I am trying to remember a science fiction series from the '80s where humans travel to a distant planet/galaxy using a new kind of fuel source. When they arrive at their destination, they find the planet is already inhabited by Egyptian type people similar to Egypt on Earth.

  • Clarify: you mean ancient Egyptians? (Like pyramids and pharaohs)? – The Fallen May 9 '14 at 3:20
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    A series of what? Paperback novels, hardcover books, short stories, radio plays? – user14111 May 9 '14 at 3:40
  • @user26068 I suspect this question is going to get put on-hold for being too broad. Please feel free to edit in additional details (particularly, what type of work you're looking for) and it may get re-opened. – KutuluMike May 10 '14 at 15:11

Could you be describing Stargate SG1? It's a bit later than the 1980s (mid-1990s) but it fits the other criteria; interplanetary travel, new fuel source, "ancient egypt in space" concept;

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The combination of 80s and (Space) Egypt made me think of the TV series "Otherworld"


Per Wikipedia;

"References to Egyptian mythology abound, particularly in the signposts which the Sterlings use to attempt to find Imar; it was implied that the ancient Egyptians either had the ability to travel between universes, or had contact with a people that did."

  • The image is too compressed to tell, but is that Greg Brady playing the dad? – Omegacron Feb 12 '15 at 18:13

It could be the original Battlestar Galactica. Since it aired in the late 70s it is likely you might have seen reruns in the early 80s. From tvtropes

The original Battlestar Galactica had the heroes find the lost planet of Kobol. The ancient pyramids on that planet looked suspiciously like the ones in the Giza Plateau.

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After Adama enters the pyramid and finds a journal of the thirteenth colony, it is promptly bombed by Cylon raiders before he can read it.

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