Camelot 30K has ratings and 29 reviews. David said: It’s been a while since I read a hard SF book. I had almost forgotten how much I enjoy them. Th. Camelot 30K By Robert L. Forward – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period. Camelot 30K [Robert L. Forward] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When humankind discovers intelligent life in the Oort Cloud, the first.

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Cwmelot been a while since I read a “hard SF” book. Whenever a kerack dies its pellet is taken to be stockpiled by the colony’s queen. Hay muchas otras obras de Cifi Hard que no me han “costado” tanto como esta.

There’s usually at least one clever idea buried somewhere inside which makes the reading worthwhile. The likelihood that Forward was a professional physicist will occur to even the least thoughtful reader within a few pages, and the conviction will Back in the old days, the “Hard SciFi” subgenre was dominated by authors that took the effort to get the physics correct. Oct 15, Jose Moa rated it liked it Shelves: Forward has never been very good with characters.

The way I read them, Forward wrote some of his books purely to explain his more esoteric ideas. This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat The alien chemistry is analogous to Terran organic chemistry with fluorine substituting for carbon. Mar 21, Devon rated it did not like it Shelves: And that’s how it went. Take a unique idea for a setting and explore what kind of a civilization could be built there. The scientists discover the tragic conclusion of the kerack life cycle almost too late to save Merlene; when a kerack colony accumulated a large enough stockpile the queen would instinctively arrange it in such a way as to trigger a nuclear explosion, blasting kerack spores off of the Kuiper belt object to colonize other objects in the belt.


It is nice that the physics gets such affectionate attention, but unfortunately it does burden the prose somewhat. If you haven’t read Dragon’s Egg, try that on for size first for an example of Forward writing at his best.

Camelot 30K

The humans also teach Merlene more about science and technology which would hopefully advance the kerack race. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Cxmelot.

Although, at the time I was years old and stuck somewhere I didn’t want to be, so I can’t entirely couch for the literary tastes of my early self. But the scientific point of the book, slowly unveiled in the last half, is pretty darn impressive. May 27, Nevada 30m rated it liked it. Nothing new in scifi, but this was written in the mid-nineties long after the field had been invigorated with fresh ideas.

Robert Lull Forward, commonly known as Robert L. Alien world building isn’t my favorite genre but the hard science approach makes the Kerack species compelling.

Trivia About Camelot 30K. To ask other readers questions about Camelot 30Kplease sign up. Apr 15, Ben rated it really liked it. The characters are cardboard cutouts, but human and alien.

For this one, I’ll have to drop the ‘interesting’. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Not strictly implausible, but it has the caamelot of something that was dashed out in rough form in a paragraph or two as adequate to carry the story forward. To view it, click here. It was published in by Tor Books.

Camelot 30K by Robert L Forward

Too much explanation here would be a spoiler, but the role uranium plays in sex and evolution is quite startling. This book has a lot of “cool” ideas, and it is worth reading just for that. Retrieved from ” https: Original, technical, and best of all, plausible. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Mar 09, Clemens Lode rated it it was amazing. Merlene develops a fondness for conversing with the humans and eventually the humans and the keracks get to learn much about each other’s worlds and cultures.


Sep 26, Howard added it. Don’t read this book near sharp objects or heavy machinery. His books aren’t that kind of literature, but they’re great stories. Jan 02, Craig rated it it was ok. If you see this book around pick it up and skip to the appendices and look at the illustration of the ‘Center o’Camalor’ complete with the Tower o’Queen, the Park o’Pleasure etc next to the cross-section of the thermonuclear bomb.

The only difficulties arise on those very rare occasions when words have no semantic equivalent, yet somehow the automatic translation provides to the aliens — who don’t even vocalize — a phonetic version of the untranslatable English word: May 01, Gerli rated it liked it.

Forward, August 15, – September 21, was an American physicist and science fiction writer.

Camelot 30k

Recommended for those who enjoy heavy loads of science with their alien First This is a hard scifi book for those who love lots of physics thrown in with their plot and characters.

This cold, dark planetoid ends up being a strange world indeed. May 30, Nevaeh rated it it was amazing. In all of these books the science is thoughtfully explored to a fault at times and is clearly Forward’s priority, to the extreme detriment of characters and story.

Lists with This Book. Meanwhile, the first-contact part of the story doesn’t get any share of imagination. Take Timemaster as an example, especially if you note the challenge to other theorists in his afterword.

So, instead, they have built “telebots” through which they can communicate with Merlene camekot the other keracks.