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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