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Subject: Yet another request for help
Date Posted: 4/7/2009 5:16 PM ET
Member Since: 1/16/2009
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Looking for author or title.  Old story as I think I read it in my youth - which was a long time ago (although in this galaxy).  In summary a small fleet of ships from an isolated star cluster (2 or 3 stars) manages the trip to their nearest neighbor.  The fleet's home planet is a militaristic and grim place (think Stalinist Russia).  When they arrive at the nearest neighbor, they find a simple people living a pastoral life.  Also on the planet are huge self maintaining and empty cities full of marvelous technology.  The locals have only vague answers about how the machines work or what powers them.  The  travelers decide that, with the powerful technology they can loot from this planet, this will be their first conquest on the way to empire.  At this point they suddenly find themselves and their entire fleet back in their home system - which has been moved to a local where it is impossilbe for them to bother their neighbors until they grow up and become a peaceful people.  

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 10:39 PM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2009
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Greg Bear wrote a collection of short stories called "Strength of Stones." Almost self aware, abandoned, mobile cities roam a sparsely populated low-tech planet.  The populace has no idea as to the cities'  true origins. I never checked, but the book you seek may be tied into a possible series of this one?



Last Edited on: 4/8/09 12:35 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/9/2009 1:27 AM ET
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Mario S - Sounds like an interesting read, and I will make an effor tto find the work you reference.  However, I am also fairly sure that isn't it as the book/story I am seeking was probably written while Bear was still in High School.    Thanks though.

 

dave