From: Johnicholas Hines (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Dec 30 2010 - 13:08:19 MST
Possibly Alistair Reynolds's Redemption Ark?
Do the names Clavain and Skade ring any bells?
On Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 2:20 AM, Robin Lee Powell
> I really didn't expect this to be hard, but even rec.arts.sf.written
> failed (
> I read this on the web. I *think* it was a short story; at most
> novelette length. This was within the last 5 years or so.
> Basically, it's the future, humans have done lots and lots of
> intelligence enhancement; each generation is smarter than the one
> before. Then we find a planet with alien ruins. There is a ship
> sent there. For reasons I can no longer remember, one of the people
> (male?) on the ship tries to destroy the ruins, and another tries to
> stop her (pretty sure female). She is younger, and hence smarter,
> than him, so he ends up taking lots of heavy-side-effect nootropics
> to keep up with her. The war is fought almost entirely by 3-D
> printed robots from the ships machine shops.
> The emphasis is very much on intelligence: that a standard deviation
> of IQ is going to determine the results of any strategy game
> (probably mostly true, given equal experience) and that war is
> basically that (also mostly true in this case, since the robots
> won't freak out and run).
> http://intelligence.org/ : Our last, best hope for a fantastic future.
> Lojban (http://www.lojban.org/): The language in which "this parrot
> is dead" is "ti poi spitaki cu morsi", but "this sentence is false"
> is "na nei". My personal page: http://www.digitalkingdom.org/rlp/
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