Monday, September 22, 2014

Alex's Underrated Treasures Blogfest - Dragon's Egg and Starquake

 
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Alex J. Cavanaugh says:

'Everyone has a favorite movie or band that no one else has ever heard about. For whatever reason, they remain undiscovered and underrated. Post about your favorite unknown – one or all four – dealer’s choice!  MOVIE – BAND/ARTIST – TV SHOW – BOOK

Hop through the linky list and have fun!'

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I chose a science fiction novel(s) by Robert L. Forward, Dragon's Egg and its companion story Starquake, an story about the fast life of Cheelas, creatures on a neutron star, and the humans who discover the intelligent life. Published in 1980 by Del Rey Books, Ballantine Books, N.Y. This is hard science fiction, and a bit different from contemporary fast paced space operas.


Dragon's Egg:

Intelligent life is found on a neutron star, a extremely dense entity which humans cannot land upon. The creatures live a hundred years in one hour of human time. A Cheela evolves from savagery to science in a span of days, with the help of astronauts orbiting high above Dragon's Egg. These humans become observers, then teachers, then friends.

Starquake:

A monstrous quake rocks Dragon's Egg, destroying many Cheelas. A few survivors fight for their lives. The humans, so high above the neutron star must decide whether to let this alien race risk extinction or try to help and perhaps die in the attempt.


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Dr. Robert L. Forward, is a science fiction novelist, science-fact writer and consulting scientist. In 1987, Forward left Hughes Aircraft Company Research Labs, in order to become a writer and aerospace consultant. Between 1983 to the present, he contracted to work for the Department of Defense (US) and NASA on a project to discover breakthroughs in space power and propulsion. 


Dragon's Egg
1980


Starquake
1985




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The copy I have includes both stories: Dragon's Egg and Starquake. Published in 1980 by Del Rey Books , Ballantine Books, N.Y.



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Just so all you dragon lovers know: There are no dragons in this novel, the constellation in question is shaped like a dragon, with the neutron star acting as the egg. To access the linky list, go to Alex's Blog.

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 Have you read anything by Robert L. Forward?  Do you prefer something lighter than hard science fiction?

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here, and I'll respond. Thanks for dropping by and hope you enjoy the bloghop!

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References:

http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com / Alex J. Cavanaughhttp://insecurewriterssupportgroup.com ISWG, a writers support group

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60 comments:

  1. Never heard of these. I like the idea of a constellation shaped like a dragon. :)

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    1. The people discovering it in the story were scientists. The idea of something living on a neutron star boggled my mind.

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  2. I don't care much for science fiction. I've tried to like it but it just doesn't grab me.

    If I had to pick an underrated band it'd be the 60s group Mountain Bus who only did one album. For TV show it'd have to be 'Adventures of Brisco County Jr', which oddly enough did have some SciFi elements to it, but was more of a steampunk western. It lasted just one season.

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    1. Yes, we each have our own tastes, JoJo, and I'm like that about erotica. Just not into that.

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  3. *looking for paper/pen, found post-it, scribbling*

    Oh yeah, this looks like a winner. Going to Amazon or the nearest public library to look this up. Thanks!!
    Author of Wilder Mage at Spirit Called
    Facebook Wilder Mage

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    1. I found it on Amazon when I was looking for the cover images, but I originally found it at the library, Huntress.

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  4. I've not read his books! Marking them down so I can download one later.

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    1. The beginning is a little slow as we learn how the neutron star came close to Earth so it could be discovered, but the action picks up once the humans contact the species.

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  5. And thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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    1. It's the choices you pick for the blogfests, Alex, that make them fun. My pleasure to join in.

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  6. I'm not familiar with that author. Thanks!

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    1. I'm learning about a lot of new authors and films, too.

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  7. No, I haven't read any of his work, but this sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!!! I forgot to write about books! Glad you didn't!!

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    1. I'm glad everyone else wrote about those other items: movies, tv and music, Lisa, it brings back memories.

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  8. Never heard of these, but they sound pretty interesting. Right up my alley (even if no dragons). And I love those cheesy 80s covers they're sporting.

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    1. Cheese does have its place in literature, and I do hope the upcoming wedding is memorable in many ways!

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  9. Haven't heard of these before. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

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    1. I couldn't come up with the other alternatives at this time (tv, movies, bands, etc.)

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  10. Forward is a great author. They used the premise of DRAGON'S EGG in an episode of VOYAGER. I cannot remember if they attributed its genesis to Dr. Forward or not. :-)

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    1. That's quite interesting, Roland, and hubs and I both read this book. I still make comments about me running on Cheela time. Some of these scientists had great ideas for scifi stories.

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  11. These both sound RIGHT up my alley. Awesome recommendations!

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    1. Glad you think so! The story is told from the POV of the Cheelas and the astronauts.

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  12. These sound interesting - I'm a fan of all things dragon! Over the years I've helped my daughter complete her Windstone dragon collection - they are amazing.

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    1. Only the constellation is dragon. Kind of a lure.

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  13. I've heard of Robert Forward, but I haven't read anything by him that I can recall. This sounds like classic sci-fi like I used to read many years ago.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  14. I want to read these now! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Glad they appeal to you. Imagine the gravity of a neutron star.

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  15. Never heard of that but it sounds really, really interesting.

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    1. I knew it was obscure, and I discovered it in the library.

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  16. I've never heard of those, but they sound really good. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks to Alex's blogfest and this treasure (IMO) was sitting in my bookcase.

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  17. Not familiar with these books, but they sound fascinating, particularly given Forward's background. While I don't always understand the science behind hard science fiction, I appreciate that it feels closer to what could happen. Probable doesn't matter to me, feasible does. I'm intrigued.

    VR Barkowski

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    1. This story was unique at the time, and caught my imagination.

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  18. No surprise, your entries, and no surprise I haven't heard of them D.G. They do sound intriguing. :)

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    1. Hmm, Denise, does that mean I'm predictable?

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  19. Both sound very intriguing. It's amazing I'm learning so much from this blog hop.

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  20. I'd like to read those books. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. D.G., my father loved science fiction. My brother likes fantasy, but I don't know about hard-core sci fi. And me... I can read fantasy much better than science fiction.

    It sounds like you've turned on a lot of readers here, so I think your post was a hit!!!

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    1. You've got to be a hard-core scifi fan to love hard scifi, and I think it will make a comeback with all the MARS news that hitting the media. These are physicists and scientists writing some of these, but I also have hard scifi elements in my stories. Research is easier with the internet.

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  22. I'm not familiar with these books. Thanks for sharing about them for the Underrated Treasures Blogfest.

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  23. These books sound right up my alley. I must hunt for them. Thanks for sharing them.

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    1. I found the covers on Amazon, Jo, so that's one source.

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  24. I haven't delved a lot into Sci-Fi reading, but it sounds like something my husband would like. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  25. You are right, I have never heard of either one. I don't read Sci-Fi these days. I used to, but haven't for a long time now. I will email soon, I am so behind.

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    1. Different strokes for different folks, Inger. Your emails are welcome anytime, but hope all is well. We can compare notes.

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    2. PS - there's another short Paris story on the WEP post just up today. If you're interested.

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  26. I have not read much science fiction but this book sounds quite interesting. I read more non-fiction books but trying to get back into fiction again...oh my

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    1. I read some non-fiction as well, mostly about Paris, history, music or art biographies. But I love good science fiction, just as I loved visiting NASA.

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  27. I haven't heard of these books and yes, at first I thought it was about dragons. :) Sounds interesting anyway.

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    1. I had to read it to find out how anything could live on a neutron star. . .Thanks for visiting, Father Dragon (of course you would think that from the name)

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  28. I hadn't heard of this and am starting to really like sci-fi. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. This book really made an impression on me as it shows anything is possible in scifi.

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  29. Very interesting.
    No, I can't say that I've read, or heard of, these.
    Good selections.

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    1. I visited your blog, J. Lenni, but couldn't comment as it's Google + only it appears, so wouldn't let me because I'm not on the G+, but I have to say I hadn't heard of your choices, either.

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