Trippin’ on Starlight
Dragon’s Egg (Dragon’s Egg, volume 1)
By Robert L. Forward
1980’s Dragon’s Egg is the first novel in Robert L. Forward’s Dragon’s Egg duology.
A supernova transforms a red giant into a neutron star, launching the tiny, dense post-stellar remnant directly at an unsuspecting Solar System. Half a million years later, in April 2020, Jacqueline Carnot, faced with peculiar data from a deep-space Soviet-ESA space probe, realizes that the Solar System is about to have a close encounter with an object that (if it stuck the Earth) would leave very little trace that there was ever an Earth.