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Old February 5 2014, 06:00 PM   #1
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Story help-PLEASE! Driving me batty!

I'm going nuts trying to find a copy I own of a short story. I think the author was D. Brin, Alan Steele or Harry Turtledove. Its about a post-apocalyptic society that mines the ruins of our world as it claws its way back. It's told in vignettes covering various time periods, with the first about a bandit/warlord re-discovering "advance" firearms, the second is about his descendant bringing WW1 style planes back, etc. Each vignette features a scientist type, with the role expanding until a formal "Bureau of Tech Reclamation" evolves. The final segment features the Starship Claude.

Sad that I can recall so many details-but can't remember the author or title.
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Old February 5 2014, 08:56 PM   #2
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Re: Story help-PLEASE! Driving me batty!

Can't help you, but if you do find out, let me know. Sounds like my type of book.
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Old February 5 2014, 09:23 PM   #3
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Re: Story help-PLEASE! Driving me batty!

sojourner wrote: View Post
Can't help you, but if you do find out, let me know. Sounds like my type of book.
Its actually a short story.
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Old February 6 2014, 12:10 PM   #4
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Re: Story help-PLEASE! Driving me batty!

Could it be a part of an anthology?

-- Quick true story -- I had read an anthology in my teen years. Loved it. Lost the book somehow. Once the 'net got big, I took all of the details I could remember and Googled all of that. Eventually, I did find it. It's called Contact. The detail it all hung on was me recalling the name of a ship, the Llanvabon.

Do any of these help?
http://archive.org/stream/starlog_ma...1/201_djvu.txt
http://hell.pl/szymon/Baen/The%20bes...ol_1_Num_3.rtf
http://www.otherworldonline.org/foru...age;topic=80.0

This is the Google search I used for the above ^
"starship (OR "star ship") claude" AND Bureau Reclamation
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Old February 6 2014, 03:20 PM   #5
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Re: Story help-PLEASE! Driving me batty!

Did some googling by the info you provided.

Could it be "Half the Battle" by Harry Turtledove?

http://turtledove.wikia.com/wiki/Half_the_Battle
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