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There is a sci-fi book I read in the 90's. It was old back then, so it's possibly been published earlier. It was in English and I suspect the author was either American or British.

From what I can remember of the story, humanity lives in a primitive state on a planet or large spaceship of alien design but they do not know this.

One man is kidnapped or manages to escape and finds out the truth, and then eventually returns back to his people to liberate them.

  • There is quite a lot of details. Though could go through this checklist and see if you can remember anything else? – Nikita Neganov Feb 14 at 11:52
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    OK cool, I cannot remember if it was part of an anthology or not, i cannot remember the cover, unfortunately no again to character names. What made it unique was that it seemed to imply that human was kept on a reserve, i keep thinking it was a huge ship in space for some reason, and their technology was kept at a stone age level in order to effectively control them. – sib Feb 14 at 12:04
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    Could it be Captive Universe by Harry Harrison ? Wikipedia has a plot summary here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captive_Universe – Martin Goldsack Feb 14 at 12:16
  • Awesome!, I think that may be it! You are a legend! thank you – sib Feb 14 at 12:30
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Could it be Captive Universe by Harry Harrison ? Wikipedia has a plot summary here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captive_Universe

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