Can't remember author or title of the story.

Seem to remember the protagonist is an investigator of some sort trying to find out why previously-peaceful alien race has killed the research or liaison team.

Finds out the research team had moved from telling the aliens a peaceful or more self-contained human story (maybe Hamlet?) to Beowulf, and the aliens were acting out the stories.

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    I remember either that story, or one that was almost identical. In the one I remember, it was a preacher who told the aliens about Jesus, and the aliens crucified the preacher. Sorry, I can't remember the name though :) – cryptarch Nov 9 '18 at 3:40
  • It sounds like an interesting story. – Rich Nov 9 '18 at 4:50
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    @cryptarch: the story you're thinking of is The Streets of Ashkelon. That was my first thought but it doesn't really match the description. – John Rennie Nov 9 '18 at 5:07
  • @JohnRennie Thanks! I occasionally think of that story, nice to have a name for it again. – cryptarch Nov 9 '18 at 6:57
  • @cryptarch: it's a great story. I read it when I was a young teen and it made such an impression on me that forty years later I still remember it clearly! :-) – John Rennie Nov 9 '18 at 7:00

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