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This is a hard scifi book for those who love lots of physics thrown in with their plot and characters This story about crawfish like aliens living near absolute zero temps on an ice moon out past Neptune is highly inventive, entertaining and well done in its world building for the aliens The cable whip transport system for reaching the outer solar system without using a moon s worth of fuel is a nice sideline detail 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 story about crawfish like aliens living near absolute zero temps on an ice moon out past Neptune is highly inventive, entertaining and well done in its world building for the aliens The cable whip transport system for reaching the outer solar system without using a moon s worth of fuel is a nice sideline detail Recommended for those who enjoy heavy loads of science with their alien First Contact stories Despu s de leer algunas e imprescindibles distop as, esta entretenida novela de Robert L Forward es un refrescante paseo por una ciencia ficci n de corte m s cl sico, con su a adido de fe en la ciencia y sus posibilidades Hay esperanza, siempre, en que la humanidad vaya por la senda correcta, ya sea por decisi n propia o por mera casualidad Siempre tenemos opciones.Camelot 30K transcurre en un futuro no muy lejano, en el cual la humanidad ha alcanzado los l mites de nuestro sistema solar Despu s de leer algunas e imprescindibles distop as, esta entretenida novela de Robert L Forward es un refrescante paseo por una ciencia ficci n de corte m s cl sico, con su a adido de fe en la ciencia y sus posibilidades Hay esperanza, siempre, en que la humanidad vaya por la senda correcta, ya sea por decisi n propia o por mera casualidad Siempre tenemos opciones.Camelot 30K transcurre en un futuro no muy lejano, en el cual la humanidad ha alcanzado los l mites de nuestro sistema solar En el transcurso de una misi n, se descubre un cometoide un cuerpo celeste con n cleo rocoso pero cubierto de hielo habitado por una raza de seres que recuerdan a peque os gusanos con diez patas y un solo ojo frontal, dotados adem s de inteligencia, con un nivel de desarrollo tecnol gico y social similar al de nuestra Edad Media, con sus reinas, caballeros, magos y torneos a caballo eh, a lomo de heuller El cometoide, llamado 1999 ZX por los humanos, es conocido como Hielo por sus habitantes, los keracks, quienes han establecido contacto con los seis miembros de una expedici n terrestre Dicho contacto se realiza a trav s de la curiosa maga Merlene, del reino de Camalor, y portavoz de los keracks.Tras leer ciertos nombres kerack, el lector no puede dejar de evocar al mago Merlin, a la m tica Camelot y a otros personajes pertenecientes al ciclo art rico, al cual el autor homenajea desde el mismo t tulo de la novela De hecho, gran parte de la misma no es sino un pl cido recorrido por Camalor, que nos permite apreciar las artes, conocimientos y costumbres de los keracks Las peculiares condiciones de su mundo fr o y oscuro les han permitido desarrollar visi n infrarroja, muy til para detectar metales radiactivos, los cuales son obtenidos de gusanos del hielo, la versi n inmadura del heuller, animal que es usado como montura por los keracks Los humanos, dado su inmenso tama o y el insoportable calor que irradian, recorren la ciudad mediante el uso de una suerte de robots teledirigidos llamados telebots, construidos a imagen y semejanza de los keracks.Si bien este para so fe rico no conoce la pobreza o el hambre, si conoce la guerra hay otros reinos, adem s de Camalor, con los que dicha ciudad mantiene una tensa paz y guarda adem s un secreto, m s impactante y explosivo que el misterio que envuelve a la identidad de la reina o el tab que existe en torno a las costumbres sexuales de los keracks Por no decir nada del misterio que constituye la mera presencia de los keracks en su g lido mundo, cuyo ambiente es uno de los menos aptos para el surgimiento y sost n de cualquier tipo de vida.El final es sorprendente, y muy bien narrado Esta precisi n no es gratuita, puesto que dicho final se sustenta en la aplicaci n de conceptos y nociones cient ficas de cierta complejidad, pero que el autor, f sico adem s de escritor, ha logrado plasmar de manera inteligible y amena, no exenta de humor While the writing style, plot development, and characterization would get Camelot 30K two, maybe three stars, the pure science fiction creativity, and really awesome last 60 pages or so, make this a solid 4 star review Robert L Forward writes for the ideas just like his Dragon s Egg , but he writes with ideas so thoroughly I m willing to, despite myself, give this a high rating. Back in the old days, the Hard SciFi subgenre was dominated by authors that took the effort to get the physics correct The other sciences were represented much less often, and it is often amusing when one goes back to those old books at how ludicrous the sociology was, for example.Robert Forward s Camelot 30K is largely a throwback to those times 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 The other sciences were represented much less often, and it is often amusing when one goes back to those old books at how ludicrous the sociology was, for example.Robert Forward s Camelot 30K is largely a throwback to those times The likelihood that Forward was a professional physicist will occur to even the least thoughtful reader within a few pages, and the conviction will be ironclad within the first two dozen.It is nice that the physics gets such affectionate attention, but unfortunately it does burden the prose somewhat This book is about first contact with an alien species that exists on an icy planetoid, with temperatures close to 30 Kelvin thus the 30K in the title The alien chemistry is analogous to Terran organic chemistry with fluorine substituting for carbon That s fine, but by the end of the book an attentive chemist will know precisely how to build an alien out of spare ingredients lying around the lab, which is a bit TMI for the rest of us.The cleverest aspect of the novel is the ingenious use of radioactive isotopes in the aliens world Too much explanation here would be a spoiler, but the role uranium plays in sex and evolution is quite startling But, again, the physicist overwhelms the story with detail and precision.The sociology of the alien culture is, however, pretty tedious Not strictly implausible, but it has the feel of something that was dashed out in rough form in a paragraph or two as adequate to carry the story forward And for the author, the story isn t about the interactions unfolding between and among the aliens and the humans making first contact, but the chance to demonstrate his very imaginative physics to its quite astonishing climax.Meanwhile, the first contact part of the story doesn t get any share of imagination Communications between human and alien is instantly rendered non problematic via machine translation 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 What be meaning of word sek su al Actually, anything that might be considered plot or character oriented is mediocre and desultory The characters are cardboard cutouts, but human and alien.Nothing new in scifi, but this was written in the mid nineties long after the field had been invigorated with fresh ideas Forward s clever ideas in this book would have been better as an essay, perhaps somewhat akin to Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenexa must see on YouTube , although much less amusing.So not a very good book, unless the reader really loves old school hard scifi.P.S I was just read a long list of descriptors for poor sci fi writing, and it turns out what Forward delivered here is a Steam Grommet Factory Hah This book has a few interesting ideas, but is written so poorly and so self inconsistent that it is painful to get to them Get ready for a race with permanent memory that also takes notes to avoid forgetting things, bed hopping scientists who look up basic facts in an encyclopedia, idiot explorers, and telepresence robots used to manipulate the controls inside of miniature cars It begins with a sentence about how some comets are comets Thanks. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Praise from Vinge and Bear on the cover lured me into this mess Some of his other stuff I ve considered as interesting stinkbombs For this one, I ll have to drop the interesting 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 Get it THEY LOOK ALIKE Now imagine your own cute story about how little creature Praise from Vinge and Bear on the cover lured me into this mess Some of his other stuff I ve considered as interesting stinkbombs For this one, I ll have to drop the interesting 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 Get it THEY LOOK ALIKE Now imagine your own cute story about how little creatures could come to live in a bomb Don t write any of it down Please I m going to have to upgrade some of my other one star authors I needroom on the bottom The words Camelot 30k conjurs up images of cyber knights with laser swords astride chromed robot horses serialized in Heavy Metal magazine which is not at all what this book is about.The opening info dump is clunky and the rest is somewhat slow, but the spectacular ending makes up for it Alien world building isn t my favorite genre but the hard science approach makes the Kerack species compelling. This is a cute book I think I would recommend it for a younger audience I think the bad reviews lend to adults, like me, buying the book and thinking it would be hardcore sci fi and then finding out how cute and non technical the book really is.Bottom line, if you have young kids 12 14 or so this is a nice book to introduce them to the genre of sci fi. {FREE EBOOK} º Camelot 30K ã Four astronauts journey to a cold planet only thirty degrees above absolute zero and inhabited by tiny aliens who have created a complex civilization Plot was quite slow moving for first half of book Character developmentwell, this is hard sf, can t expect too much, and this was somewhat poor compared to average hard sf But the scientific point of the book, slowly unveiled in the last half, is pretty darn impressive As the NY Times noted in its review, this is an intriguing intellectual puzzle.