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There is a book about a spaceship crashing on Earth, the survivors couldn't repair the ship, so had to live on Earth. After a while, only a few survived. Slowly, the survivors forgot how to use any tools left with them. The writer suggested that the mankind started from these survivors. I can't remember the title or the author. Can anyone remember reading such a book?

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    tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AncientAstronauts
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 11:05
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    That is honestly a pretty common theme, can you remember if it was actually a full book or a story in an anthology, also when you say "the writer suggested" was the book actually meant to be fiction?
    – revenant
    Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 11:05
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    Hello chdsl, and welcome to Science Fiction & Fantasy. Thank you for your question. As @Valorum has pointed out, astronauts becoming the first humans is an often used idea. Is there anything about the book that makes it recognisable? What did the cover look like? When did you read it? Where? You can edit your question to include any details you might remember, how insignificant they may appear. Meanwhile, have you taken the tour yet?
    – SQB
    Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 11:28
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    I think I read it about 10 years ago. I know it might be a common theme. I'm trying to find the exact book. If anyone knows any title, please let me know. I might still find that book. I think this book had been written a long time ago, maybe sometime in the beginning of the last century. I think one spaceship crashed while landing, and there were some still out in the space. This one lost connection with that fleet.
    – chdsl
    Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 13:23
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    According to the ever-popular TV Tropes, this plot was so heavily used in the sixties that it became a Discredited Trope, and has now reached the point where if two astronauts are stranded on a primitive planet the audience will assume it is Earth. I would suggest having a look at the shows listed in the link and see if any of them ring a bell. Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 14:16

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Sounds a bit like The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Here the Golgafrinchan Ark Fleet Ship B crash-lands on "an utterly insignificant little blue green planet orbiting a small unregarded yellow sun in in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy" - wich suggests (and is later confirmed) to be the prehistoric Earth.

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    "Sounds a bit like The Restaurant at the End of the Universe." And 42 (hundred) other sci-fi stories.. Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 11:08
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Sounds like "Genesis" By H. Beam Piper.

A ship crashes on Earth and survivors use weapons and tools to survive but as they wear out or run out of ammo they must learn to make do and over time, forgetting technology and becoming our distance ancestors.

The story is available on the Project Gutenberg website.

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  • Thank you anyway Valorum, but I prefer it my way! Sounds like "GENESIS" By H. Beam Piper. Ship crashes on Earth and survivors use weapons and tools to survive but as they wear out or run out of ammo they must learn to make do and over time forget technology and become out distance ancestors. The story is available on the Project Gutenberg website.
    – Dennis
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 7:29
  • My thought was the 'Giants' series by (i think!!) James P Hogan
    – Danny Mc G
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 11:29
  • Piper was my first thought too. Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 17:07

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