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A team of space archaeologists makes an astonishing discovery about an ancient alien race in this science fiction tale from "a master of his craft" (Los Angeles Times).  

Graduate student Tom Rice is thrilled to embark on his first deep-space archeological expedition. He is part of a team from Earth, venturing out in search of artifacts from a civilization that ruled the universe many millennia ago. Called the High Ones, the members of this long-gone society left tantalizing clues about their history and culture scattered throughout space. One such clue, a "message cube" containing footage of the ancient ones, is more interesting than all of the others combined. It seems to indicate that the High Ones aren't extinct after all - and just like that, Tom Rice's archeological mission has become an intergalactic manhunt, one filled with ever-increasing danger that will send the explorers hurtling headlong into the greatest adventure - and peril - of their lives.

©1969 Robert Silverberg (P)2020 Tantor

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Flippant and Misogynistic

Taking place roughly 400 years in the future. I was taken aback by a conversation between the main character & another character. The side character tried to confide in the main character how a shared colleague forced themselves on her and she fought him off. The main character (and narrator) then explains that rape isn’t a real thing and it only happens if the woman is paralyzed or really wanted it to happen. I was blown away this was in the book….then the main character shortly after has the audacity to kiss the side character because he wanted to see what it was like…at that point, does the actual plot even matter???

I’ve returned this book.

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Even the greats sometimes phone it in

One of my favorite authors, but very mediocre this outing. I'd skip this book unless you want to see a different side of his writing.

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I was expecting better

I had very high expectations from this well respected author. What I got was an interesting story containing several nice plot twists and a great finish but writing that would be better suited to an adolescent, not adult, audience.

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An oldie but a goodie

I first read this YA novel as a teenager in the 1970's. It stuck with me and I still remembered most of the details of the story. It will resonate with people today because it discusses racism, sexism, sexual violence, but from an earlier time when people took those things too much for granted.

I have long wished that this story s made into a movie - Stephen Spielberg, are you listening?

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I dunno maybe

not bad, not great. had the potential to be a great story but flat lined at 'meh'.