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Dragon's Egg (Del Rey Impact) [Kindle Edition]

Robert L. Forward
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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"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

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Editorial Reviews


"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!"

"Bob Forward writes in the tradition of Hal Clement's Mission Gravity and carries it a giant step (how else?) forward."

"Dragon's Egg is superb. I couldn't have written it; it required too much real physics."

"This is one for the real science-fiction fan."

"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?"
   Author of Disturbing the Universe

"Forward has impeccable scientific credentials, and . . . big, original, speculative ideas."
--The Washington Post

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From the Publisher

I joined Random House in 1995 as General Manager for the House of Collectibles imprint. The offices for House of Collectibles are right next door to Del Rey and, since I have a passion for science fiction, I moseyed over and asked Veronica Chapman, a Del Rey editor, for a book recommendation. She asked if I was looking for a fantasy book or a hard science fiction book. I indicated the later and without hesitation she recommended Dragon's Egg.

Wow! What a truly great book! It is so brimming with new ideas and new perspectives that it literally expands your mind. It opens your eyes to new possibilities. Every few pages draw another exclaimation of "Wow!"

I wish I could say, "I liked the book so much, I bought the company." But next best thing did happen: I became General Manager of Del Rey. (Please note that your results from reading this book may vary.) Thank you, Veronica, for this fantastic recommendation which I whole-heartedly pass along to one and all.
                                                --Tim Kochuba, General Manager

Product Details

  • File Size: 858 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 034543529X
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1 Reprint edition (February 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G8PJDA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alien aliens, flat humans, and a mind-bending story August 26, 2006
As others have noted, the alien cheela, despite being only 0.5 mm tall, have far more depth than the human characters in this novel. This story is about the cheela, and the humans serve mainly as a plot device. Further, the cheela are a *very* different from us, in almost every way -- size, speed, environment, and culture. This will doubtless put many readers off, as there is little to relate to our frame of reference. If you prefer your aliens to be humans with bumpy noses, look elsewhere.

If, on the other hand, the idea of aliens that really *are* alien appeals to you, this is a great read. Reading about the development of civilization in such an alien context is fascinating. There are parts where the story of the cheela becomes very compelling. Swift-Killer's Climb is nothing short of heroic (yes, something unexciting can still be heroic). The brief "Visit" between humans and Cheela is a blast.

I don't give it five stars, because the human characters *are* flat. It may well be impossible to place both truly alien beings and interesting humans in the same story (as opposed to two different, co-located stories). A separate human story would still be something, though, and it appears the author either did not even try to develop one, or failed completely. The humans are a plot device -- they give the author a reason to tell the story of the cheela, nothing more. Likewise, the human discovery of the "Egg" and the expedition reads as very contrived. Every work of fiction is contrived, of course, but good fiction keeps the reader from noticing. These drawbacks mar what would otherwise be a true masterpiece of science fiction.

While it is radical fiction, this book is based on a strong foundation in reality -- both science fact and scientific speculation.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very worthy SF read! July 12, 2001
Robert L. Forward has written an absolutely wonderful account of an alien life that simply has not been done as well as this in any other SF book I've read.
To set the tone, picture a neutron star. This is simply one of the most hostile astronomical bodies out there, something that man can orbit only with the most sophisticated equipment and technology, but from which man could learn a lot about the universe. So, when one such star is within reach of a human spacecraft, we go.
And find life on the surface of the star.
In dealing with the development of the alien race, the Cheela, Forward has crafted a magnificent piece of SF. It's unfortunate that the sophistication that he shows in regards to these aliens doesn't quite shine through with the human characters in the story. Often the humans come off flat and a little less then interesting, but this is completely overshadowed by the Cheela. Playing with notions of relative time, alien forms of perception, and with a SF ending that puts most other "alient contact" books to shame, "Dragon's Egg" is required reading for any fan of SF.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Hard Sci-Fi December 2, 2004
I read this back in the 80's, after reading a recommendation in a book by Arthur C. Clarke. Altho Forward was not the only scientist to speculate on the possibliity of exotic life on a neutron star (Steven Baxter does a better job of it in his excellent novel, FLUX ), and altho the character development and writing style are at times severely lacking in Dragon's Egg, the author does tell a story worth reading. The technological details will fascinate some, and bore others, but the concept of life existing under such conditions will hold your attention, and the characters do sort of grow on you after awhile. The accelerated time frame of the Cheela is suspect, but it does add an interesting twist to the tale, particularly when their technology starts to bypass that of their human visitors.
This is not in the running for the greatest science-fiction novel ever written. And of this author's works, I personally liked Flight of the Dragonfly better. (Later expanded into Rocheworld, which I haven't read.) Dragon's Egg is , however, quite an interesting yarn taking place in one of the unlikeliest of locales. Read it and enjoy, as well as the sequel, Starquake.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My family's all-time favorite novel(s) of any genre! December 23, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Forward presents amazingly full-blown alternate realities to his readers gift-wrapped as sci-fi novels. Included for your $$ value is the research scientist's world-renowned expertise in the field of gravitational astronomy and radiation. My entire family agrees that Dragon's Egg and its sequel Starquake provide moments of profound enlightenment, immaculately constructed science, and the thrilling possibility of communication between vastly different species. I cannot recommend it too highly. [I wish others would abide by the review rules. Some sneer at the honest reviews of others, assuming a pseudo-intellectual, 'I know better than thou' stance. What purpose is served by printing the negativity of people who are incapable of producing a coherent review, let alone an entire novel that thrills millions?]
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just Si-Fi October 26, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Most Si-Fi books look to life and situations that will, or could, arise in the future but this is so much more. Occasionally Si-Fi writers have branched out into areas outside the norms of Si-Fi, Asimov's Psychohistory to mention one. In Dragon's Egg Forward does this with great simplicity and yet keeps thrilling us with true flights into the imagination.
Dragon's Egg goes into the full mental and sociological development of a species from the development of mathematics, to GOD, and beyond. The story is not expected to become a reality but, in a way, has already happened.
I have lent my copy to so many people that it has about fallen apart, but until I get a new copy it will remain my most treasured book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story
Robert L Forward specializes in writing near term science fiction/fact. His background as a scientist makes his writing very plausible. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James W. Ross MD
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, unputdownable book.
Wow. Tightly written and you could journey through the rise of a civilization within a few hours.
Hard sci-fi and unthinkable imagination of the author. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anandasubramanian
2.0 out of 5 stars I tried to get into this book but I could ...
I tried to get into this book but I could not finish up this book.I could not care for the characters.I could not even finish the book ,even though I tried.
Published 2 months ago by duane greer
1.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing idea, awful, awful writing.
While the author clearly has an impressive grasp of physics, he is not a good writer. The dialogue is awful and no one sounds at all like a real person. Read more
Published 3 months ago by William R. Ridgeway
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good!
Published 4 months ago by José Maria Matias
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Eggactly Science in SciFi, as I like.
I like SciFi that has a firm foundation in real science, and Forward delivers this in spades with his book about life that evolves on the surface of a Neutron star. Read more
Published 4 months ago by STEPHEN W BENNETT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent science fiction story with varied elements and a unique take on the idea of first contact.
Published 4 months ago by Marcus Menghini
5.0 out of 5 stars Forward describes an entirely foreign chemistry, biology, and ...
Forward describes an entirely foreign chemistry, biology, and evolutionary and social history, set on the surface of a neutron star. He makes a whole society inside that world. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joseph Langeway
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheers for the Cheela
I thought this was a fantastic story and am about to read the sequel. I developed great empathy with the Cheela and was delighted for their development. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jowake
4.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent hard
Writing isn't stellar (sorry), but the concepts are out-of-this-world (so sorry). Really excellent hard sci-fi
Published 5 months ago by Chris Cobcroft
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