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Heavy Planet : The Classic Mesklin Stories - Hal Clement

Heavy Planet

The Classic Mesklin Stories

Paperback Published: 1st November 2002
ISBN: 9780765303684
Number Of Pages: 416

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Discover MESKLIN - Gravity: 3g at the equator, 700g at the poles
Hal Clement is a Grand Master of SF, and the one most associated with the subgenre of hard SF. From his classic stories in Astounding in the 1940s through his novels of the 1950s and on to the recent "Half Life," he has made a lasting impression on SF readers, and on writers, too. For many of them, Clement's work is the model of how to write hard SF, and this book contains the reasons why. Here are all the tales of bizarre, unforgettable Mesklin: the classic novel "Mission of Gravity" and its sequel, "Star Light," as well as the short stories "Under"and "Lecture Demonstration." Also included is "Whirligig World," the famous essay Clement published in Astounding in 1953. It describes the rigorous process he used to create his intriguingly plausible high-gravity planet, with its odd flattened shape, its day less than eighteen minutes long, and its many-limbed, noble natives. Come to Mesklin and learn why "The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction" called "Mission of Gravity" "one of the best loved novels in SF."

Industry Reviews

"For well over half a century, Hal Clement has been a towering, even decisive figure in our special literature. He deserves to be properly appreciated. . . . There's nobody like him. He's been a tremendous force in science fiction, receiving honors for it but not nearly enough."--Poul Anderson

"Hal Clement--who was anointed the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's 1998 Grand Master--has been writing for the last half century. In that time he has defined the "hard SF" subgenre and established it as his own."--"Analog"

Mission of Gravityp. 9
Underp. 165
Introduction to Lecture Demonstrationp. 208
Lecture Demonstrationp. 211
Star Lightp. 223
Whirligig Worldp. 401
Addendum to Whirligig Worldp. 413
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ISBN: 9780765303684
ISBN-10: 076530368X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st November 2002
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 14.63 x 21.34  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1