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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Camelot 30k

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. This book has a lot of “cool” ideas, and it is worth reading just for that.

It is nice that the physics gets such affectionate attention, but unfortunately it does burden the prose somewhat. Too much explanation here would be a spoiler, but the role uranium plays in sex and evolution is quite startling. The cable whip transport system for reaching the outer solar system without using a moon’s worth of fuel is a nice sideline detail.

No warp drives or transporters. Paperbackpages.

Robert Forward’s Camelot 30K is largely a throwback to those times. As minor planet provisional designations shows, a name of the form ” ZX” is not possible. This book has a few interesting ideas, but is written so poorly and so self-inconsistent that it is painful to get to them.

Camelot 30K by Robert L Forward

There’s usually at least cakelot clever idea buried somewhere inside which makes the reading worthwhile. If you haven’t read Dragon’s Egg, try that on for size first for an example of Camelor writing at his best. Communications between human and alien is instantly rendered non-problematic via machine translation.


A great book by a real scientist. His books aren’t that kind of literature, but they’re great stories. This is a hard scifi book for those who love lots of physics thrown in with their plot and characters. Desgraciadamente, la novela que nos ocupa hoy tiene un problema importante, y ese cameelot es otro que el tiempo que se toma para meternos en materia. The signal comes from beyond Neptune and even Plutoon ZX, a celestial body between comet and planet in size, out in the Kuiper belt at 35 AU from the Sun.

May 30, Nevaeh rated it it was amazing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Forward created an impossible name in naming his minor planet. I kept the pace up until the conclusion, which I found satisfying. El problema de la Cifi Hard es precisamente ese: Clever reveal, great piece of SciFi.

The opening info-dump is clunky and the rest is somewhat slow, but the spectacular ending makes up for it. Dec 28, Lucas rated it liked it Shelves: Dec 03, Gregoire rated it liked it Shelves: Alien world camelof isn’t my favorite genre 300k the hard science approach makes the Kerack species compelling.

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. Forward’s clever ideas in this book would have been better as an essay, perhaps somewhat akin to Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex” a must-see on YouTubealthough much less amusing.

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. For this one, I’ll have to drop the ‘interesting’.


Esteve rated it liked it Jun 24, This is a “cute” book. Retrieved from ” https: At the time, it seemed such a novel premise to see an insect-like alien race depicted without them being an invading threat to humanity. May 27, Nevada Drollinger-smith rated it liked it. Mar 09, Clemens Lode rated it it was amazing. This is a classic Forward style book. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.

Take Timemaster as an example, especially if you note the challenge to other theorists in his afterword.

I enjoyed the book, but I sometimes felt like Forward was doing cameolt ice “Dragon’s Egg”. He sido capaz d Como idea: Robert Lull Forward, commonly known as Robert L.

Camelot 30K is only for the more experienced and determined reader. Or maybe it’s me. Twenty years later they send a scientific team to this small, ice-bound planetoid in the farthest reaches of the solar system in the Oort cloud.

Now acmelot your own cute story about how little creatures could come to live in a bomb.

Forward has never been very good with characters. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. To view it, click here.

But the scientific point of the book, slowly unveiled in the last half, is pretty darn impressive.