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Rocheworld (Rocheworld #1)

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Powered by a revolutionary laser-driven stardrive, the first interstellar expedition would reach the double planet circling Barnard's Star in a mere twenty years. Some of the world's finest scientists were abaord that ship, and they would arrive prepared for adventure, danger and - to them, most important of all - the thrill of scientific discovery. But what they would fin ...more
Paperback, 470 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Baen Books (first published 1984)
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Nov 10, 2009 Andrea rated it it was ok
Forward charges in with in a bold, self-reflexive move & proudly informs us less than one hundred pages (85-86) in of the nearly five-hundred, how exciting and well-written his story is going to be and just how it's all going to play out. We get the idea that we'll be looking at shiny vessels orbiting around monstrous planets, staffed with a highly intelligent crew, managing improbable escapes, floating around, eating free-range food while conducting world-changing research under the threat ...more
Jul 14, 2016 elidemelnibone rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-etc
Un début de lecture laborieux, un long voyage dans l'espace ennuyeux ... je ne me suis pas attachée aux humains formant l'équipage, tous bien braves au demeurant. Je retiens quand même les voiles à propulsion laser du vaisseau et l'ordinateur qui se décline en James, Jack, Jill, en satellites de communication et autres sondes Clete, Barbara, Splish et Splash etc.. Mais je suis contente de m'être accrochée pour enfin découvrir le système solaire original de l'étoile Barnard et de ses planètes, dé ...more
Mar 30, 2014 Jenelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
don't usually read hard science fiction and it took a minute for me to give in to this, but it was a great. it's not a great STORY, especially if you're into people, if you like PEOPLE in your books, but it will take you all the way into space. or, like, it miniaturizes space into an elegant physicist's model, and then you're miniaturized, too, and you get to zoom & roam around. right, that's what that would look like from here, ok and what about from there? it forced my brain to do a thing ...more
Justin Bremer
May 07, 2014 Justin Bremer rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish it. I wanted to, so very much, but I just couldn't get through it.

It was off to a strong start, a very solid hard sci-fi novel. Detailed science, plausible, well-explained. But, eventually it got bogged down in silly minutiae. I appreciated knowing how things like shed hair would be dealt with, but I didn't need to know exactly how much of which foods everybody on the mission was rationed, and I especially didn't need to know how much they ate in one sitting.

The first couple
Peter Auber
Sep 06, 2014 Peter Auber rated it liked it
I ordered this one from the States, and have just started it. Having recently read Dragon's Egg (which I recommend elsewhere) I am hoping for another tight, hard, SF novel. I'm not sure what to make of the publisher's blurb, that this is an extended version of the 1982 hardback novel. I hope it's not just a flabby text with lots of extra nonsense (you only need to read JKR's recent work to understand what I mean).....Well now I've read it, I can reveal all ;-) It is just a bit too long; too much ...more
Nov 12, 2015 Desiree rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who is already a bit leery of science fiction, this really did me in. I needed to read this for a class, and while I'm told the science is really really solid by a lot of people who read it, it is the worst book I've had the misfortune to lay hands on in a long while. Forward has made an amazing premise, and could have written an amazing story to go with it...but he is simply not a writer, in the same way that Carl Sagan was not meant for fiction when he wrote Contact. I can respect t ...more
Jose lana
Nov 18, 2015 Jose lana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A tecnologically plausible journey to a next star using a laser sail an the adventures in a planet of the sistem till eventually find inteligent specimens
Randy Mcdonald
Nov 13, 2012 Randy Mcdonald rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Even science fiction fans have been known to call their favourite genre a "literature of ideas," as implicitly opposed to a "literature of style." Characters can be transparent; plots can be simple; the prose itself can be clunky. I'd like to think this is starting to change, but I've learned by now not to confuse likes with actualities. I think.

When I saw Robert L. Forward's 1985 novel Rocheworld at the BMV in the Annex, I had to buy it. At $4.19, it was quite inexpensive, but more to the point
Jun 23, 2014 Kizayaen rated it liked it
I didn't find that Forward was a lofty great of a sci-fi author, but the science was certainly interesting and seemed plausible and well-researched. The characters were flat and 2-D, in some cases to the point of near-caricature. The story itself wasn't bad, and it was good to see a concept of intelligent alien life that wasn't essentially just humans with a tweak.
Nov 10, 2008 Kelvin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 80's nnnnnneeeerrrrrdddddssss
Recommended to Kelvin by: my instructor
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Ramon Carlos
Feb 03, 2015 Ramon Carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Wheresoever she was, THERE was eden"
Jul 02, 2012 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed Forward's novels, but somehow missed this one.

Near-future Science Fiction must be one of the hardest genres to write, because it is so easy to guess wrong, and have your readers laughing at what you thought life would be like in the next few years. So I was astonished by the accuracy of Forward's predictions. For a novel published in 1984, dealing with fields in which scientific knowledge has advanced so far in the intervening four decades, it's astounding how much he's got
Nov 16, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
1985 grade A
Will Sheppard
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Charlie George
Oct 28, 2008 Charlie George rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Two things I remember loving about this book. One, it is a somewhat-realistic hard SF portrayal of sending a large scale mission to a nearby star with the intention of colonization. And two, we encounter an utterly fascinating, alien race of.... aliens. I detest that aliens are almost always more or less human with funny ears or different color skin. The small group of intelligent life forms found on Rocheworld is alien in every way.
Apr 03, 2012 Clarence rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I think Forward's Dragon's Egg and Starquake are the best hard science fiction I've ever read. So I was disappointed by Rocheworld (and Rescued from Eden). He spends far too much of the book on getting to Rocheworld; the flouwen aren't introduced until very late. Unlike the cheela in Dragon's Egg, the flouwen aren't the focus of the store in Rocheworld, and I think they should have been.
Brandon Fessler
May 29, 2009 Brandon Fessler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst books I've had the displeasure of reading... The man is a scientist and knows his stuff (ammonia based life forms, very cool) but he is not a story teller in any sense of the word, his cardboard characters and miserable dialogue put me to sleep.
Nov 19, 2012 Diana rated it it was ok
This book was off to a great start. Lots of good science. Very crappy ending. I thought that after all the time spent building up the alien charictors just to leave it like that is a failure. Most obviously a set up for book two.
Oct 26, 2009 Kevin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At one point, our sassy black captain bellows, "This isn't a science fiction novel." But it is, and not a good one. Even the character's who are based on ammonia are two-dimensional and dull.
Garry Rogers
Jun 19, 2013 Garry Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
Good hard science handled eloquently by a scientist with the ability to shift from academic nonfiction to fiction. Recommended.
Jan 18, 2016 Gregoire rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, aliens
I really love the alien and their fun names and personnalities : Dainty Blue Warble , Soor Saphir Coo
Feb 22, 2012 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
read it in HS. quite memorable for me then. interesting if re-reading now would still merit 5 stars.
Jun 07, 2009 Bartonfink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good hard science sci-fi with aliens that are in fact quite alien.
Jesse Dubay
Aug 01, 2014 Jesse Dubay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I couldn't get into this one, and gave up halfway through.
Miles Bennette-eaton
One word: ugh.
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Robert Lull Forward, commonly known as Robert L. Forward, (August 15, 1932 - September 21, 2002) was an American physicist and science fiction writer. His fiction is noted for its scientific credibility, and uses many ideas developed during his work as an aerospace engineer.

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