History Literature / DragonsEgg

14th Jan '16 3:52:27 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* HeavyWorlder: One of the most extreme examples. the Cheela has the same mass as a human being, but compressed into the size of a sesame seed.

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* HeavyWorlder: One of the most extreme examples. the The Cheela has the same mass as a human being, but compressed into the size of a sesame seed.
14th Jan '16 2:46:37 PM PDL
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* HeavyWorlder: One of the most extreme examples.

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* HeavyWorlder: One of the most extreme examples. the Cheela has the same mass as a human being, but compressed into the size of a sesame seed.
14th Jan '16 2:21:33 PM pittsburghmuggle
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Dragon's Egg is a 1980 hard science fiction novel by Robert L. Forward.

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Dragon's Egg ''Dragon's Egg'' is a 1980 hard science fiction novel by Robert L. Forward.
14th Jan '16 2:15:57 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The first human time is the year 2000 in a book written in 1980. There's not a lot of tech development though there are no personal computers and no internet. The idea of ''any'' computer time being a valuable resource you have to pay for time on in the year 2000 is kind of funny in retrospect. The nearest to this is the booking system in supercomputers and clusters, only the little difference that is no money involved, or Amazon's EC2.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The first human time is the year 2000 in a book written in 1980. There's not a lot of tech development though there are no personal computers and no internet. The idea of ''any'' computer time being a valuable resource you have to pay for time on in the year 2000 is kind of funny in retrospect. The nearest to this is the booking system in supercomputers and clusters, only the little difference that is no money involved, or Amazon's EC2.[=EC2=].
2nd Sep '15 12:25:10 AM pittsburghmuggle
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It is a first contact story about humans meeting the [[StarfishAliens Cheela]], a race of beings who live on the surface of a neutron star. Both races live at a different time frame - twenty-nine seconds for a human is the rough equivalent of a year for a Cheela. Was followed in 1989 by a sequel, ''Starquake'', which picks up exactly where ''Dragon's egg'' leaves off.

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It is a first contact story about humans meeting the [[StarfishAliens Cheela]], a race of beings who live on the surface of a neutron star. Both races live at a different time frame - twenty-nine seconds for a human is the rough equivalent of a year for a Cheela. Was followed in 1989 by a sequel, ''Starquake'', which picks up exactly where ''Dragon's egg'' Egg'' leaves off.
2nd Sep '15 12:24:44 AM pittsburghmuggle
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It is a first contact story about humans meeting the [[StarfishAliens Cheela]], a race of beings who live on the surface of a neutron star. Both races live at a different time frame - twenty-nine seconds for a human is the rough equivalent of a year for a Cheela. Was followed by a sequel, ''Starquake''.

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It is a first contact story about humans meeting the [[StarfishAliens Cheela]], a race of beings who live on the surface of a neutron star. Both races live at a different time frame - twenty-nine seconds for a human is the rough equivalent of a year for a Cheela. Was followed in 1989 by a sequel, ''Starquake''.
''Starquake'', which picks up exactly where ''Dragon's egg'' leaves off.
2nd Sep '15 12:21:16 AM pittsburghmuggle
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* FinishingEachOthersSentences: One sided. Because the humans speak so slowly to the Cheela, eventually the Cheela start to figure out the point of the sentence before the human is finished speaking. This is to the point that when the humans are finishing sending down the encyclopedia, the Cheela say they've already figured out a lot of the end, but it will be helpful for record purposes.
2nd Sep '15 12:13:53 AM pittsburghmuggle
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* AngstWhatAngst: The cheela adapt pretty quickly to learning that their entire worldview is false, though a single sentence implies that they do still have a religion of some sort even when they first enter space.



* HarsherInHindsight: During the Visit, the cheela discover that Amalita has the first stages of breast cancer, and cure her without any humans noticing. Twenty-two years after the book was published, Robert L. Forward would die of cancer.



* TechnologyMarchesOn: A bit for the humans, a ''lot'' for the Cheela.
2nd Sep '15 12:02:10 AM CKD
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* FlatCharacter: The humans in this story who are visiting the Cheela have a few simple characteristics, but are nothing more than a device to bring the Cheela in. The Cheela are far richer characters.

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* FlatCharacter: The humans in this story who are visiting the Cheela have a few simple characteristics, but are nothing more than a device to bring the Cheela in. The Cheela are far richer characters.[[note]]However, they are ''literally'' flat because of the neutron star's high gravity....[[/note]]
17th May '15 5:40:38 PM BrendanRizzo
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* EntertaininglyWrong: Cheela astronomy and religion, pre-contact, since they are making use of their own limited knowledge and resources. Funnily enough, if taken as metaphor, the stuff about the gods wanting to communicate with them aren't ''that'' wrong, since at that point the humans are about to initiate first contact.
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