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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1 Reprint edition (Feb. 29 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034543529X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345435293
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #326,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C Delfino on Oct. 17 2001
Format: Paperback
As you'll read a plot synopsis and some specific puffs and pans of the author's writing abilities in the other reviews, I'll stick to what I have always found to be the most intriguing part of the book: The Cheela. They become people. They develop a self awareness, personalities, an intriguing society, ethics, science, and sufficient patience, tolerance, and appreciation of a totally alien race of beings (humans) to make contact in a mutually beneficial manner.
Yeah, there's a bunch of "hard" science in here, but not as much as some of the other reviews make it seem. I disagree with the reviewer who thinks the author pokes some fun at humanity as he tracks the Cheela. Instead, it seems he presents some strong moral lessons along with the Cheela's history, and invites the reader to compare how we (humans) have faced the same challenges. As allegory, this is a superb story.
The writing at the beginning is a bit dry, but don't give up on it. As the plot and narrative style unfold, the pace picks up, and the story blossoms.
This book is best appreciated by the young and impressionable.
I first read it when I fit into that category, and for many years its insights haunted my reality. When I went back to it, still many more years later, I wasn't as bowled over by some of the revelations as I had been the first time through. Partly, this was because I'd explored the author's ideas in greater depth from the perspectives of other disciplines, and partly because there's a tinge of cynicism that creeps in over the years.
For all that, I still rate it as one of my top ten books of all time (and I've read thousands). Admittedly, it didn't make it there because of an elegant prose style.
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By Jamie on Jan. 26 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a great book! The price being charged for the electronic edition is ridiculous however. Until the publisher sees some sense stick with your public library.
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By Blair Colquhoun on June 14 2004
Format: Paperback
I first read this back in 1984. It's a great book. It's about a team of scientists who go to a distant star to observe the
local inhabitants. The book begins with a native noticing that
his planet's sun is going to swallow his planet. Then it continues with the crew of the St. George, as they study the
natives who live on the star. They're like amoebas or paramecia. It's not life as we know it. These are life forms, that after all, live on a star. Dr. Forward, who'd worked for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, on the unmanned mission that dominated the 1980s___Voyager.
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By Sarah Sammis on June 6 2004
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The opening bit of the Cheela's story is a tad slow and the ending, while providing perfect closer is also a tad hokey. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It reminded a great deal of The Listeners by James E. Gunn.
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I've read quite a bit of Robert Forward's "hard" science fiction. It all began with this book.
Forward describes the conditions under which life might actually evolve on the surface of a neutron star -- and what that life might look like.
An extremely imaginative book which might be difficult for some who prefer more character development and less real science, but for those who wish to really have their minds stretched, this book is a good place to start.
Highly recommended.
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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.
'Nathan
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Dragon's Egg is a great read because it is more than just science fiction. Forward makes some powerful statements (sometimes rather amusing) about humanity. During the development of the cheela (the lifeforms on the surface of the neutron star) he frequently pokes fun at humanity. For example, the development of cheela religion is a well done jab at our society.
Personally I thought the book spent too much time developing the cheela and not enough time getting the reader familiar with the humans hovering above the star. You don't really learn much about the humans until very late in the book. I guess I was hoping to know more about them, their motives, etc. All in all it was a very worthwhile read.
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Robert L. Forward is one of the best hard science fiction authors and this is his best work. Watch as a civilization of aliens no bigger than a mustard seed go from early tribes to faster-than-light spaceships in one book. This is a first in a two book series.
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