From: Robin Lee Powell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Dec 30 2010 - 13:22:23 MST
I don't think that's it; I've read Revelation Space, but I think
that's the only Reynolds I've read.
Also, my recollection is quite clear that the ruins are dead; no
living aliens at all.
I dunno; I just don't think that's it.
On Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 03:08:19PM -0500, Johnicholas Hines wrote:
> 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
> <email@example.com> wrote:
> > I really didn't expect this to be hard, but even rec.arts.sf.written
> > failed (
> > http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf.written/browse_thread/thread/70be22b57022a059#
> > )
> > 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).
> > -Robin
> > --
> > 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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