Archaeology in Fiction, Stories, and Novels
- Elizabeth Peters (15)
- Kate Wilhelm (3)
- Kathleen and Michael Gear (3)
- Octavia Butler (6)
- Suzette Haden Elgin (3)
- Ursula LeGuin (9)
Outies, written by archaeologist Jennifer Pournelle, is a sequel to A Mote in God's Eye, cast in a social science fiction genre.
A book review of Global Dawn, a fictional telling of the beginnings of the Digital Earth Project.
Social Science Fiction
Social science fiction is the name Ursula leGuin gave to the kind of science fiction that absorbs and discusses anthropology and the study of human kind. Needless to say, this is one of my favorite kinds of scifi.
The Sea Kings: The Prophecy
This first book in Les Cole's Sea King Trilogy is an exciting, detailed romance of the high seas of the Mediterranean Sea during the Bronze Age. The hero, Tanuati, a selfish Cretan lout, wanders around the sea picking up knowledge and girls at about the same rate. An entertaining way to spend an afternoon.
The term fiction, in archaeology and elsewhere, refers to a piece of literature or other creative work that's wholly invented by the author.
People of the Raven
On its website, Archaeology magazine has posted a piece of the new Michael and Kathleen Gear novel, "People of the Raven". This writing pair has done a great deal to bring ancient peoples to life, and it's always nice to get a sneak preview.
Anita Cohen-Williams: Archaeology in Fiction
An archaeologist/librarian, Anita Cohen-Williams has collected hundreds of bibliographic references to novels about archaeology or archaeologists, and placed this amazing list on the web.
Timeline (Michael Crichton)
The Medieval site of Castelgard is being excavated, when the director is called back to the states to have a chat with his financier. After he is gone, the students discover incontrovertible evidence that the poor old archaeologist has actually traveled through time to the 14th century and now needs rescuing.
Summertime Reading - Archaeology
When it's summer, it's hot, at least on the north half of the planet. If you can't be out digging holes, perhaps you can curl up with an archaeologically-correct novel and a huge pitcher of iced tea. The following are some of my favorite novels about archaeology and archaeologists.
Social Science Fiction
Four science fiction writers (Suzette Hayden Elgin, Ursula LeGuin, Octavia Butler, and Kate Wilhelm) practice a little anthropology.