Inherit the Stars kicked off James P. Hogan’s writing career. It is the first book in the Giants’ series. He finished it within a year to win an office bet. The premise is that upon building another base on the moon, the workers found a dead man in a space suit. He was 50,000 years old. He somehow lived long before he could have existed. I came away from this book thinking seriously about man’s place in the universe.
This book is hard science fiction rooted in careful research and clear logic. I read this after picking up the third book in the series, Giants’ Star. I already knew most of what was going to happen, but I didn’t know how it would proceed. I still enjoyed reading this, though the reveals didn’t have as much magic as they would have if I’d read this book first. This was a quick read. It took me about three evenings.