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Dragon's Egg [Mass Market Paperback]

Forward Robert L.
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1 Feb 1981
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 . . .
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; First Thus edition (1 Feb 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034528349X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345283498
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 9.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,356,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any "hard" science fiction fan 2 Dec 2000
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One of the best books I've ever read.
Start with a neutron star, one of the densest things known to man, send humans out to investigate it, discover life on it (under heavier gravity than you could ever imagine with lifes measured in seconds rather than years), and sit back and read what happens - I couldn't put this book down.
It's better than Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven and Arthur C. Clarke all rolled into one.
I hope that they re-release the sequel as well "Starquake".
Just a quick word of warning - this is not a new book - it was released originally 20 years ago and the sequel 15 years ago. The story doesn't date, but just check to make sure it's not already in your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars hard science badly written 9 Oct 2011
The other reviews summarise this book well,. Its good hard SF, with the implications of the theme well worked out. But the writing is leaden, the characters and speech so badly drawn as too be funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sci Fi 5 Jun 2014
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It's a hard thing to explain how amazingly brilliant Dragon's Egg is without ruining things for a newcomer.
The idea's created and explored in this novel are a must read for any fan of hard Science Fiction, seeing the development of the culture of the Cheela and their struggles in the vast amount of time they go through to their eventual end is one of the best pieces I've read in a long time.

If you enjoy a very good read, an intriguing story and wonderful descriptive imagery, then this book is a must for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful sci-fi 14 Aug 2013
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As an avid reader of sci-fi - especially 'hard' sci-fi, I loved this book and I recommend it to everybody! I'm becoming a bit of a dragon's Egg bore.

The author's depiction of the human characters is sometimes criticised for being a bit two-dimensional - who cares - the Cheela more than compensate and they are the stars of this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dragons Egg 14 April 2013
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I don't normally read science fiction but after reading the prequel to this book (Starquake) I just had to get the sequel and I was not disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent SF 30 Jan 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book about 20 years ago - pretty much in one sitting on a wet weekend in Felixstowe. Found it again in the loft and pretty much repeated the one sitting reading. Excellent, hard core science fiction. Incredibly thought provoking - you're sitting there thinking - "impossible, how could life possibly evolve in such conditions, how could particles arrange themselves into such complex patterns, etc, reproduce and ultimately become sentient. Poppycock. Unlike here on Earth, where we totally understand how simple the emergence of Life was here, etc....." Big ideas and concepts as well as some interesting physics. Ok, Forward's human characters may not be that complex - but then I've never reckoned that Arthur C. Clarke could create a good character - besides, the book isn't really about the humans. A great read, and "Starquake" is essential reading if you find this book in any way interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome! 9 July 2012
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I read this book whilst studying Professor Alex Filippenko's Introduction to Astronomy 96 lecture course during which time he mentioned this book and recommended it to his students. I was pleased to see it available for the Kindle and so decided to purchase and download it.

What an awesome book! A huge star collapses in on itself and the resultant neutron star with something like 13 million times the density of Earth becomes the home to the Cheela, a race of creatures only about half a centimetre on size, more like little corpuscles with twelve sets of eyes and an ever increasing intelligence. The author describes the evolution of these creatures and tells of their life as they pray to a bright star they can see in the sky - a visiting spaceship from Earth. Read about the lives, struggles and triumphs and the Cheela live their lives (millions of times faster than humans live - I think an hour or two in human time was a whole generation of Cheela lives.) There was even a bit of the story of Christ thrown in as one Cheela lives and dies in a vary Christ-like way.

Fascinating read and one I would recommend any sci-fi fan to give a go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Variety of life 27 Dec 2011
In this book autor describes one world so different from ours, like difference between one big organic molecule and one carbon atom nucleus. Neverthelles, two so different life form can establish contact and even help each other to survive complete disasters in their worlds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read
Kept me engrossed from beginning to end. Can't wait for Starquake to be on the kindle. A must for any hard science fiction reader or for anyone who enjoys a well told story.
Published 12 days ago by Paul Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars One of few SCIENCE fiction stories
Most science fiction stories have no science and a lot of fiction. This is an enjoyable story with a lot of reverence to facts. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2011 by Ivar B Kristvik
5.0 out of 5 stars Good science, great science fiction
This is one of the greatest works of science fiction ever written, set on the surface of a neutron star, where huge gravitational and electromagnetic forces squeeze matter into a... Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by Pipistrel
4.0 out of 5 stars The story of a world, in just a few days
This is the surprisingly engaging story of the Chela, whose world is the surface of a neutron star, and who live lives vastly accelerated compared to human ones. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2011 by G. T. Kingston
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great mind trip
If you're familiar with astronomy or physics and like your fiction to have a unique quality in plot or concept rather than just be a new variation on familiar themes, this book is... Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2009 by Quality Seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
A true SF novel for the true SF fan!
I love reading all sorts of SF books, even the lighter corny ones with lots of space ships and laser guns, but nothing beats a fictional... Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2008 by Joao Carvalho
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