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ISBN: 0515034797
Author: Hal Clement
Language: English
Publisher: Pyramid; 3rd THUS edition (1974)
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.1
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Mission of Gravity is a science fiction novel by American writer Hal Clement. The novel was serialized in Astounding Science Fiction magazine in April–July 1953.

Mission of Gravity is a science fiction novel by American writer Hal Clement. Its first hardcover book publication was in 1954, and it was first published as a paperback book in 1958.

Clement Ha. al Clement MISSION OF GRAVITY I: WINTER STORM The wind came across the bay like something living

Clement Ha. al Clement MISSION OF GRAVITY I: WINTER STORM The wind came across the bay like something living. It tore the surface so thoroughly to shreds that it was hard to tell where liquid ended and atmosphere began; it tried to raise waves that would have swamped the Bree like a chip, and blew them into impalpable spray before they had risen a foot. The spray alone reached Barlennan, crouched high on the Bree’s poop raft.

Mission of Gravity book. Cover Artist: Ed Emshwiller Mission of Gravity is an sf novel by Hal Clement. The title is a play on words, one meaning "the force which pulls" & the other being "extremely serious or important". It was serialized in Astounding Science Fiction, 4–7/53.

Mission of Gravity is a very interesting book. Accompanying this timeless novel is an Afterward comprised of an article Hal Clement wrote for 'Astounding Science Fiction' magazine in June of 1953, outlining the work he put into this pleasurable tale. I know that sounds strange, but doing so will help you understand the whirligig world better.

There had been no sign of the holes and crevasses which Lackland somewhat feared before starting.

There had been no sign of the holes and crevasses which Lackland somewhat feared before starting one would hardly have been noticed. Now, however, as they topped such an acclivity and the landscape ahead came into view a difference in the next hill caught every eye at once. It was longer than most they had crossed, more a ridge across their path than a mound; but the great difference was in the top.

Hal Clement’s Mission of Gravity is universally regarded as one of the most important and best loved novels in the genre. The remarkable and sympathetic depiction of an alien species and the plausible and scientifically based realization of the strange world they inhabit make it a major landmark in the history of hard SF.

Hal Clement, the dean of hard science fiction, has written a new planetary adventure in the tradition of his classic Mission of Gravity. It is the kind of story that made his reputation as a meticulous designer of otherworldly settings that are utterly convincing because they are constructed from the ground up using established principles of orbital mechanics, geology, chemistry, biology, and other sciences. Clement’s Mission of Gravity was the engaging tale of the adventures of Barlennan, a sea captain among his caterpillar-like people, on the high-gravity world of Mesklin

Hal Clement is a Grand Master of SF, and the one most associated with the subgenre of hard S.

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.

"Every so often a science-fiction novel is published which is immediately recognized as a classic--a book which makes an instant and lasting appeal to readers, which is read and re-read with increasing enjoyment. A magic combination of character, story and imaginative science is, mainly, what makes such a unique book--and this combination is what has made MISSION OF GRAVITY one of the best-remembered science-fiction novels ever written."

Comments:

Gindian
Mission of Gravity is a very interesting book. If your version has the "Author's Afterward" in it, I suggest reading that FIRST. I know that sounds strange, but doing so will help you understand the whirligig world better. HOWEVER, if you want to just slog through and try to figure it out then read the afterward, afterward.

SPOILER WARNING

The basic story is about an exploration to an exotic planet which rotates around two suns, and has a very fast spin rate. The planet has immense gravity, but that gravity is offset by the centrifugal forces of the very rapid spinning of the planet. This results in the effective gravity being lighter at the equator than it is at the poles. At least, that was my take on the planet.

Human land a probe at the poles, but gravity is so immense, they can not retrieve it or the information it has gathered. So, the humans in orbit and on a base on one of the moons, interact with the indigenous life on the planet.

The aliens are well done, and interesting.

Negatives:
The use of common terms like day and year are not defined as either the alien world's day, or an Earth day until late in the book. That made for reading to be confusing.
The ending of the book was sort of abrupt.
Old-style understanding of photography which does not fit in with a future science that can do intersteller travel and exploration.
A surprising number of typos in the paperback version I have Del Rey 1954

Overall, and interesting and fun read, but it did feel dated. My grade, a C+
Bukelv
I thought I read most of the top hard science fiction novels during the "golden age of science fiction," but I somehow missed Hal Clement's book, Mission of Gravity. So I ordered a used copy through Amazon.

The joy in this book is the physics and the way that humans, and the indigenous aliens that inhabit this high-G world deal with it while attempting to recover a critical science probe that is stuck at the pole of the world at maximum gravity.

If you do not enjoy physics, then don't bother with this one. But if you enjoy that sort of thing, then this story is unforgettable.

I have two minor criticisms. The first is that the minds and thoughts of the aliens are very alike to humans. So much so, that communication is almost completely seamless, and the aliens are able to pick up English without the slightest struggle.

The other critique is that I can't think of a single female character of significance to the plot; this goes both for the humans and apparently as well for the aliens. However, I take this with a grain of salt since Mr. Clement wrote this in the early 1950s, so a product of the times to a degree, perhaps.
Ceroelyu
This Kindle copy is full of miss-recognized words.
I don't know what happened but it reads like it was OCR scanned and the never proof-read.
You can figure out what Hal wrote (usually) but it takes a lot away from the read.
I would have given to book 5 stars but for the poor copy.
Fhois
In spite of its publication date of 1954, 'Mission Of Gravity' contains one of the most unique races of aliens ever brought to the written world to date. The planet of Mesklin is explored in 'Mission Of Gravity'. Clement's studies and training have paid off in this "hard" SciFi novel of physical possibilities.

A valuable rocketship has crashed in the polar regions of Mesklin, an area of such high gravity that a human could never travel there. At the "Rim", or the equator of the planet, however, the gravity is only three times Earth's gravity. It's here that human Charles Lackland meets Barlennan, Captain of the merchant ship Bree, and establishes communication with the strange being. The Bree is an odd ship, composed of many rafts lashed together, and as tough as her captain.

Here at the Rim, Barlennan and his crew are in dangerous territory, so light that a small wind could lift them away. The Mesklinites are genetically designed to live in the outrageously heavy gravity of the poles, looking like a cross between a scorpion and a caterpillar, accustomed to severe gravity, and only fifteen inches in length and two inches in diameter.

Lackland and Barlennan come to an agreement. In exchange for weather reports and maps, the wily merchant Captain agrees to salvage the un-manned ship at the southern pole. Through a hydrogen atmosphere, across seas of liquid methane, and through ammonia snows, the captain boldly sets out on Lackland's mission - but he has an agenda of his own, something he wants from Lackland in return for his favor.

Barlennan and Dondragmer (first mate of the Bree) are two of the most interesting alien life forms I've ever read about. The interaction between what could be considered on an insect on Earth and the humans at the moon station is astoundingly well written. Barlennan is a fascinating personality, bold and clever and completely likable.

'Mission Of Gravity' is "hard" enough for the science expert yet thrilling enough for the "soft" or "vague" SciFi aficionado, 'Mission Of Gravity' is a well-told story that will enchant every fan of every sub-genre of SciFi. Accompanying this timeless novel is an Afterward comprised of an article Hal Clement wrote for 'Astounding Science Fiction' magazine in June of 1953, outlining the work he put into this pleasurable tale. Enjoy!
Centrizius
I have read this book many years ago when I was becoming a science fiction fan. I love it once more, but have to complain about the formatting. This book could really use an update, its hard to see how someone could be paid to make such a sloppy job of the transcription from print to kindle format. T-09u for this or ? for I an many others just are sloppy and an insult to the kindle format. This is a classic bit of science fiction which should be treated with the proper respect.

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