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The Guns of August
Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie
Dragon's Egg - Robert L. Forward Five stars, Dragon’s Egg by Robert Forward Dragon's Egg) so much fun? A plucky researcher follows her hunch and discovers the neutron star passing near the Solar System. Mankind launches a mission (with the plucky researcher’s son as the mission commander) to study the star and discovers an intelligent race. The Cheela are unique, interesting and likeable. They are also comfortable under 67 billion “gees”. The sheer audacity of imagining life in this environment deserves recognition. No great moments in SciFi literature here but just a fun, fast read.