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Cerca del punto crítico by Hal Clement

Cerca del punto crítico

by Hal Clement

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Title:Cerca del punto crítico
Authors:Hal Clement
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A long long time. In high school? Like all of Clement's work well down, tech, a good read. ( )
  Traveller1 | Mar 30, 2013 |
The science is very interesting and largely convincing. The setting has some parallels to the planet Mesklin (from Mission of Gravity), but in many ways this planet Tenebrae, and it's alien inhabitants, are profoundly different. (I am not sure why it would be considered the second book of a Mesklinite series, but maybe the third book brings the two together?)

The story is reasonably entertaining, offering a few nice twists and a reasonably satisfying conclusion which leaves the people who thought they were running the show suspecting they are perhaps not as important as they had believed. I had a hard time believing that Fagin's family had managed to evade contact with the other natives for so many years.

Having said all that, the basic premise of this book is almost comically politically incorrect. A scientific mission's explorer robot encounters intelligent, if primitive, alien natives. The robot steals a bunch of their eggs and proceeds to raise a family of alien slaves to facilitate his scientific research. Now, I will grant you that he is a benevolent master who gives his servants helpful knowledge, but still. ( )
  clong | Aug 12, 2012 |
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Sol is op een afstand van zestien lichtjaren nog zwakker dan de ster aan het puntje van Orions zwaard.
Sol, seen at a distance of sixteen light-years, is a little fainter than the star at the tip of Orion's sword, and it could not have been contributing much to the sparkle in the diamond lenses of the strange machine.
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Shrouded in eternal gloom by its own thick atmosphere, Tenebra was a hostile planet...a place of crushing gravity, 370º temperatures, a constantly shifting crust and giant drifting raindrops.

Unpromising - yet there was life, intelligent life, on Tenebra. For more than 20 years, Earth scientists had studied the natives from an orbiting laboratory...and had even found a way to train and educate a few of them.

Then the unexpected happened! A young Earth girl and the son of a powerful, hot-tempered alien diplomat were marooned in a bathyscape, drifting toward the planet's deadly surface.

Only the primitive Tenebrans could rescue them!!

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