I'm trying to remember the author and title of a book I read 30 years ago or so, about a race of insectoid aliens and their journey from pre-space-age, to being able to travel between the stars. Kind of a Foundation-scale scope, but just a single book. The perspective jumps by generations throughout the history of this civilization.

I thought it was Brin, or Saberhagen, or Pohl, but I've not been able to find the book listed in any of their bibliographies.

Ring any bells?

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    Reminds me of A Deepness in the Sky, but that's only 16 years old. – Thomas Weinbrenner Sep 13 '15 at 16:30
  • Yeah, loved that book, too, but definitely wasn't that. – Jamis Buck Sep 13 '15 at 16:37
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    They are not really insectoids, but Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward deals with similar themes across one volume. – Lexible Sep 13 '15 at 16:54
  • Dragon's Egg was awesome, but not the one I'm thinking of. I'm pretty sure the one I'm looking for had no humans in it. Just that one alien race. – Jamis Buck Sep 13 '15 at 16:57

Someone helped me off-list: the book is The Crucible of Time, by John Brunner. Now I just need to go find a copy to lose myself in...


This sounds like "The Bug Wars" by Robert Asprin. First published in 1979. It involves a war between intelligent lizard like beings and an insectoid race.

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