“In science fiction there is only a handful of books that stretch the mind—and this is one of them.”—Arthur C. Clarke
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.
Praise for Dragon’s Egg
“Bob Forward writes in the tradition of Hal Clement’s Mission of Gravity and carries it a giant step (how else?) forward.”—Isaac Asimov
“Dragon’s Egg is superb. I couldn’t have written it; it required too much real physics.”—Larry Niven
“This is one for the real science-fiction fan.”—Frank Herbert
“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
“Forward has impeccable scientific credentials, and . . . big, original, speculative ideas.”—The Washington Post
What happened when the glass exploded???
Why was it unfortunate???
I'm surprised there aren't more reviews. A classic of hard science fiction. More than a classic; one of the great such novels, from both the point of view of us and them. Vision, imagination, and science all working together.
The Cheela Origin of Species
Read this 20 years ago and it is still fascinating in the way it expands the mind. Unfortunately, Forward underestimated the period we humans are spending in the dark age of religion-induced ignorance and subsequent culture wars; we still fight the ultraconservative barbarians in Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Mexico, Nigeria, Sudan, and the "deep" southern United States.
I can't believe iBooks doesn't have the sequel, "Starquake" yet.