Dragon's Egg

Dragon's Egg

by Robert L. Forward
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Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward

“In science fiction there is only a handful of books that stretch the mind—and this is one of them.”—Arthur C. Clarke
 
In a moving story of sacrifice and triumph, human scientists establish a relationship with intelligent lifeforms—the cheela—living on Dragon’s Egg, a neutron star where one Earth hour is equivalent to hundreds of their years. The cheela culturally evolve from savagery to the discovery of science, and for a brief time, men are their diligent teachers.
 
Praise for Dragon’s Egg
 
“Bob Forward writes in the tradition of Hal Clement’s Mission of Gravity and carries it a giant step (how else?) forward.”—Isaac Asimov
 
Dragon’s Egg is superb. I couldn’t have written it; it required too much real physics.”—Larry Niven
 
“This is one for the real science-fiction fan.”—Frank Herbert
 
“Robert L. Forward tells a good story and asks a profound question. If we run into a race of creatures who live a hundred years while we live an hour, what can they say to us or we to them?”—Freeman J. Dyson
 
“Forward has impeccable scientific credentials, and . . . big, original, speculative ideas.”The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307779304
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/16/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 7,942
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Robert L. Forward was a consulting scientist, future technologist, lecturer, and science fact and fiction writer. He was the author of Dragon’s Egg and its sequel, Starquake, as well as ten other science fiction novels, three works of science fact, and numerous popular science articles and short stories. He died in 2002.

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Dragon's Egg 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the book that got me into sci fi. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This gripping novel details a profoundly alien society from its primitive origins to levels of technology far beyond the understanding of its human observers. Earth's 1st interstellar space probe has set up a complex orbit to ensure survival during a month-long study of a neutron star. Only a nanosecond of exposure to the tremendous gravitational forces of the incredibly dense and rapidly spinning star would destroy all cells of an Earth organism. Who could anticipate life or intelligence in such a hostile environment? Or that a full day's activity could occur in the life of a cheela (the size of a sesame seed!) during one star rotation lasting 1/5 of an Earth second? My whole family was mesmerized from start to finish, and equally ecstatic with the sequel 'Starquake', which adds another human day (100 cheela generations) to an unforgettable saga. Researcher/novelist Dr. Forward's rare gift offers readers the benefit of his vast knowledge of gravitational astronomy in an easy-to-grasp form that educates and delights. The science greatly enhances the plot - by another author the scenario would be pure fantasy; Forward leaves the reader convinced that a Cheela-like society is not only plausible, but simply awaits our discovery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago and have reread it a couple of times. It is the one book I have told anyone who shows an interest in sci-fi to read. Its combination of scientific knowledge and creating a fiction to fit this knowledge is so well told you can not put this book down. It is a must read for any sci-fi fan.
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catburglar More than 1 year ago
Captivating; well-written; a very unusual subject for a science fiction novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was about twelve. It was a bit advanced for me at the time. But, I've been looking for it for about twenty because I wanted to read it again. So happy to find it on my Nook!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A new look on the alternative life in the most unusual and hostile environment spiced with concealed comparison of the two utterly different civilisations. Fully recommendeded as well as the forthgoing 'Starquake'... Should you know of a book matching this, please let me know on the email attached...