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Has this sci-fi idea been explored? If so, where?:
I'm curious if anyone has seen this plot employed in any stories before. Basically what I'm looking for is kind of like the story used in Jurassic Park. But rather than the long dead dinosaurs being brought back to life for the entertainment/profit of Earth's current inheritors, instead humans are the ones in their place. This sort of story would take place in the very distant future, of course. So kind of like a spiritual sequel, I guess. What are some examples of this, or similar premises being used?
A Sequel To A SF NovelBy humans or aliens or a successor species.
Was Once Zolnier Also a cowboy, and a Doctor.
I've seen the idea kicked around enough that I'm sure someone's done it somewhere. I'm not aware of any actual examples, though.
I've thought about it personally and I've seen others think about it but I've not seen any significant works done on the subject.
I'm virtually certain that I've seen it done very briefly in a short story in some anthology or other, but I can't remember the author or title so that's probably not very helpful, sorry. It followed a pair of scientists attempting to replicate various long-extinct species, working their way up more and more dangerous samples and debating the ethics of reanimating them, until they get to the most dangerous extinct species of all - Man. A little cheesy nowadays but it was pretty good for what it was. And it was extremely short so probably not too similar to what you'd be doing if you did it as a full-scale thing anyway.
Many FacesI've seen this before. It was, like, 8 years ago though, so I can't for the life of me remember what the book was called.
Who loves the shadow?
A similar sort of thing is hinted (some might say tacked on) at at the very end of the Spielberg/Kubrick film AI.
Planet of the Apes employs that idea to a certain extent.
Well it's not that well explored do there's lots you can do.
rollin' on dubsSee: Resurrection, an Outer Limits (1995-2000) era show:
Humanity has destroyed itself in a biological war, and only a few hundred androids remain. Two of the androids have a plan to recreate the human race from DNA samples... but the ruling military androids are violently opposed to recreating their former masters.Not gonna spoil it, it does have Heather Graham (she's not naked). Or am I? tl;dr = His name is Adam and he gets a cloned female named Eve, the robots get shut down. no Cruel Twist Ending here.
edited 7th Jun '12 11:36:25 AM by TairaMai
Bigfoot PuncherThere is the ending to A.I.: Artificial Intelligence... I didn't spoil anything, did I? I was as vague as possible, and it is an eleven-year old film.
A fistful of me.
I read a really old short story once (I'm talking 30's) about a scientist who perfectly preserved his body in a capsule in orbit. He as so perfectly preserved that when some aliens came by and revived him, earth looked a lot more like mercury. In fact, mankind had died out before the aliens in question had even started evolving. At the end of the story he goes with them to have space adventures. Kind of similar, I suppose. I can't for the life of me remember what it was called or who wrote it.
Who Am I?In Stephan Baxter's "Manifold Space" aliens resurrect the Neandarthals (along with a bunch of other extinct species) after humanity nearly kills itself off and de-populates the planet.
Alan Moore did a short comic book story for 2000AD with almost this exact premise. Aliens arrive on a ruined Earth and started cloning humans (using some kind of time machine type thing). One of them cloned *two* versions of Albert Einstein, because he wanted to see what would happen - but the two geniuses figured out what was going on, improvised some explosives and broke into the 'military preserve'; there Julius Ceaser, Atilla the Hun, Henry V, Hitler, and a bunch of other historical war-leaders (and Al Capone for some reason) attacked the aliens and drove them off the Earth... ...and then promptly fell to fighting each other.
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
ReymmăYou could even have a story where humanity is not brought back at all, and they play a role similar to the Protheans or other precursors. And this only becomes gradually apparent to the reader...
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