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    Someone else asked this on another forum...

    Does anyone know the title and author of a book where the premise is a space traveler crashes his craft on a planet (may even be earth pre human evolution) and is marooned. He can't repair the craft to take off but he needs replacement parts or something. But the traveler lives for thousands of years, long enough for inhabitants to evolve and develop the parts needed to repair and get off the planet. Does that sound familiar ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesabrown View Post
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    Oh. Oh. I know this one. Actually, I think I know two, but they're short stories. One's by Stephen Baxter and one's by Alastair Reynolds. I'll dig out titles when I have a moment later.

    Edit: The one I was thinking of is "The Spacetime Pit" by Stephen Baxter and Eric Brown. The astronaut uses hibernation technology and wakes intermittently to guide the development of an alien civilization in the direction required to repair her spacecraft. Then things get strange.
    The other one turns out to be only slightly related, one of Reynold's "Merlin" stories, "Minla's Flowers" (a novella of which I seem to own three copies). His protagonist again attempts to guide civilization while extending his lifespan with hibernation technology, but it's to help them develop space flight in order to evacuate their own world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesabrown View Post
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    Another possibility is "Does a Bee Care" by Isaac Asimov. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Does_a_Bee_Care%3F for details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesabrown View Post
    Does anyone know the title and author of a book where the premise is a space traveler crashes his craft on a planet (may even be earth pre human evolution) and is marooned. He can't repair the craft to take off but he needs replacement parts or something. But the traveler lives for thousands of years, long enough for inhabitants to evolve and develop the parts needed to repair and get off the planet. Does that sound familiar ?
    What you describe is (almost but not exactly) part of the story of "Mutineers Moon" David Weber. It might be freely available in the Baen Free Library.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesabrown View Post
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    I remember one short story where the ship full of near-immortal travelers crashed on a habitable planet orbiting a star that was in the gulf between this galaxy and Andromeda. Two of the things I remember are that the travelers' teeth wore down, and had to be regrown, and there was a religious dispute between worshippers of the primary they were orbiting and the nearer spiral galaxy. I'm 90% sure this was by Poul Anderson. I cannot, alas, remember its title.
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    It's also pretty similar to a subplot of "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency", but I don't think close enough that that's the specific book they're talking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampyankee View Post
    I remember one short story where the ship full of near-immortal travelers crashed on a habitable planet orbiting a star that was in the gulf between this galaxy and Andromeda. Two of the things I remember are that the travelers' teeth wore down, and had to be regrown, and there was a religious dispute between worshippers of the primary they were orbiting and the nearer spiral galaxy. I'm 90% sure this was by Poul Anderson. I cannot, alas, remember its title.
    World Without Stars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    World Without Stars.
    Yep, although it was a short novel, swampyankee, not a short story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    Yep, although it was a short novel, swampyankee, not a short story.
    Yes. but that makes it a better fit with what jamesabrown's correspondent was looking for.

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    When I was a child in about 1961 or 1962, when I was 6 or 7 years old, I read a sci-fi story about a planet (asteroid?) where the characters traveled through the ground in tunnels which were color-coded somehow. I don't recall the significance of the color coding, if there was any. I also seem to recall in the center of the planet was a giant diamond. And I could be (and probably am) miles off in my recollection. Ring any bells?

    As far as I know that yarn was among the first stories I ever read at that age.

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