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Dragon's Egg: 1 Audio CD – Unabridged, 21 November 2017
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About the Author
Todd McLaren, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice acting, where he has been heard on more than five thousand television and radio commercials, as well as television promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- ASIN : B08XZGMX1Z
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (21 November 2017)
- Language : English
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200651948
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 19.05 cm
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The premise is very imaginative and the story of the development of the cheela civilization is really gripping. And the different speeds of human and cheela life gave the whole thing a bit of real poignancy.
All in all a very enjoyable and thought-provoking read.
What an awesome book! A huge star collapses in on itself and the resultant neutron star with something like 13 million times the density of Earth becomes the home to the Cheela, a race of creatures only about half a centimetre on size, more like little corpuscles with twelve sets of eyes and an ever increasing intelligence. The author describes the evolution of these creatures and tells of their life as they pray to a bright star they can see in the sky - a visiting spaceship from Earth. Read about the lives, struggles and triumphs and the Cheela live their lives (millions of times faster than humans live - I think an hour or two in human time was a whole generation of Cheela lives.) There was even a bit of the story of Christ thrown in as one Cheela lives and dies in a vary Christ-like way.
Fascinating read and one I would recommend any sci-fi fan to give a go.
It takes them from hunter-gatherer beginnings through to a Roman-style society, and then into their contact with a human exploratory crew. This has large implications for their society, both religious and intellectual. By the end, their society evolves enormously and they are no longer the learners.
The evolution of the Chela through their various challenges is the key part of the book, focussing on individuals as well as the whole society, and their religious and scientific ideas are effectively and compassionately treated.
The human part of the story, although well done, is not of quite the same level, but it does convincingly describe the process of discovery, with all its blind alleys.
Overall, this is a thoroughly good work of Hard SF imagination.