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Robert L. Forward (1932–2002)

Autor(a) de Dragon's Egg

32+ Works 4,579 Membros 60 Críticas 11 Favorited

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Obras por Robert L. Forward

Dragon's Egg (1980) 1,404 exemplares, 29 críticas
Starquake (1985) 557 exemplares, 4 críticas
Flight of the Dragonfly (1984) 400 exemplares, 3 críticas
Rocheworld (1990) 330 exemplares, 3 críticas
Camelot 30K (1993) 297 exemplares, 5 críticas
Timemaster (1992) 281 exemplares, 3 críticas
Saturn Rukh (1997) 224 exemplares, 1 crítica
Indistinguishable From Magic (1995) 216 exemplares, 3 críticas
Marooned on Eden (1993) 175 exemplares, 3 críticas
Return to Rocheworld (1993) 171 exemplares, 3 críticas
Martian Rainbow (1991) 162 exemplares, 2 críticas
Ocean Under the Ice (1994) 125 exemplares
Rescued From Paradise (1995) 84 exemplares
Future Magic (1988) 45 exemplares

Associated Works

The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF (1994) — Contribuidor — 396 exemplares, 5 críticas
Black Holes (1978) — Contribuidor — 204 exemplares, 2 críticas
Riding the Torch (1974) — Posfácio, algumas edições100 exemplares, 2 críticas
Project Solar Sail (1990) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
The Endless Frontier: Volume II (1982) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Microverse (1989) — Contribuidor — 67 exemplares
Stellar #6: Science-Fiction Stories (1981) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. C, No. 4 (April 1980) (1980) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares, 1 crítica
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. CI, No. 5 (April 1981) (1981) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Drabble Project (1988) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Galileo Magazine of Science & Fiction September 1979 (1979) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Galileo Magazine of Science & Fiction November 1979 (1979) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Das Beste aus OMNI 1 (1983) — Contribuidor, algumas edições4 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum




Robert L. Forward (1932-2002) was better known as a physicist than a novelist. He worked on such science-fictionally hip projects as gravitational waves and the technology for spacecraft tethers. His first novel, Dragon’s Egg (1980), was inspired by Hal Clement's Mission of Gravity (1953), in which the crew of a human spacecraft interacts with a species on a high-gravity planet. In Dragon’s Egg, a human crew studies a fast-evolving species on the surface of a neutron star.
Like Clement, Forward was careful to keep his speculation scientifically accurate. He has been quoted as saying that his story was a textbook on neutron stars in novel form. The novel has a clever appendix explaining the physics. Its bibliography includes some fictional future works and some of Forward’s own scientific publications. I think I should have read it first.
The common complaint about his writing is that his character development is minimal. True enough, though I did root for several of his crab-like aliens. I also appreciated the timely case he makes for appreciating the talent of women in physics.
If your taste in science fiction runs to the hard stuff, you should relish a little Dragon’s Egg.
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Tom-e | 28 outras críticas | May 22, 2024 |
Fängt mit Weltraumkrieg an, was mir normalerweise nicht besonders gefällt.
Nach 100 Seiten aufgeben. Der Krieg ist schnell vorbei, aber es ist einfach langweilig geschrieben oder übersetzt. Oder liegt es einfach am Alter des Buches?
Aber es wird eine zweite Chance geben, ich habe noch Das Drachenei von Robert L. Forward im Regal stehen.
Stonerrockfan | 1 outra crítica | Oct 8, 2023 |
If you can get past the rampant sexism, hamfisted dialogue, inexplicable alien orgies, and detachment from all realistic human behavior, there's actually an interesting physics thought experiment here.
1 vote
vityav | 28 outras críticas | Sep 15, 2023 |
As my expectations going into this book were badly disappointed, it was only at a certain realization that I was able to enjoy it sufficiently to finish it and give it 3 stars. The forced writing, two-dimensional characterizations, awkward infodumps of elemental physics and organic chemistry, churlishly convenient aliens, and one-note story prevent this from being anything like an adult hard-SF novel; taken as a "gee-whiz, what-if" SF story for bright 12-year-olds, however, I could stand it as a kid's book.

That biological life could exist on a Kuiper Belt object in such a way as Forward proposes is the great leap of faith here. OK, taken. I'm willing to accept that. But for this life form to conveniently exhibit a recognizable civilization similar in operation to King Arthur's Camelot, and that this species could easily communicate with humans and establish clear understandings is too much. And don't even get me started on the evolutionary aspect of things; Forward should have stuck to his forte and not peddled the _Big Surprise at the End_ as sound evolutionary theory.

This is a neat read to get a kid to read more SF and maybe do science homework with a sense of fun. But this is not in a league with Lem, Reynolds, or even Clarke's "Meeting With Medusa" for aliens or non-terrestrial selection.
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MLShaw | 4 outras críticas | Jul 14, 2023 |



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