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Tom Barber | 3 comments In the mid to late 80s, I read a sci fi short story in a collection of stories. The premise is a ship of earthmen travelling in distant space encounters an alien ship and race. They meet the aliens and the aliens tell the humans a story about a race that had dominated the galaxy in the past and had been finally confined to a single planet after all other races united to defeat them. At the end, they destroy the earthship because the race they told them about had been the human race. Does anyone remember the name of the short story or the author. I love this story but can't remember any details other than the story.

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Guillermo   | 4 comments That sounds awesome. I can almost see that as an Outer Limits Ep.

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Jim (JimMacLachlan) Guillermo wrote: "That sounds awesome. I can almost see that as an Outer Limits Ep."

I agree. Sounds like something Harlan Ellison would come up with. He wrote several, too. Arthur C. Clarke is another possibility. I'm sorry that I don't recognize the story, but will be very interested in the answer.

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Mallory Kane (mallory_kane) | 7 comments I've read this story. It might have been published in ANALOG magazine. Naturally I can't even begin to tell you anything about it, but it was an awesome story. Maybe there's a website about archived ANALOG stories. We took ANALOG in the 80s so I'm pretty sure that's where I read it.

Good luck.
Mallory Kane

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Mallory Kane (mallory_kane) | 7 comments Oops. Just noticed you said 'a collection of stories.' Another source might be 'year's best' books. Many were edited by Martin Greenberg. Again, good luck

Mallory Kane

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Andy Love | 1482 comments I would suggest Gordon Dickson as the author of this. Possibly "Danger: Human" which is available online here http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/07...

Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides (upsight) | 286 comments Analog's story index seems to be down at the moment, but when it comes back up, apparently you can find it here: http://www.analogsf.com/search/index....

message 8: by Tom (new)

Tom Barber | 3 comments Andy wrote: "I would suggest Gordon Dickson as the author of this. Possibly "Danger: Human" which is available online here http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/07..."

Not the same story, but thanks for the link, Andy.

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Tom Barber | 3 comments Anybody know what "Story of a Curse" by Doris P Buck is about? I think it might be that one but I can't find a synopsis online.

message 10: by Andria (last edited Oct 18, 2012 04:20PM) (new)

Andria (airdna) | 2016 comments Mod
I don't know "Story of a Curse", but according to the Short Story Index, it's in the anthology Starships if that helps at all.

message 11: by Lobstergirl, sniffing Sharpies (new)

Lobstergirl | 20411 comments Mod
Tom, are you still looking for this story?

message 12: by Ronan (new)

Ronan | 2 comments The story is called "All the way back"
It's one of my favourite short stories ever!
I can still remember the the opening line "great were the antha...."
I registered just to tell you this vital piece of information....use it well my friend.

message 13: by Andy (new)

Andy Love | 1482 comments "All the Way Back" by Michael Shaara is described here http://variety-sf.blogspot.com/2008/0...

The list of places it's been collected is here http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cg...

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Ronan | 2 comments oh Andy, I beat you to it buddy! 2nd place is better than not having tried! haha

message 15: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl (cherylllr) Unfortunately Tom is not confirming. I'll move this to Possibly Solved; best I can do. Thank you Ronan and Andy!

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