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Omnilingual by H. Beam Piper
By: (1904-1964)

An expedition to Mars discovers the remains of an advanced civilization, which died out many thousands of years ago. They recovered books and documents left behind, and are puzzled by their contents. Would the team find their “Rosetta Stone” that would allow them to unlock the Martian language, and learn the secrets of this long-dead race?

(Summary by Mark Nelson)

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This etext was produced from "Astounding Science Fiction," February, 1957. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

[Illustration]

OMNILINGUAL

To translate writings, you need a key to the code and if the last writer of Martian died forty thousand years before the first writer of Earth was born ... how could the Martian be translated...?

BY H. BEAM PIPER

Illustrated by Freas

[Illustration]

Martha Dane paused, looking up at the purple tinged copper sky. The wind had shifted since noon, while she had been inside, and the dust storm that was sweeping the high deserts to the east was now blowing out over Syrtis. The sun, magnified by the haze, was a gorgeous magenta ball, as large as the sun of Terra, at which she could look directly. Tonight, some of that dust would come sifting down from the upper atmosphere to add another film to what had been burying the city for the last fifty thousand years... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - October 8, 2009
Subject: Ho Hum Story...
I have kind of grown to expect better from H Beam Piper. Story is good, builds you up, and then kind of just ends abruptly, with unanswered questions. Reading was excellent tho.


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