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.