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Rocheworld Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (April 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671698699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671698690
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am sad to say that this was pretty bad.
K. Schafer
Like most of Robert Forward's books, this one is for those who love Science at least as much as fiction.
W. C. Mann Jr.
This is the only Robert Forward book i've read, but I would like to try some more.
"phyed-rautha"

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. C. Mann Jr. on October 27, 2005
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Like most of Robert Forward's books, this one is for those who love Science at least as much as fiction. Though the life forms in Rocheworld were not as interesting as those he created in Dragon's Egg, I appreciate the fact that he continued to challenge the idea that all life should be (even remotely) like that on Earth. The idea of a culture far beyond ours intellectually, without the least bit of industry or technology also questions assumptions about what is an "advanced" civilization. But I think my favorite parts of this book were the ideas for long-distance space travel (Forward pioneered the use of solar sails) and the physics of the double-egg shaped world, including the tides and "snow" under the ammonia ocean.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By George C. Glanzmann on March 21, 2005
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"Rocheworld" is one of my all-time favorite sc-fi reads. I am glad Robert L. Forward was able to expand on his original manuscript to make this new improved version of "Flight of the Dragonfly", --retitled "Rocheworld". This book is about light-sail travel to a very far away twin world system that has very original aquatic aliens--a really grand adventure with four sequels to read.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "phyed-rautha" on May 30, 2000
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This is the only Robert Forward book i've read, but I would like to try some more. The "Fluben" are the most interesting aliens i've read about except maybe the "Moties" from "The mote in god's eye". They are very diffrent anatomically from human beings ,which is logical ,and they are all mathematical geniuses. They're all brain. that is, their whole body ( which is a cloud of a dense fluid hovering in the ocean )is allso the thinking organ. They can become smaller, tighter and harder, form a "rock" and in that state they are even more smart then usual ( and the usual is something like 400 i.q's ). Another thing about this book is that the aliens and the humans don't fight, they get along and like each other. the opponent is nature. Buy the book, it's an interesting read.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sdreksler@yahoo.com on February 21, 1999
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This is my favorite version of the three similar stories, all by Dr Forward. I first read Flight of the DragonFly (4.5 stars). A couple of years later, I read the full version of Rocheworld (Flight + parts of an earlier Rocheworld edition + additional material) and all of its sequels. I liked it even more than Dragon's Egg, my previous Forward Favorite.
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The author was clearly someone who loved science. However, in his attempt to describe the science in way too much detail, he forgot things such as logic. There are too many plot holes in both science and characters' actions that just shouldn't have been made. Just one, mid-level, example is sending all your pilots down on a single expedition. There are others, such as his lack of understanding of Hodgkins and its cures (I was diagnosed with it while he was writing the novel, I know his stats are off). Then there's a big one that I won't mention because it's key to the story.

What saves the book is the combination of two things. First, his love of science is very clear and enjoyable, and he only mildly overdoes is -- not to Melville standards. Second, while his humans often relate in very stereotypical manners, his aliens are fairly interesting.

It's a nice, average, hard science-fiction read.
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A team of 16 explorers agree to leave Earth forever to explore exciting planets and moons around our second nearest neighbor, Barnard's Star. Seemingly impossible double planet, aliens that are far from men in foam rubber suits, and constant new surprises for the crew. Crashed on a bizarre planet, always on the edge on maybe getting back to the ship, or being stuck till the consumables run out. Exciting, challenging, unique telling of the old 'man meets alien' story.
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By Michael J. Laramee on January 7, 2009
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RLF is another one of my favorite authors...

Too bad he died...

If you like hard science fiction - you will like this book.

MJL
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