Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward

Dragon's Egg

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 . . .

Details Dragon's Egg

TitleDragon's Egg
Release DateFeb 16th, 2011
PublisherDel Rey
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Dragon's Egg

  • Bradley
    Classic Hardcore Hard-SF. :)Really hardcore, even, written by an astrophysicist and wild with the worldbuilding. :) It's the concept that shines. Think about the extended growth of a people from hunters and gatherers all the way to a massively accomplished civilization in the space of a single novel and add a little wrinkle: this happens in the space of how long it takes us for apes to notice a neutron star passing through our Solar System, to pu...
  • Manny
    TIME: 06:32:46.1 GMT APRIL 1 1978"I have researched it in every detail!" t'trummed Sky-Talker, as she waved her front manipulators impatiently. "For five greats of turns, I have done nothing else! You say that there is no way to communicate with the Slow Ones? Well, you are wrong!" "But I still don't understand," answered Cautious-Careful. "This plan of putting a - what's it called, 'novel'? - in the mind of a Slow One... I'm sorry, it won't work...
  • Algernon
    [9/10]Whose afraid of the 'science' part of the science-fiction equation? If you liked "The Martian" for the way Andy Weir communicates his enthusiasm for technology and science, get ready to (re)discover a hardcore classic of the genre. How hard? you might ask. Although many times hotter than the Sun, the neutron star was not a hot ball of gas. Instead, the 67-billion-gee gravity field of the star had compressed its blazing matter into a solid b...
  • Robert
    Dragon's Egg has nothing to do with dragons -- the dragon's egg is a neutron star being visited by humans who are suspending themselves in a stationary orbit by means of a propulsion laser.The laser light falls to and illuminates a small portion of the surface of the star. As it happens, the surface of the star has a "crust" of highly degenerate nuclear material, at densities and pressures that enable exotic nucleochemistry to occur -- nuclei wit...
  • Liz Janet
    Of all of the greatest science-fiction books written at the time of this novel, this one seems to be one that is not as popular, or as read as it should be. It is a novel that explores so much more than many popular series. Now that that is out of the way let us get something else out of the way too, this book is neither about eggs, nor is it about dragons, it is about a scientific discovery of a race called the cheela who live in a neutron star,...
  • Tfitoby
    Once in a while, a novel appears that has everything unique to science fiction - a brilliant new idea, honest extrapolation of real science, a gripping story with fascinating alien characters, and the indefinable but essential sense of wonder. Not my words, an unattributed quote on the back on my paperback, but between that and Arthur C. Clarke's pull quote on the front, "Forward's book is a knockout. In science fiction there is only a handful of...
  • Daniel
    My favorite aspect of this book is the time compression between the humans and the Cheela. It reminds me of a passage in The Indian in the Cupboard where "normal" sized Omri prepares a campfire for the tiny Indian with which to warm himself and to cook a tiny chunk of meat. As an eight-year-old child, I was bothered by this because I had a good idea that the tiny size of the fire meant that it would burn out quickly, e.g. it wouldn't burn all nig...
  • Lucie Simone
    I don't read much Sci-fi, but my brother bought me this book for my birthday, so I gave it a go. Aside from the setting being on a distant star and the main characters being tiny alien creatures, this book is really a study about the evolution of a species and its society. I was rapt by the developments these beings made as they progressed through their ultra short lifespans, creating religions, laws, philosophies and superstitions. A fascinating...
  • Amun (Mohamed Elbadwihi)
    “Go in a direction others do not go.” I'm ashamed to say that I'd never heard of Robert Forward before being introduced to this wonderful book. Huge thanks to my friend Cassy for dragging me out of that hole of ignorance!Dragon’s Egg is the story of the cheela, a civilization of tiny beings that evolved on the surface of Egg, a neutron star.The 67-billion-g surface gravity of Egg and its spin rate of over 1000 revolutions per second pose un...
  • Philipp
    Humankind discovers a close neutron star where extreme gravity rules, and intelligent (small) life has developed. Since the star spins so fast, "time" on the star progresses faster for the lifeforms - about 15 human minutes are one of their generation. A large part of the book focuses on the developments on the planet, and how the Cheela develop from stone age-like warriors to space-travellers surpassing humans. This is hard SF with a focus on ph...
  • Michael
    Alright, here's the basic gist: intelligent life lives on a planet that rotates five times per second. Because of the speed of rotation, gravity is very strong, and the life forms come out very unusual. Meanwhile, we Earthlings have discovered this asteroid, and send a research team to check it out. The thing is, not only do these creatures live on a quickly spinning planet, they LIVE faster than we do. They think faster, age faster, and develop ...
  • Laura
    This book is a fascinating, serious consideration of what life would be like on a neutron star. Given the gravity in such an environment turns everything into degenerate matter, molecules complex enough to support biology form by atomic nuclei sharing neutrons rather than electrons. Furthermore, the author postulates that in this high energy/density environment the creatures that have evolved here have a much higher rate of metabolism. One millio...
  • Steve
    A classic "hard" sf novel and a very unique first contact novel. Over 30 years old it is still an amazing read.
  • Adrian
    On the one hand, here we've got an extremely interesting high-concept sci-fi story — quite "hard" sci-fi up until they get so advanced as to be incomprehensible — written by a real physicist and aerospace engineer.On the other hand … well, it also reads like it was written by a physicist, and not by an author. Every sentence is short and simple (unless it's detailing a scientific concept), to the point where I felt the need to check to make...
  • Andrej Karpathy
    This book must absolutely be commended for its inventiveness, while staying within the limits of the scientifically plausible. Overall a very enjoyable hard scifi read, but if I had to critique some things, it would be: 1) the aliens are slightly annoyingly too human-like (would have appreciated an attempt at something more perplexing / foreign), 2) some parts of the book drag on for a very long time without being interesting (e.g. the various es...
  • David
    I read this book probably 20 years ago (funny how I keep remembering books I read a long time ago as I try to catalog them all on Goodreads). I can't say I remember the plot in detail, but it was a really fascinating hard SF novel about intelligent life forms who live on the surface of a star. They were very alien but still believable -- Robert L. Forward did a great job of describing their environment and how the incredible heat and gravity affe...
  • Gendou
    This is "hard" science fiction, my favorite kind.The plot is driven by believable, yet imaginative, consequences of physical laws.What's important to me in an SF novel is that things make sense.I love it when I get the feeling that the story is how it has to be.This book is a perfect example.Astrophysics sets the scene, and the characters do the discovering along side the reader.It's so much fun!
  • Neil Fleck
    Maybe the best hard scifi I've ever read. Starts off a bit slow, but the crazy, well thought out detail of the alien world is downright exhilarating by the end.
  • Chintogtokh
    Great concept but the clunky writing and a gloss over of how exactly human language could be deciphered irks me just a bit.
  • Rindis
    Dragon's Egg is a story assembled out of a few disparate parts. There's the formation of a neutron star from a supernova, the discovery of said star by astronomers in 2020, an expedition to said star... and then there's what's happening on the surface of the neutron star, which proceeds through several different arcs.That last, of course, is where the main imaginative elements of the novel come from. Incredibly, this is an exercise in hard SF, wi...
  • Elgin
    This book really blew me away. It is one of the most imaginative and amazing stories I have read. Furthermore, Forward is a scientist with JPL so his science in the story is right on. His follow up, Star Quake was also pretty good, but nothing he wrote after that did much for me.
  • Ami Iida
    Reading twice, finally it's intriguing!
  • Abraham Lewik
    Probably my favourite book this year, although it's not for everyone. Most distinctly there is a lack of character, yet it was an original & enjoyable tale. To compensate and surpass the characterlessness the author's style centres on factual trivia (Stephen Hawking-type), a fistful of historical snap-shots (Evolution Man to Leonardette da Vinci), and fantastic variant of physical phenomena. The finishing chapter is a lot of fun. In my opinion, t...
  • David
    The concept of the book is that a neutron star passes near the solar system. Humans send a research spaceship to study it. While there, the humans discover there is an intelligent species living on the neutron star.The book hops back and forth between what humans are doing (observing the neutron star from Earth, preparing the space mission, studying the star, and communicating with the other species) and what the aliens are doing. Because of the ...
  • LindaJ^
    3.5 stars rounded up to 4.0 starsThis is a sci fi classic. It is a first contact story with hard science (beyond my ability to appreciate) and little character development. The species encountered has a life span that is a million times faster than that of humans, which makes the contact difficult! The humans spend about 3 weeks communicating with the cheela and during that time, the cheela continue to develop scientifically, culturally, and poli...
  • Jackson Brogan
    4.5 stars. I liked this book a lot, but I don't think it deserves all five of my precious stars. The idea and plot were amazing; life evolves on a neutron star, a special star with 67 billion gs of gravity and extremely strong magnetic fields. The aliens (the cheela) are tiny (2 mm long) and can't lift themselves off the ground. They also live life one million times faster than humans: twenty human minutes is one cheela lifespan. Humans orbiting ...
  • Sergio
    He dudado mucho sobre si ponerle tres estrellas por un hecho que en realidad queda sepultado por el gran logro del libro: contiene una de las descripciones de forma de vida extraterrestre más fascinantes, originales y mejor descritas que haya podido disfrutar y todo el concepto de la vida desarrollada en la estrella y las condiciones a la que se ve sometida son un tratado de lo que debe ser la ciencia ficción hard. Entonces, ¿cuál es el probl...
  • Tom Britz
    Dragon's Egg is a cross between Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement and Microcosmic God by Theodore Sturgeon. In my opinion it rates right up there with them both. The story is about the discovery of a neutron star close enough to visit. While the team sent to study the neutron star are busy learning all they can about this mysterious visitor, unbeknownst to everyone there is a native civilization of creatures developed to live on the neutron star....