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Dragon's Egg

By Robert L. Forward

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published In: United States, 01 February 2000
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 . . .

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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"A knockout . . . In science fiction there is only a handful of books that stretch the mind--and this is one of them."--Arthur C. Clarke "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 "Forward's book is a knockout. In science fiction there is only a handful of books that stretch the mind--and this is one of them!"--ARTHUR C. CLARKE "Bob Forward writes in the tradition of Hal Clement's Mission 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 Author of Disturbing the Universe "Forward has impeccable scientific credentials, and . . . big, original, speculative ideas."--The Washington Post

EAN: 9780345435293
ISBN: 034543529X
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Dimensions: 21.64 x 13.97 x 2.16 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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Neutron fast breeder encounter.


A human expedition to a Neutron star finds an alien race living there, but stuck in a low tech level of development. Communication between the two becomes a tricky exercise because of this, the conditions, and the fact that the lifespans of of the species are actually measured in minutes, by human terms.

The appendices for this book are also quite entertaining, perhaps the best part.

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