engines of God are two that come to mind.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:49 PM   #13
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Greg Bear's Eon comes to mind but there are aliens and then there are not-quite-aliens.
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That's way more than I was expecting already, thanks!

Which would say lean more toward psychology/theology and which toward being space operas?
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That's way more than I was expecting already, thanks!

Which would say lean more toward psychology/theology and which toward being space operas?
Ice People.
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