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Encyclopedia > Robert L. Forward

Robert Lull Forward, commonly known as Robert L. Forward, (August 15, 1932 - September 21, 2002) was an American physicist and science fiction writer. August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...

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Life and career

He earned his doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1965, for the development of a bar antenna for the detection of gravitational radiation. He then went to work at the research labs of Hughes Aircraft, where he continued his research on gravity measurement and received 18 patents. He took early retirement in 1987, to focus on his fiction writing and consulting for such clients as NASA and the U.S. Air Force. In 1994, he co-founded the company Tethers Unlimited, Inc., where he served as Chief Scientist and Chairman until 2002. The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Hughes logo adopted after his death Hughes developed the AIM-120 AMRAAM, one of the worlds most advanced air-to-air missiles Hughes Aircraft Company was a major defense/aerospace company founded by Howard Hughes. ... A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a state to a patentee (the inventor or assignee) for a fixed period of time in exchange for the regulated, public disclosure of certain details of a device, method, process or composition of matter (substance) (known as an invention) which... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an agency of the United States Government, responsible for that nations public space program. ... Aircraft of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and coalition counterparts stationed together at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in southwest Asia, fly over the desert. ...


Much of his research focused on the leading edges of speculative physics but was always grounded in what he believed humans could accomplish. He worked on such projects as space tethers and space fountains, solar sails (including Starwisp), antimatter propulsion, and other spacecraft propulsion technologies, and did further research on more esoteric possibilities such as time travel and negative matter. In addition to more than 200 papers and articles, he published 11 novels. He described his first novel, Dragon's Egg, as "A textbook on neutron star physics disguised as a novel." His novel Rocheworld describes a double-planet system with a single shared atmosphere and ocean. Artists conception of satellite with a tether Tether propulsion uses long, strong strings (known as Tethers) to change the orbits of spacecraft. ... The space fountain concept is a proposed form of space elevator that does not require the structure to be in geosynchronous orbit, and does not rely on tensile strength for support. ... Concept image of a solar sail spacecraft in the process of unfurling sails. ... Starwisp is a hypothetical unmanned interstellar probe design proposed by Robert L. Forward. ... An antimatter rocket is a proposed type of rocket that uses antimatter as its power source. ... A remote camera captures a close-up view of a Space Shuttle Main Engine during a test firing at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi Spacecraft propulsion is used to change the velocity of spacecraft and artificial satellites, or in short, to provide delta-v. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... Exotic matter is a hypothetical concept of particle physics. ... Dragons Egg is a science fiction novel written by Robert Forward in 1980. ... Rocheworld Rocheworld (1990) AKA The Flight of the Dragonfly (1984) is a science fiction novel by Robert Forward. ...


His treatment of hard-science topics in fictional form is highly reminiscent of the work of Hal Clement. Harry Clement Stubbs (May 30, 1922 - October 29, 2003), better known by the pen name Hal Clement, was an American science fiction writer, a leader of the subgenre hard science fiction. ...


Dr. Forward and his wife, Martha Dodson Forward, co-authored two of the Rocheworld novels.


Dr. Forward's son, also named Robert, has led a successful career as a storyboard artist and writer in television animation, including in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and more famously, Beast Wars. He is also the author of two novels, The Owl and The Owl 2: Scarlet Serenade. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is an American animated television series produced by Filmation based on Mattels successful toy line Masters of the Universe. ... Beast Wars TV series logo. ...


Dr. Forward's oldest daughter, Mary Lois Mattlin, is a teacher and homemaker.


Julie Fuller, Dr. Forward's second daughter, co-authored two of the Rocheworld novels with her father.


Dr. Forward's youngest, Eve Forward, has written two novels: Villains By Necessity and Animist.


Forward Mass Detector

Dr Forward's extensive work in the field of gravitational radiation detection included the invention of the rotating cruciform gravity gradiometer or 'Forward Mass Detector', for Lunar Mascon (mass concentration) measurements. Misner, Wheeler & Thorne ( Gravitation ISBN 0-7167-0344-0 ) point out that it can detect the curvature of spacetime produced by a fist. The principle behind it is quite simple - getting the implementation right is tricky. Essentially, two beams are crossed over and connected with an axle through their crossing point. They are held at right angles to each other by springs. They have heavy masses at the ends of the beams, and the whole assembly spun around the common axle at high speed. The angle between the beams is measured continuously, and if it varies with a period half that of the rotation period, it means that the detector is experiencing a measurable gravitational field gradient. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A mass concentration or mascon is a region of a planet or moons crust that contains a large amount of material that is denser than average for that body. ...


Space Tethers

Dr Forward became very interested in the use of tethers in space such as for Skyhooks. So much so that in 1994 together with Dr. Robert P. Hoyt he founded a company called Tethers Unlimited Inc[1]. Artists conception of satellite with a tether Tether propulsion uses long, strong strings (known as tethers) to change the orbits of spacecraft. ...


Bibliography

Fiction

Dragon's Egg Series

Dragons Egg is a science fiction novel written by Robert Forward in 1980. ... Starquake is a science fiction novel written by Robert Forward in 1989, ISBN 0-595-16748-9. ...

Rocheworld Series

  • Rocheworld (Baen, 1990) (155,000 words with the best features of all prior versions)
    • Rocheworld (Original Manuscript, 1981) (150,000 words)
    • Rocheworld (Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, 1982) (60,000 words)
    • The Flight of the Dragonfly (Hardcover, Timescape, 1984) (approx 100,000 words)
    • The Flight of the Dragonfly (Paperback, Baen, 1985) (110,000 words)
  • Return to Rocheworld (February 1993) (with Julie Forward Fuller)
  • Marooned on Eden (August 1993) (with Margaret Dodson Forward)
  • Ocean Under the Ice (1994) (with Margaret Dodson Forward)
  • Rescued from Paradise (1995) (with Julie Forward Fuller)

Rocheworld Rocheworld (1990) AKA The Flight of the Dragonfly (1984) is a science fiction novel by Robert Forward. ... Return to Rocheworld is a 1993 science fiction novel by Robert L. Forward and Julie Forward Fuller. ...

Novels

Camelot 30K is a hard science fiction novel written by the United States physicist Robert L. Forward. ... Cover of Robert L. Forwards novel Saturn Rukh. ...

Non-fiction

  • Mirror Matter: Pioneering Antimatter Physics (1988, with Joel Davis)
  • Future Magic (1988)
  • Indistinguishable from Magic (1995)

External links

SciFan is an online database for fans of science fiction and fantasy books. ...

References

  1. ^ Tethers Unlimited Inc
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NAME Forward, Robert Lull
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Forward, Robert L.
SHORT DESCRIPTION physicist and science fiction writer.
DATE OF BIRTH 15 August 1932
PLACE OF BIRTH
DATE OF DEATH 21 September 2002
PLACE OF DEATH

 
 

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