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Old 7th January 2010, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been trying to remember the name and author of a book I read 20 or more years ago. I remember it starts with a number of humans abducted from contemporary earth in a large alien starship. They are taken to another world and deposited in a large enclosure surrounded by a forcefield, with a pristine wilderness inside for them to inhabit. They can make out other enclosures around theirs; apparently it's a habitat or zoo. The only other thing I recall is that somehow they escape the enclosure and are stranded on this world. The final scene is a rocket launched by their descendents to begin a search for Earth.

I hope this is familiar to someone, as I remember this was one of the most satisfying reads I'd ever had at the time.
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Old 7th January 2010, 07:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I remember reading something very similar but the title/author escape me. Will try to remember.
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Old 7th January 2010, 11:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I can't dredge up the title, but Poul (I think it was, not totally sure) wrote something like this, except the star travel was accomplished by transmission of the person's information by Tachyon beam, resulting not in travel but exact copies appearing at the destination. Don't recall one with star ship travel, sorry.
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Old 8th January 2010, 03:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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No, that one I remember, if not the name ("I'm so bad at names..."); copies everywhere of the Dirk Pitt of the future. This one didn't really have a primary antagonist that I remember. It was more about the group dynamics.
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Old 25th February 2010, 03:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Is it permissible to poke here? This forum may be my last hope.
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Old 25th February 2010, 08:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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There is a Larry Niven story in one of the Man-Kzin War books (the franchise books, but Niven actually wrote it) where something very much like this happens. IIRC there is a cage right next to theirs where some Neanderthals are kept, and a few other races in other cages. I think it was in Man-Kzin Wars III.
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Ahh, I was thinking of the same one as Omphalos.
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Old 6th March 2010, 05:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I don't think Man-Kzin wars is the answer. I read this book sometime before 1988, and it was a full-size novel. It may have been a Book Club selection (you know - retro art, book sleeve, thick, uneven paper).
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From the enclosure description 2 books come to mind -
Jack Chalker Well of Souls serie and Carroll M. Capps Recall not Earth books have people placed in enclosed inhabitants (IIRC) - but both are based on future settings not contemporary earth. Probably not so helpful answer - as I hoped.
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Not the Well of Souls. Still have those in the original paperbacks. And I remember those names! Nathan Brazil, Mavra Chang, etc. Powerful story. I don't recognize Recall not Earth. I'll have to look into that. Thanks for the thought!
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Old 21st March 2010, 04:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Recall Not Earth is about a fairly small group of men that are the last survivors of Earth. Everyone else was destroyed by invading aliens. Most of them have become mercenaries and they get together for 1 last possible chance to find some surviving women. Its a good read.
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Old 12th April 2011, 02:16 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm going to try and resurrect this thread. Recall Not Earth is not what I'm looking for, alas. Perhaps someone new/old may recognize it? This would have been written before the mid-80's, if not much earlier.
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Old 14th April 2011, 03:56 AM   #13 (permalink)
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IIRC, the ancient book, "Anton York, Immortal" had a sequence about an alien 'zoo' such as you described. I don't recall the alien starship abduction, however.
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Old 14th April 2011, 04:55 AM   #14 (permalink)
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anne mccaffrey the catteni sequence------- forcefield is in the 3rd book maybe
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Old 14th April 2011, 01:52 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thank you, but neither of those. I recall the original Catteni short story, primarily because it was quite a change from the rest of Mccaffrey's work (turns out she was feeling out her market for soft-core porn). The other, Anton York is a bit too old, and omnipotent humans weren't the theme of the story.
I wish I could remember more (especially the name or author!).
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