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I'm trying to track down a short story I read, on paper, at some point between (very approximately) 1980 and 2000. It was set during the Neolithic (aka First Agricultural) Revolution, the "wide-scale transition of many human cultures from a lifestyle of hunting and gathering to one of agriculture and settlement", to quote Wikipedia.

Unfortunately I can remember very little of the plot. Two key characters were a girl or woman, who wanted to settle and grow crops, and a boy or man, who wanted to cling to the old hunter-gatherer ways. Stereotyped, I know, but there you go. I think the man may have been named "Bam" or "Bann" or something like that.

The key phrase that sticks in my memory is the man saying to the woman,

"Nothing can grow without a strong arm to protect it."

Googling around this has not turned up anything, sadly.

  • Is this sci-fi / fantasy? – Chris B. Behrens Oct 16 '14 at 20:32
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    @ChrisB.Behrens that's a really good question! I have (now) read what I think is the relevant meta thread and I think community consensus would rule this question in, but... /shrug. As a marker, I would guess that Jean Auel's Earth's Children series would be on-topic here - it's certainly filed in the matching section of bookstores - and what I'm seeking is in the same subject area of fiction. – AakashM Oct 16 '14 at 21:01
  • It's an interesting question. I mean, to a degree, it's definitely SPECULATIVE fiction, but only because of the limits of our knowledge, rather than the limits of our understanding of reality. I love this kind of fiction, and I upvoted irrespective of this question... – Chris B. Behrens Oct 16 '14 at 21:48

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