Date: 2019-02-09 01:49 am (UTC)
austin_dern: Actually predating the Tron sequel.  You can tell by how the chest patterns look. (Tron)
From: [personal profile] austin_dern
Now I'm envisioning a setting where the ancient aliens left behind a galaxy-spanning portal network of unimaginable complexity. But they did go through and document it, and left several copies of the documentation at every portal ingress and egress. It's just the documentation is also of unimaginable complexity. Our hero is a plucky young grad student who thinks she might be the first person to understand the ``Structure Of This Design Document'' all at once.

Date: 2019-02-09 02:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] philrm
I would totally read that.

Date: 2019-02-09 06:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bunsen_h
There's the Gateway example where the data storage devices are so odd that nobody even recognizes them for what they are, let alone understands their contents. (What kind of weirdo doesn't carry a circularly-polarized microwave emitter between their legs? Sheesh!)

One civilization's "data archive stored at the atomic level in ceramic disks" is another's "we think they were, like, tokens for using the transit system".

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