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Hole Man, the (1990) [Short Story]
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One day Mars will be gone. It might be centuries, or it might be a few years. Andrew Lear claims it is so, and he should know, because it's his fault.

An exploratory group sent to Mars to examine surface and atmospheric features stumbles instead onto an abandoned alien base. The machines still run perfectly, the alien energy source still outputs power, and most fascinating of all to Andrew Lear, the alien communicator still functions, sending out signals via gravity waves. But what does the crew really know about this alien technology? Some of it could be dangerous: to themselves, to others -- to the planet.

Published in Analog, January 1974.

Reprinted in:
  • N-Space (1990)
  • The Ascent of Wonder, ed. David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, Tor 1994

Original title: The Hole Man
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionHard ScienceArchaeology

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     N-Space (1990) [Collection]
      Author: Larry Niven
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart

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