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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.

©1980 Dr. Robert L. Forward (P)2017 Tantor

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“Forward has impeccable scientific credentials, and...big, original, speculative ideas." ( The Washington Post)

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Classic Hard Science Fiction

I love the writings of Dr. Forward. There is nothing like science fiction written by an actual physicist. I am hoping it will not take Audible long to release the second and third Cheela books as Audible titles. It has been decades since I read these books with my eyes, and now I am loving to re-read this one with my ears. :)

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read this when it was cirst published

what a great way to enjoy this story again.
the concept is a great stepping stone

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  • Don Betz
  • Cincinnati, OH United States
  • 02-19-18

Awesome

I Love this book! Great mind, great story. Hopefully Starquake will be available soon! Go Forward!

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Great story

The audio was a little quiet. But the story was amazing! The story is easy to follow, even if you don't know the science. I can't wait for starquake (the sequal) to be an audiobook too.

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A great concept well executed

The story took awhile to warm up but the wait is worth it. Reminds me of _Children of Time_ by A. Tchaikovsky.

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Genius - absolutely genius concept and book

WOW! I love hard science fiction, but this concept was so uniquely brilliant I am amazed that I've never heard of it before. My new favorite series - beating out Expeditionary Force's humor with its depth of story and science.

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OUTSTANDING

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I absolutely loved this. This is hard sci-fi and it takes great pains at every step to describe the process of problem solving without ever resorting to hand-waving. I was fascinated to follow the development of the aliens from hunter-gatherers to civilization. This is a must-read for fans of hard sci-fi.

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Okay Story., but meh...

For some reason I just could not suspend my disbelief and get into this book. Perhaps I'm just being too nerdy and concentrating on the impossibilities.

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