Scientists excavate the ruins on mars to find the key to the missing language for a martian civilization dated to be 50,000 years missing. The story provides the reader a platform to see H. Beam Piper's questions reasoned out.
What biases might a scientist have that will prohibit them from finding truth out of ruin? What is the role of history to a modern society? Should research be utilized to benefit the individual scientist; especially when they can gain financial privileges from their research?
Degrees, honors; the deference of the learned, and the adulation of the lay public. Positions, with impressive titles and salaries. Sweet are the uses of publicity.*Omnilingual was thought provoking, and showed H. Beam Piper to be a progressive thinker who utilized science fiction to pose questions and state answers for the 21st century.
*Piper, H. Beam (2009-07-27). The Terro-Human Future History Omnibus (Kindle Locations 1805-1806). Unknown. Kindle Edition.