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Omnilingual (Version 3)

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Omnilingual (Version 3) by H. Beam Piper is a fascinating and thought-provoking science fiction novel that explores the challenges of communication and deciphering an ancient alien language. The story follows a group of scientists who discover the ruins of an ancient Martian civilization and must work together to decode the mysterious symbols left behind.

The author expertly weaves together elements of archaeology, linguistics, and technology to create a compelling and realistic world. The characters are well-developed and relatable, and the relationships between them add depth to the narrative. The pacing of the story is well-executed, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged throughout.

One of the standout aspects of Omnilingual is the attention to detail in the depiction of the alien language and the process of deciphering it. The scientific and technological aspects of the story are clearly well-researched, and the concept of using a computer program to aid in translation adds a unique and innovative twist to the plot.

Overall, Omnilingual (Version 3) is a must-read for fans of science fiction, especially those interested in linguistics and archaeology. H. Beam Piper's masterful storytelling and intricate world-building make this novel a truly enjoyable and thought-provoking read.

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This short story published in 1957 is unusual for its time in that its protagonist is a female scientist, and there is no romantic subplot. Helped by some of her teammates on the Mars exploration crew, and hindered by others, she struggles to decipher the meanings of the artifacts left by an extinct alien species. What possible frame of reference can humans and the long-gone Martians have in common? The answer is very satisfying in this well told tale. - Summary by Trish E. Matson

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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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