“Before Eden,” Arthur C. Clarke, 1961 – Two explorers are amazed to find a vegetative life on Venus. Ironically, in coming to the planet, they introduce bacteria which will eventually kill all life on the planet. The photographs they take are the only record of the life that has evolved after millions of years of isolated evolution.
Comments: Read in Doorway into Time. A story of humanity’s blundering in a delicate ecosystem in search of knowledge.
Author: Wikipedia: “Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS, Sri Lankabhimanya, (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, famous for his short stories and novels, among them 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and as a host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World. For many years, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Clarke were known as the ‘Big Three’ of science fiction.”