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Dragon's Egg (was Re: Ferochromon: the Ebisedian conworld

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 24, 2002, 22:08
Tim May wrote:

>John Cowan writes: > > Roger Mills scripsit: > > > > > I recall a SF novel (and a ST(NG? episode) that dealt with a > > > planet orbiting its primary so quickly that in earth/ship time of > > > one hour or so, life on the planet went from stone to bronze age; > > > after another hour they were developing rockets. > > > > Robert Forward, _Dragon's Egg_. The ST:V episode was called "Blink > > of an Eye". > > > >It wasn't a planet, though, in _Dragon's Egg_. It was a neutron star. >IIRC, time wasn't actually "going faster" on the surface, it's just >that time-perception was different for the Cheela because the >"chemical" reactions in impure neutronium are so much more >rapid... it's a long time since I read it though, there may have been >a relativistic element. Certainly "earth/ship time of one hour or so, >life on the planet went from stone to bronze age; after another hour >they were developing rockets" describes the story.
Yes, that's more or less as I remember it. I kindof thought they orbited a quasar or pulsar, but could be mistaken. Wasn't their planet really tiny, just barely visible? and the beings were micropscopic in size???? Certainly it was a sufficiently interesting and well-written book that the basics stuck with me. The Star Trek episode, which (re)ran within the past month or two, was only vaguely similar-- I'm not a steady viewer, so don't know whether it's -Voyager or - Next Gen. It did involve Picard, however, and the aliens were rather Japanese looking....IIRC


Tim May <butsuri@...>