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Beloved Author Robert L Forward Dies
Aged 70, Forward Loses Struggle with Brain Cancer
By Chris Wyatt
September 24, 2002
Robert L Forward was a senior researcher in physics at the Hughes Research Laboratory in Malibu, Calif. Forward became an extremely popular hard SF writer starting with the publication of his first novel DRAGON'S EGG
in 1980. The book elaborated on actual research ideas concerning the possibility of life evolving on the surface of a neutron star. The book won the Locus Award and was followed by a sequel, STARQUAKE
. Forward referred to DRAGON'S EGG
as "a textbook on neutron star physics disguised as a novel."
Forward wrote 11 hard SF novels, always striving for (and coming close to achieving) complete scientific accuracy. Before loosing his personal struggle with brain cancer, Forward prepared his own obituary. It begins with a characteristically witty remark: "The intelligent pattern of protoplasm that had been Robert L Forward ceased coherent operation on September 21, 2002."