An alien race finds Earth. Its landing party locates a museum or some such facility and one-by-one, the aliens revivify deceased humans in the museum.

Most who awaken (such as a Pharaoh) are quickly deemed to be uninteresting and inferior and destroyed. But the last such person sits up, looks around, and promptly disappears.

Does anyone recognize this story line? I probably read this 50 years ago.


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Almost certainly this is the classic story "The Monster/Resurrection" by A. E. Van Vogt.

@User14111 has previously identified the story (along with a review and extensive quotes) here

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    This must be the most Frequently Asked Question in the story-id tag.
    – user14111
    Oct 14, 2014 at 20:13
  • @user14111 - Right up there with "Light Brigade"
    – Valorum
    Oct 14, 2014 at 20:21
  • Up there with what??? Oh, I see. A recent TV show. No wonder I never heard of it.
    – user14111
    Oct 14, 2014 at 20:32
  • I do appreciate that you like your sci-fi Golden Aged or thereabouts...meta.scifi.stackexchange.com/a/5108/20774
    – Valorum
    Oct 14, 2014 at 20:40
  • It's a powerful story with advanced technologies, right up there with the reconstitution/resurrection machine in The Fifth Element that operated in a similar fashion.
    – jhpace1
    Apr 23, 2015 at 15:51

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