By Robert L. Forward
(Del Rey, Paperback, 9780345435293, 352pp.)
Publication Date: February 29, 2000
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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 . . .
Robert L. Forward is a consulting scientist, future technologist, lecturer, and science fact and fiction writer. He is the owner and Chief Scientist of Forward Unlimited, a consultant firm specializing in exotic physics and advanced space propulsion, and a partner and chief scientist of Tethers Unlimited, a partnership formed in 1994 with Dr. Robert P. Hoyt, specializing in highly survivable space tethers. He is the author of ten science fiction novels, the sequel to Dragon's Egg, and three works of science fact plus numerous popular science articles and short stories.
"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."
"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?"
--FREEMAN J. DYSON
Author of Disturbing the Universe
"Forward has impeccable scientific credentials, and . . . big, original, speculative ideas."
--The Washington Post