Back in 1992 I found a book in the trash called Inherit the Stars, written by James P. Hogan. I read it, loved it, the bought the three sequels that followed. Apparently Hogan wrote a fifth book in the series in 2005 called Mission to Minerva. It’s been so long since I read the first one I’m going to just reread the whole series before buying the latest book.
I guess one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Inherit the Stars is brilliant, definitely worth checking out. What’s also very cool is that you can pick this book up for free from Baen Books here.
Synopsis from the back cover (the last line is what hooked me):
THE MAN ON THE MOON WAS DEAD
They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there…or what had killed him.
All they did know was that his corpse was 50,000 years old…and that meant that this man had somehow lived long before he could have existed.
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