Ok… before I tell you what I found, there is a back story. A couple weeks ago, I was thinking back on my High School days and all the really great books I read. I was going over the titles in my head and realizing how important it was to read these books at that specific time in my life. The more I think about it, all those books are important to anyone in their mid-teens.
As I was remembering these titles, I came across a book in my mind that I couldn’t remember the name or the author of the book. I only remembered tidbits of the book. Most of the memories of the book are entirely based off a short essay I wrote on it, so basically a summary of the events that transpire.
So right away, I was curious on who the author was and what was the title of the book. I opened up Firefox and performed a search in google. I had a million results off my keywords of “science fiction + asteroid + intelligent life.” Yes, I know, rather vague. Most of the sites were pretty weird so I’ll avoid mentioning them.
Instead of shifting through all that garbage on google, I went to the next best thing (in my opinion, it’s becoming my first stop for information), Wikipedia. However, while perusing this particular article, I realized how futile it was to find a particular book in an article written about a particular subject matter.
I started digging deeper into the Science Fiction realm but became increasingly frustrated as the minutes transpired and eventually gave up all hope in finding this particular book.
Today, I was ‘in the zone’ thinking about random shit and it hit me, what the hell is that damn book I was looking for? Again, I start to look for this lost book. I fire up google and start my regular search again and realize that it was the exact search I had started with, Firefox confirmed it with an auto-complete suggestion :/ .
Then I remembered that the book had been nominated for or even won an award. Ah ha!, I said. Wikipedia is a glorious archive with such things. Remind me to donate soon. If I had this type of website to use when I was in High School, a trip to the library would have been unnecessary. I digress. Anyways, I started looking through all the titles of the books that were nominated and won. Nothing caught my eye at all.
The thing that kept me trying to remember this book was the fact that it was part of a summer reading list. The title of the book is what piqued my interest in the first place. I remember buying most of the books save this one because it was out of print when I tried to pick it up. We had to choose two books to read and then write a report on each one. I started reading a few of the books and only liked one. So I went to the library to get a copy of the book, and it was out for at least two weeks, but I thought it was worth the wait since the other books were boring the hell out of me.
Now, something you have to think about is that human memory is a funny thing. I’ll remember something two weeks after I was thinking about it and exclaim rather loudly (I’m usually in the car) “THAT’S WHAT THAT FUCKING THING WAS!,” or something to that effect. I kept thinking that the word “dragon” and “egg” was in the title of the book. However, it didn’t make sense to me that a book about an asteroid would have a title involving dragons or eggs. I tried a google search and found all kinds of weird dragon porn. Yeah, I don’t want to share with you what I found because I’m embarrassed for whoever enjoys that kind of stuff.
Finally, when I sat down at my computer tonight, I decided, once and for all, I was going to find it. The funniest thing about all of this was that I was completely over thinking the entire search process. Had I just followed what my brain told me, I would have been ok. Now, if you search only “dragon egg + science fiction,” you find the first result to be correct. However, if you search with “egg + asteroid + science fiction + intelligent life,” you find zilch.
I’m sure you’re already laughing at me by now, but the book’s name is “Dragon’s Egg.” It was written in 1980 by Robert Forward and a synopsis can be found here. I treated myself to a copy fresh from Amazon. Ordered in less than 10 seconds. Happy Early Birthday to me.