Dragon's Egg

Dragon's Egg

by Robert L. Forward, Robert L. Forward


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“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: 9780345435293
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/29/2000
Series: Del Rey Impact Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 617,428
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.73(d)

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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 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.
aviatorz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a GREAT one in the sf genre. The late Robert L. Forward was a respected physicist, and If you like hard science in your science fiction, I can almost guarantee you won't be disappointed by Dragon's Egg. I have read it twice in the past, and plan to read it again. MEMORABLE.
stubbyfingers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is qualified as hard sci-fi, although being written in 1980, some of the science is slightly out of date, although not badly. In the not-too-distant future, researchers at Caltech discover a star closer to Earth than any other, located just below the constellation Draco, hence the name Drgon's Egg. It's a neutron star--a collapsed star that is very, very small (about 20km across) and dense and not very bright. A few generations later humans send out a manned spaceship to investigate it more closely. What they discover shocks and amazes them: intelligent life on the surface of the star! Most of the story is told from the point of view of the cheela, the lifeforms on Dragon's Egg. How does life survive in a place with so much gravity that molecules can't even exist? This book is similar to Hal Clement's "Mission of Gravity" (written in 1953) only moreso. A very good read with lots of interesting science (including a 20-page appendix for more details) and lots of ideas to think about long after you're done reading. This book has a sequel, "Starquake," which I look forward to reading.
jerevo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This tale of life on the surface of a neutron star is deservedly regarded as an sf classic. The science is well worked out, and the appendices are almost as enjoyable as the novel itself. The cheela, loveable blobs of nucleonic protoplasm that they are, are almost impossible to dislike.On the downside, as the author admits, the science preceeded the story - and it shows. The human characters are two-dimensional sketches, foils to the the flowering cheela civilisation. This initially irritates, but once the starship St. George (natch) arrives in orbit around the Egg, this ceases to matter, as the cheela are the real stars of the show. The book stands multiple re-reading. Enjoy.
wenestvedt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This has got to be one of my favorite hard science fiction books ever. The premise is an interesting one, yet the story isn't neglected for the science. The sequel wasn't as good, mind, but this was a very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great storytelling. Adventure along with science and the evolving of a civilization.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only got threw the first 50 pages and gave up. It moved way to slow for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Science fiction with real science! Loved the concept of this totally fresh first contact experience. I could not put this book down start to finish. Absolutely recommend for any true sci fit fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drags steam back to room. Steam is powerless compared to brother.
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Demon and acids room.
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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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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