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Old 04-16-2013, 10:21 AM   #16
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Arthur C. Clark's Rama series
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:55 PM   #17
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I'm lucky enough to work at a library with a modestly well-known SFF collection so I went and found:

Across a Billion Years
The Time Traders
The Engines of God
Inherit the Stars
an Arthur C Clarke short story anthology

...and then Jack McDevitt's Chindi since it was just right by Engines of God and I couldn't resist.

Thanks for the recommendations, everyone!
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:59 PM   #18
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Dragon's Egg and its sequel Starquake by Robert L. Forward deal with an alien civilization and has some religious elements.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:21 AM   #19
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I'm lucky enough to work at a library with a modestly well-known SFF collection so I went and found:

Across a Billion Years
The Time Traders
The Engines of God
Inherit the Stars
an Arthur C Clarke short story anthology

...and then Jack McDevitt's Chindi since it was just right by Engines of God and I couldn't resist.

Thanks for the recommendations, everyone!
You are lucky. When I was a kid, I could walk or ride my bike a mile or 2 and go the the library in the capital of the state where I lived. Sometimes I would just walk through the stacks reading the titles looking for something that sounded interesting.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:47 PM   #20
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Ruins: Extraterrestrial from Hadley Rille Books has a lot of that kind of stuff.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:32 PM   #21
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Ruins: Extraterrestrial from Hadley Rille Books has a lot of that kind of stuff.
Thanks for the link.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:46 AM   #22
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I really liked Dan Worth's Progenitor trilogy. It starts off a tad slow but becomes insanely epic as it goes.

''Katherine O'Reilly and Rekkid Cor. Human and Arkari. Archaeologists with a story about an ancient derelict starship that few believe and a captain's log that tells of an ancient genocidal war that no-one has ever heard of. But if no-one believes their story, then why are the authorities so keen to suppress it? Captain Michelle Chen of the Commonwealth Navy. Brave, cunning, merciless. Dangerous even. However she may be just the person her superiors have been looking for to start a war. Steven Harris. Secret agent with a conscience, who defied orders, ignored the chain of command and let his morals get in the way of his career. Quickchild. An AI of unknown origin and staggering power.

As the colonies of the human Commonwealth stand on the brink of war with the fanatic legions of the alien K'Soth Empire, these five individuals are drawn to the backward, arid planet of Maranos that stands between the two civilisations. As relations between human and alien deteriorate, Maranos is about to give up its ancient, terrifying secrets.''
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:37 AM   #23
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A book that would be well worth tracking down and fits the bill perfectly is Midnight at the Well of Souls by Jack L. Chalker. It involves an extinct super-race that left behind the mysterious Well World, a planet that contains thousands of independent environments, each with a different species (including humans). Our protagonists, including the enigmatic cargo ship captain Nathan Brazil, end up getting sucked through a portal, changed into different species, and deposited on the Well world. Intriguing, imaginative concept & well written. There is a whole series of Well of Souls novels.

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Old 04-18-2013, 11:30 AM   #24
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Can't believe I forgot to suggest Phillip Jose Farmer's "Riverworld" series.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:21 PM   #25
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A book that would be well worth tracking down and fits the bill perfectly is Midnight at the Well of Souls by Jack L. Chalker. It involves an extinct super-race that left behind the mysterious Well World, a planet that contains thousands of independent environments, each with a different species (including humans). Our protagonists, including the enigmatic cargo ship captain Nathan Brazil, end up getting sucked through a portal, changed into different species, and deposited on the Well world. Intriguing, imaginative concept & well written. There is a whole series of Well of Souls novels.
An excellent series of novels. Chalker also wrote a tetralogy (The Four Lords of the Diamond) about a future civilization using an alien civilization relics in a star system as a supermax prison. The first book is http://www.amazon.com/Lilith-Snake-G.../dp/B0057U12SM
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:19 PM   #26
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I just started reading Shikasta this morning.

It is a series about alien entities using ancient earth as a testing ground (so far anyway). From the reviews I read the series does not have to be read in order and the first book is supposedly the driest of them.
I was pleasantly suprised to find my local library contains the entire series!
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Jack L. Chalker's Well of Souls series is kickass, especially the first four books. Didn't like the other stuff by him so much.
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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
Yes, "Inherit the Stars" is quite good!
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Dragon's Egg and its sequel Starquake by Robert L. Forward deal with an alien civilization and has some religious elements.
Is that the story line where stars themselves might be capable of directly supporting life on their surface? I was thinking about that the other day and couldn't remember the name of the books or of the Author!
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