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Hal Clement (1922–2003)

Author of Mission of Gravity

92+ Works 5,790 Members 84 Reviews 18 Favorited

About the Author

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Hal Clement was the pseudonym used by American science fiction writer Harry Clement Stubbs.

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Series

Works by Hal Clement

Mission of Gravity (1953) 1,428 copies
Needle (1950) 464 copies
Close to critical (1958) — Author — 367 copies
Cycle of Fire (1957) — Author — 363 copies
Star light (1971) 347 copies
Iceworld (1953) 345 copies
Through the Eye of a Needle (1978) 279 copies
The Nitrogen Fix (1980) 264 copies
Still River (1987) 233 copies
Half Life (1999) 218 copies
The Best of Hal Clement (1979) — Author — 194 copies
Ocean on Top (1976) — Author — 172 copies
Natives of space (1942) 140 copies
Fossil (1993) 128 copies
Space Lash (1969) 108 copies
Noise (2003) 79 copies
Intuit (1987) 21 copies
Schwere Welten (1953) 21 copies
Hot Planet [short fiction] (1963) 16 copies
Strange Tomorrows (1972) 13 copies
Uncommon Sense (1945) 11 copies
Exchange Rate 10 copies
Proof (1942) 10 copies
Left of Africa (1976) 9 copies
Halo (1952) 8 copies
First Flights to the Moon (1970) 7 copies
Sunspot [short story] (1960) 7 copies
Impediment [novelette] (1942) 7 copies
The green world (2022) 6 copies
Dust Rag 6 copies
The Mechanic [novelette] (1966) 6 copies
Raindrop [novelette] (1965) 6 copies
Lecture Demonstration (1973) 5 copies
Schwerkraft (2014) 5 copies
Bulge (1968) 5 copies
Longline (1976) 4 copies
Attitude [novella] (1943) 4 copies
Blot 4 copies
Answer 4 copies
Cold Front [novelette] (1946) 3 copies
Unter der Doppelsonne (1957) 3 copies
Under [novella] (2000) 3 copies
Sortie 2 copies
Question de poids (1971) 2 copies
Planet For Plunder (2012) 2 copies
Avenue Of Escape (1942) 2 copies
Seasoning 2 copies
The Logical Life (1974) 2 copies
Planetfall (1957) 2 copies
Status Symbol (1987) 2 copies
Critical Factor 2 copies
Cerca del punto crítico (1974) 2 copies
Arena 1 copy
Nati dall'abisso (2022) 1 copy
Star Light 2 1 copy

Associated Works

Foundation's Friends: Stories in Honor of Isaac Asimov (1989) — Contributor — 539 copies
The Science Fiction Century (1997) — Contributor — 530 copies
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF (1994) — Contributor — 392 copies
The Hard SF Renaissance (2003) — Contributor — 342 copies
Where Do We Go from Here? (1971) — Contributor, some editions — 312 copies
Medea: Harlan's World (1985) — Contributor — 286 copies
The Road to Science Fiction #3: From Heinlein to Here (1979) — Contributor — 242 copies
Astounding: John W. Campbell Memorial Anthology (1973) — Contributor — 236 copies
Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy (1991) — Contributor — 225 copies
9th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1964) — Contributor — 160 copies
Spectrum 4 (1965) — Contributor — 111 copies
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 (1953) — Contributor — 102 copies
First Contacts: The Essential Murray Leinster (1998) — Foreword — 96 copies
Phases in Chaos (1991) — Contributor — 87 copies
The Second IF Reader of Science Fiction (1957) — Contributor — 84 copies
Unnatural Diplomacy (1992) — Contributor — 84 copies
Stellar #1: Science-Fiction Stories (1974) — Contributor — 79 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 78 copies
Men Against the Stars (1950) — Contributor, some editions — 78 copies
Decade: The 1940s (1975) — Contributor — 77 copies
Citizens (2011) — Contributor — 73 copies
Wondrous Beginnings (2003) — Contributor — 69 copies
Orion's Sword (1980) — Contributor — 67 copies
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume V (1989) — Contributor — 62 copies
Stellar #2: Science-Fiction Stories (1976) — Contributor — 56 copies
Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons (2000) — Contributor — 54 copies
SF: Authors' Choice 2 (1970) — Contributor — 41 copies
Absolute Magnitude (1997) — Contributor — 35 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
First Voyages (1981) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Old Masters (1970) — Contributor — 26 copies
Analog Anthology #8: Writers' Choice Volume II (1984) — Contributor — 25 copies
Analog Anthology #10: Analog's Expanding Universe (1986) — Contributor — 25 copies
Exploring the Horizons (2000) — Contributor — 20 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1951 12 (1951) — Contributor — 12 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1953 04 (1953) — Contributor — 10 copies
Galaxy Science Fiction 1963 August, Vol. 21, No. 6 (1963) — Contributor — 10 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1958 05 (1958) — Contributor — 9 copies
Welten der Zukunft 7 (1985) — Contributor — 9 copies
Galileo Magazine of Science & Fiction September 1979 (1979) — Contributor — 8 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1951 10 (1951) — Contributor — 8 copies
Galileo Magazine of Science & Fiction July 1979 (1979) — Contributor — 7 copies
Galileo Magazine of Science & Fiction November 1979 (1979) — Contributor — 6 copies
ULLSTEIN 2000 SF STORIES 74 (1981) — Contributor — 6 copies
Satellite Science Fiction February 1957 (1957) — Contributor — 5 copies

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Perhaps it was partially personal circumstances, but this book didn't draw me in quite as much as I had hoped. Dar and Kruger are friends, and I had hoped for that to be more strongly present, more emotionally present. It was clearly there, but it seemed to take second place to the discovery of the workings of the planet and the native people. The dilemma surrounding Dar is readily resolved and does not involve Kruger's friendship, which seemed a bit too easy for me.
 
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zjakkelien | 8 other reviews | Jan 2, 2024 |
It's a shame when the aliens are more understandable than the humans.

Written in the 50's, I guess it's proof the past is more alien than we realize.

I might be overselling it, but it is dated. The only non male characters are bit parts, who are "just as smart" as the rest, but never actually participate in the plot, really... The rest of the family is very typical Heinlein-ish capable man, jack of all trades, master of the household stuff. I suspect I would have really enjoyed this as a teen several decades ago.

I wish I knew more chemistry, I suspect that's the best part of the novel.

The opening chapter has a sting in the tail I won't ruin, but I'm not sure it gets a whole lot better than that.

Interesting concept, and science, but just not enough there to make we want to pick it up again now that I finished it once.
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furicle | 8 other reviews | Aug 5, 2023 |
An odd little novel, with a wonderful backdrop and a foreground best viewed a little out of focus.

It's Hal Clement, the science is awesome, and the big picture completely captivating. Unfortunately most of the characters just didn't make me care.

The best character is a precocious little girl, but she's pretty much window dressing.

The rest of them are so much just one thing.

It's kinda like Asimov's psycho history, it works wonderfully with societies, and fails looking at a single small group of people.
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Members
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Favorited
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