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  1. Scroll icon Anderson, Poul. "The Star Plunderer" (1952) in Galactic Empires 1, ed. by Brian Aldiss, 1976, takes the form of a "curious book found by excavators of the ruins of Sol City, Terra .... Whether or not the script, obviously never published or intended for publication, is a genuine record ... remains an open question...."
  2. Scroll icon Bear, Greg. "Hardfought" (1982); "Judgment Engine" (1993)
  3. Museum icon Scroll icon Benford, Gregory. "Doing Lennon" (1975) sees a resurrected John Lennon (Henry Fielding) in the 22nd century who plans a comeback as another even more famous composer once "He has access to information storage, tapes, consultant help from outside, all the libraries of the planet." "Time Shards" (1979) references the Smithsonian Institution and a BiMillennial Vault with "artifacts, recordings, everything the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian thought important about their age" for the TriMillennium.
  4. Scroll icon Blish, James. "Beep" (1954) in Galactic Empires 2, ed. by Brian Aldiss, 1976, is about the galaxy-spanning protective Service and includes a scene where an agent is shown "a little history" through a "standard indoctrination tape". "A Style in Treason" (1970) in The Best of James Blish, ed. by Robert A.W. Lowndes, 1979, in which the traitor Simon de Kuyl not only creates counterfeit documents on a colony world in 5914 A.D., but also catalogs the Rood-Prince's library.
  5. Scroll iconCard, Orson Scott. "The Originist" by (1989) in Foundation's Friends: Stories in Honor of Isaac Asimov, ed. by Martin H. Greenberg, 1989, and Maps in a Mirror: The Short Fiction of Orson Scott Card, 1990, is set in Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe.
  6. Scroll iconDickson, Gordon R. "Zeepsday" (1956), in In Iron Years (1981). Science fiction that takes the form of a transcript record of a trial in the Galactic Court of People's Manners. See also The Novels of Gordon R. Dickson.
  7. The Scroll icon Estleman, Loren D. Valentino series in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March 1998-
  8. Scroll icon Museum icon Fye, H.B. "Protected Species" (1951) in Galactic Empires 1, ed. by Brian Aldiss, 1976, concerns a colonization attempt by Terrans, archaeologists, and an alien species whose actions mimicked their human counterparts millennia ago; a few references to records
  9. Scroll icon James, Henry. "The Aspern Papers" (1888) in The Aspern Papers
  10. Scroll iconMcAuley, Paul J. "Recording Angel" (1995) in New Legends, ed. by Greg Bear, 1995
  11. Scroll iconMelville, Herman. "Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" (1853)
  12. Museum icon Niven, Larry. "Bird in the Hand" (1970) describes a raid on the Beverly Hills Library by time-travelers and mentions the Smithsonian Institution for a similar purpose, to acquire information about or an actual 20th century American automobile.
  13. Museum icon Phillips, Peter. "Lost Memory" (1952) in Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories #14 (1952), ed. by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg, 1986. Robots on a distant world descended from a human space exploration vessel salvage a spaceship with a man aboard and proceed to disassemble it inside a museum shed.
  14. Scroll icon Seabright, Idris. "Brightness Falls from the Air" (1954) in Galactic Empires 1, ed. by Brian Aldiss, 1976, mentions a "clerk in the city of records"
  15. Scroll icon Shaara, Michael. "All the Way Back" (1952) in Galactic Empires 1, ed. by Brian Aldiss, 1976, involves contact between human space explorers and a galactic-dominating alien species; mention of the "archives of Earth"
  16. shahar, eluki bes "Read Only Memory" by in Science Fiction DAW, 30th Anniversary, ed. by Elizabeth R. Wollheim and Sheila E. Gilbert, 2002
  17. Scroll iconTurtledove, Harry. "Trantor Falls" (1989) in Foundation's Friends: Stories in Honor of Isaac Asimov, ed. by Martin H. Greenberg, 1989 is set in Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe.
  18. Scroll icon van Vogt, A.E. "Concealment" (1943) in Galactic Empires 2, ed. by Brian Aldiss, 1976, contains references to a photographic print, a star map and reports
  19. Scroll icon Zebrowski, George. "Foundation's Conscience" in Foundation's Friends: Stories in Honor of Isaac Asimov, ed. by Martin H. Greenberg, 1989 is set in Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe.
  20. Scroll icon Museum icon Zelazny, Roger ."For a Breath I Tarry" (1966)

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