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tinkoo said in March 12th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

I can off hand recall at least 2 more stories that address similar themes (& are both classics):

1. H Beam Piper’s “Omnilingual”: What’s a Rosetta stone for decoding the written works of people with an advanced level of civilization & now extinct? This story is available for free on Gutenberg.

2. Arthur Clarke’s “Castaway”: Forget understanding an alien language. Forget even recognizing an alien as something alive when you see him. You might kill him just by looking at him! Clarke actually has a lot of unconventional stories dealing with aliens.

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Rusty said in March 12th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

Thanks Tinkoo,

I love stories that deal with alien cultures and languages, and both of those look like they fit the bill. I will definitely have to check them out.

I tell ya, that book of “The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke” is moving closer to the top of my must-buy-right-now list! I’ve gotta get it.

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