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Omnilingual (version 2)

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Omnilingual (version 2) by H. Beam Piper is a thought-provoking and engaging science fiction novel that explores the challenges and triumphs of archaeology and linguistics on a distant planet. The story follows a team of scientists who discover an ancient Martian civilization and strive to decipher their language in order to unlock the secrets of the past.

The novel expertly blends elements of hard science fiction with intriguing mysteries and moral dilemmas, keeping the reader hooked from start to finish. Piper's attention to detail and world-building are impeccable, creating a vivid and immersive setting that feels both futuristic and familiar.

One of the standout features of Omnilingual is its strong and relatable female protagonist, Martha Dane. As she leads the team in unraveling the mysteries of the Martian language, Martha's intelligence, determination, and quick thinking make her a compelling and admirable character.

Overall, Omnilingual (version 2) is a must-read for fans of classic science fiction and anyone interested in the intersection of science, archaeology, and language. Piper's insightful exploration of these themes, combined with a riveting plot and well-developed characters, makes this novel a true gem in the genre.

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This short story was first written and published in the year 1957, as part of a collection of short science fiction stories in the collection Astounding Science Fiction. Piper's story is unusual in focusing on the problem of archaeology on an alien culture. How is is possible to decipher writings of an alien race that died out 50,000 years ago? What could we possibly have in common with them? There can be no 'Rosetta Stone' with a shared language so is it impossible? That is the struggle of the protagonist and against all odds she does indeed find a way for our two cultures to meet. An excellent story well written.

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - December 16, 2020
Subject: Text Bug
The text cuts off at the bottom, so that some sentences are lost on each page. I don't want to piece together what I'm missing. Other than that, I'm sure it's a decent story. Volkorn works the best, but still omits a lot.
Reviewer: - April 22, 2017
Excellently read, and a very intriguing story for those who like archeology and languages.

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