Years ago (70's or 80's) I read a sci-fi novel. It started with the discovery in the arctic (or antarctic) of a pair of humans (male and female) frozen in a block of solid helium. When thawed out, they revive and tell a story of an ancient high-technology civilization (back when Gondwanaland existed I seem to recall). This civilization had access to incredible energy sources having developed a grand unified theory of everything.

In the end, they destroyed themselves in a conflict so huge that it shifted the earth on its axis.

Does anyone know what the novel was?

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How about The Ice People?

The Ice People (French: La Nuit des temps) is a 1968 French science fiction novel by René Barjavel.

  • You nailed it ! Thanks much. Can't believe I got a correct answer in only a couple of hours.
    – Stan
    Commented Sep 27, 2011 at 17:15
  • Not to rub it in, but it was an easy Google - "Gondwanaland ice novel". It does sound like an interesting story, may check it out. Thanks for the cleanup @OghmaOsiris
    – Saiboogu
    Commented Sep 27, 2011 at 18:30
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    Thank you very much!!! I've been looking for that novel for years -also. Regards
    – user9243
    Commented Oct 11, 2012 at 18:23

See my answer here :


This is certainly the story you remember.


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