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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 8:58:48 PM PDT
J. Schwarz says:
James Hogans Inherit the Stars is a classic and the sequels are many. Excellent series of the origins of the moon and where it came from with gentle aliens and extra terrestrial human warlike cousins out to get us. Hyperion also great SF book. Never liked Vinge. The movie Mission to Mars was also about our alien ancestors but they were benevolent. I thought it was a great movie as was Contact. The old McDevitt books were pretty good but the new ones suck.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 8:30:04 PM PDT
I have to agree with Dmitry, while I watched Prometheus, Chariots of the Gods came to my mind as well. However some of the other posters have a lot better suggestions to offer for reading...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 9:38:40 AM PDT
Kodai Okuda says:
The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven shares some of the themes of Prometheus, as does both Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Asimov's The Gods Themselves.

Also, I'd recommend John Woods Campbell's The Mightiest Machine, Prometheus shares many elements of that book as well.

Shows where Ridley Scott acquired many of his ideas, nothing wrong with that mind you, it is just interesting is all.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 1:00:02 AM PDT
M. Helsdon says:
Even Vance's Tschai series (starts with City of the Chasch Tschai, Planet of Adventure: 1) might fit the bill: ancient world, stranded explorer from Earth finds numerous alien species, and even more human races who are descendants of at least two massive raids on ancient Earth, and some of whom have been manipulated 'in their image' by the aliens.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 10:50:50 PM PDT
Kodai Okuda says:
Dmitry please, in the name of all that does not s_ck, anything but Von Daniken. ^_^

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 10:28:13 PM PDT
James P. Hogans "Inherit the Stars" and its sequels is a trilogy about a giant, ancient, space-faring, humanoid race. You might also enjoy the "Gateway" books by Frederic Pohl (aliens leave behind wormholes through space that humans explore at their peril.) Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon the Deep" has alien races, an ancient evil, and lots of adventures in space and on other planets (with super-smart alien puppies!) Dan Simmons's "Hyperion" and "Fall of Hyperion" feature AIs, space travel, and a murderous monster with ulterior motives (also ancient tunnels.) Or you could just pick a random science fiction book off the shelf. It would be hard to find one that "Prometheus" did not borrow something from. But its most direct predecessor is not science fiction, but rather pseudo-science (namely anthropology): the 70's racist schlock bestseller "Chariots of the Gods."

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 3:17:54 PM PDT
Have you looked at Olaf Stapledon's "The Star Maker?"
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Maker

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 10:44:57 AM PDT
Captain says:
Like Spritual Architect, I also wanted to post to say I can't be of any help. Hope that helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2012 4:01:08 PM PDT
Verner Vinge: A Deepness in the Sky(prequel to A Fire Upon the Deep)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2012 2:52:54 PM PDT
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M. Helsdon says:
"So I'm curious, can anyone else think of any books that feature astronauts/scientists traveling to the stars to search for the origins of life on earth only to discover that our makers don't have our best intentions in mind?"

Stars in Shroud comes to mind. The reviews aren't entirely fair, though the scenario is fairly depressing.

Protector also comes to mind, though it's early Niven. And in this case, the human origin comes looking for us...

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 1:31:15 PM PDT
Read The Greatest Adventure (1929) by John Taine (Eric Temple Bell). It has so many resonances with ATMOM that HPL had to have read it before he wrote ATMOM.

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Posted on Jun 15, 2012 11:00:13 AM PDT
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Initial post: Jun 14, 2012 3:24:16 PM PDT
Matt M. says:
SPOILERS for Prometheus will most likely come up, so be warned.

Okay, so upon seeing Prometheus last week,--which I enjoyed but felt was deeply flawed--I found myself thinking that it couldn't have been the first story ever written to have tackled some of the ideas it contains. To an extent, I already knew I was correct because others had already made the comparison to H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness. (Guillermo Del Toro himself speculated before its release that Prometheus may render his planned adaptation of Lovecraft's novella redundant.) 2001: A Space Odyssey also has some similar ideas at play. Neither one of them combine those elements in quite the way Prometheus does.

So I'm curious, can anyone else think of any books that feature astronauts/scientists traveling to the stars to search for the origins of life on earth only to discover that our makers don't have our best intentions in mind?
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