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Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge by Mike Resnick

Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge

by Mike Resnick

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A rather dismal portrayal of hominids. ( )
  jefware | Nov 26, 2018 |
A team of alien anthropologists are at the alleged birthplace of
Man, Africa's Olduvai Gorge, to study the extinct species. By "assimilating"
artifacts, one of the aliens is able to relive events associated with that
item. Different items, arranged in chronological order, give insight into
humanity and its demise. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Quite a fun little romp through human history (and into the future). A dark view of the sources of human accomplishment, but it does make one wonder about how we stack up--in terms of kindness and peacefulness--against other, less "successful" life-forms. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
A weird combination of shame and bombast. From the point of view of an alien who's able to see the "history" of any artifact, a sort of scan of human history - in which every visible person is a killer or worse. There's one story that's relatively light - OK, almost all the animals are dead and the viewpoint character delights in seeing a squirrel, but at least s/he is delighted and happy about the animals, and doesn't kill anyone. And that story is presented entirely in diary form, no "living" characters at all. On the other hand, we get a detailed life history of a man taken as a slave, who becomes a slaver and a murderer and a pedophile himself - the entire course of his life. Ew. Oh yes, the reason the alien and his team are there is because they're studying the history of this species that swept out from their planet and ruled the galaxy harshly and ferociously for a long time, before they died out (because of fighting among themselves? Not sure). So shame - humans are horrible to one another as well as to other peoples and to animals, they destroyed their planet, and so on - and bombast - because of these traits they ruled the galaxy and they may come back and do it again. I repeat, ew. There's no redeeming aspects to the stories at all - one glimpse of the Leakeys leaving (off to make discoveries and expand human knowledge of themselves and their world), but that story is focused on mutual murder and racist hatred. I'm actually sorry I read the book, and I'll be getting rid of it as soon as possible. ( )
1 vote jjmcgaffey | Sep 18, 2013 |
Essentially, a coalition of alien races is exploring the site where humankind originated (Olduvai Gorge) and discovering some "examples" of (now extinct) mankind's history. As the title would indicate, there are 7 examples of man's past (pre-historic, ancient, modern, future) - all of which indicate just how ruthless, power-hungry and destructive mankind is.

It's not told in a depressing manner, but there are no "good" moments; humankind's worse moments are shown here, possibly because those are the moments that will be best remembered by future generations?

The story is short but it's interesting and entertaining and I'm glad I read it. ( )
  crazybatcow | Jul 13, 2009 |
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