Mission of Gravity

Mission of Gravity Viral Kindle This is one of those novels that I must firmly place in the Interesting idea category without having it really grace the realm of great story Indeed

Mission of Gravity Viral Kindle This is one of those novels that I must firmly place in the "Interesting idea" category without having it really grace the realm of "great story".Indeed, I loved the way that Hal Clement literally built a world from scratch, not merely creating 15 inch long aliens, but making a damn interesting planet that had different pulls of gravity depending on how close you were to the poles versus the equator, because the whole planet was flattened, was roughly 5k times the mass of earth, and the surface pull of gravity meant that we measly humans needed very heavy augmentation just to visit or we'd be crushed.Even the author sent out a call in the afterword, which to my opinion was even better than the main tale, to anyone out there to use his creation as they see fit and improve the math or write in the setting, and I appreciate that, because I keep wondering how much better it might have been if we had spent all our time in the heads of the humans rather than the aliens. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the attempt, but I did get rather bored with all the haggling and trading and industrial espionage that revolved around techs that could handle so much gravity or the gradual and immense differences between the equator and the pole during the travels. Like I said, it was very cool in concept.That being said, I kinda wish that all the awesome nuts and bolts of the world had been introduced or interspersed throughout the novel, from the human's point of view, so as to awe me in the context other than the density of the lifeforms or the fear of flying (or falling) and what might result with a splat of 300 gravities. :)It was fun for what it was, and it does rather show that it was written back in '53, but the focus on making sure there was good science (as far as Hal, himself, could manage it,) was both admirable and ambitious, so that's where I'm placing all my stars. :). Cover Artist Ed EmshwillerMission 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 Its 1st cloth publication was in 54 It was 1st published in paper in 58 Along with the novel itself, many editionsCover Artist Ed EmshwillerMission 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 Its 1st cloth publication was in 54 It was 1st published in paper in 58 Along with the novel itself, many editions most recent editions of the book also include Whirligig World, an essay on creating the planet Mesklin that was published in the 6 53 Astounding He published two sequels, a 70 novel called Star Light a 73 short story called Lecture Demonstration Mission of Gravity was nominated for a Retro Hugo Award for 54.For a profit adventure Barlennan would sail thousands of miles across uncharted waters, into regions where gravity played strange tricks He d dare the perils of strange tribes stranger creatures even dicker with those aliens from beyond the skies, though the concept of another world was unknown to the inhabitants of the planet of Mesklin But in spite of the incredible technology of the strangers without regard for their enormous size, Barlennan had the notion of turning the deal to an unsuspected advantage for himself a considerable enterprise for a being very much resembling a 15 caterpillar. Good Book Mission of Gravity - Hello, this is Mesklin Advance calling Earth, do you read me?- Coming in loud and clear, MA! So what's up?- Well, we've got a little problem here now we've reached the transition point to the polar zone. Our boats -- Ah, let me see, is their cross-section an arc of a circle subtending an angle of 3π/2?- That's right, how did you guess?- And you're floating on a sea of an ideal fluid with density ρ?- Correct!- And the velocity of the boat is v, where v is given by...- Oh, wait, I just found it in the instructions. It says the answer is given in Chapter 4, exercise 6. Sorry.- No problem. These things happen. Anything else?- Yeah... what sexual positions work best at two hundred times Earth gravity?- What was that? You're breaking up.- Ah, nothing. Just my little joke about 50s hard-science SF. Well, I'm sure I'll be back soon with another physics problem...- Any time! - Thanks! Over and out.- Over and out.
Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement 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, Its st cloth publication was in . Mission of Gravity Hal Clement In spite of its publication date of , 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. Mission Of Gravity by Harry Clement Stubbs NOOK Book While Mission of Gravity is an interesting read by virtue of its sincere interest in science, it is also a gripping adventure story filled with close encounters and hair raising plot twists The planet Mesklin is largely unexplored, so neither Lackland nor the native Barlennan is Mission of Gravity Project Gutenberg Self Publishing Mission of Gravity is a science fiction novel by Hal Clement The novel was serialized in Astounding Science Fiction magazine in April July Its first hardcover book publication was in , and it was first published as a paperback book in . Mission of Gravity Literature TV Tropes Mission of Gravity , by Hal Clement, is considered to be a classic of science fiction World Building The scientific expedition has a problem. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement LibraryThing Mission of Gravity Two science fiction novels from the s by Hal Clement who has come to be known as one of the early leaders of the hard science fiction sub genre, which has been defined as concern for science accuracy and logic. Hal Clement MISSION OF GRAVITY Doubleday, HC DJ MISSION OF GRAVITY was his best known novel, which featured a land and sea expedition across the superjovian planet Mesklin to recover a stranded scientific probe The natives of Mesklin are centipede like intelligent beings about cm long. What Is Gravity NASA Space Place NASA Science for Kids Sep , Gravity is slightly stronger over places with mass underground than over places with less mass NASA uses two spacecraft to measure these variations in Earth s gravity These spacecraft are part of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment GRACE mission The GRACE mission helps scientists to create maps of gravity variations on Earth. Mission of Gravity Clement, Hal Books Jun , In spite of its publication date of , 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

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  1. This is one of those novels that I must firmly place in the Interesting idea category without having it really grace the realm of great story.Indeed, I loved the way that Hal Clement literally built a world from scratch, not merely creating 15 inch long aliens, but making a damn interesting planet that had different pulls of gravity depending on how close you were to the poles versus the equator, because the whole planet was flattened, was roughly 5k times the mass of earth, and the surface pull [...]


  2. Hello, this is Mesklin Advance calling Earth, do you read me Coming in loud and clear, MA So what s up Well, we ve got a little problem here now we ve reached the transition point to the polar zone Our boats Ah, let me see, is their cross section an arc of a circle subtending an angle of 3 2 That s right, how did you guess And you re floating on a sea of an ideal fluid with density Correct And the velocity of the boat is v, where v is given by Oh, wait, I just found it in the instructions It say [...]


  3. Mission of Gravity is, I believe, the granddaddy of hard science fiction It is often mentioned when discussions of hard sf come up For some reason the label hard sf usually lead me to expect serious moody novels For no good reason I tend to equate serious science with serious stories, imagine my surprise when Mission of Gravity turns out to be something of a romp, a good one too Another point worth mentioning is that while the book was first published in 1953 it still holds up well today because [...]


  4. 2.5 stars Interesting concept of a world where gravity is 700 times that of Earth at the poles and only 3 times Earth at the equator Ultimately, the story was not interesting enough to keep me engaged, but the scientific explanations were interesting Nominee Hugo Retro Award for Best Science Fiction Novel


  5. This book surely must be the record holder for having the most endearing arthropodic character in fiction and possibly for weirdest planet in fiction Of course the two are connected if a planet has a surface gravitational pull never less than three times that of Earth and varying up to 700x that of Earth, intelligent life isn t going to look just like a human with maybe a weird looking forehead or nose.Clement has very carefully worked out what the consequences of his rapidly spinning, exceeding [...]


  6. He disfrutado de la parte hard y he conseguido leer la parte novela.Cl sico ya de CF Hard no me parece muy recomendable a quien no disfrute de este subg nero porque ni por especies ni por personajes ni por tensi n narrativa vale demasiado.Pero ah , los conceptos de un planeta con una velocidad de rotaci n bestia, con un achatamiento de casi 3 1, con mares de metano y mareas exageradas y con gravedades de 3 a 700 g le permite a Clement crear esta peque a joya para los rarunos de la CF.Disfrutadla [...]


  7. La historia transcurre en el planeta Mesklin, sometido a las m s extremas condiciones La elevada rotaci n del planeta hace que la gravedad var e desde los 3 g en el ecuador, a los 700 grs en los polos Tormentas apocal pticas, fr o extremo, oc anos de metano, esto es a lo que se enfrentan sus habitantes En el planeta se encuentra un grupo de cient ficos humanos que se ven en un aprieto deben recuperar una costosa sonda que se ha estrellado en uno de los polos Para ello contar n con la ayuda de lo [...]


  8. Often cited as one of the bedrock works of hard science fiction, this extremely well constructed little novel paints wonders of chemistry, biology, and physics, but crowns its triumph with a touching and developed portrait of an alien species with their own peculiar neuroses and ambitions The gravity of the planet Mesklin is far beyond that of Earth At Mesklin s equator, humans in power assisted suits can temporarily tolerate the 3 Gs found there, but at the planet s poles centrifugal force ratc [...]


  9. Mission of Gravity was a fun, imaginative work that holds up well even though its sixty three years old Obviously, because of the age, one has to be willing to make certain allowances for dated material That happens, however, far less than you might think Hal Clement did a great job of creating a world that is to this day one of the most interesting ones we see in science fiction It s a bit hard to imagine I had to look it up to see if anyone could put the shape clearly to me , but the concept i [...]


  10. If you are about my age, you probably first met this book through the picture of the Mesklinite in Barlowe s Guide to Extraterrestrials They are our high density low temperature hydrogen breathing pals who are fun to be with What struck me re reading it this time is how Mission of Gravity is a paean to science.First of all, it is proper science fiction Not indistinguishable from magic science fiction Not some rubbish latte land love triangle with spaceships and aliens Not flip through this week [...]


  11. This has been on my must read book shelf area for years as I have known it was an essential historical novel of the genre And yes, it is that In serial form, this was first published in 1953 in Campbell Jr s Astounding It is right down the publisher s alley Lots of science set in a fictional world a classic What if type story What if the planet is a highly oblate planet named Mesklin, which has a surface gravity that varies between 700 gs at the poles and 3 gs at the equator.It is a perfect exam [...]


  12. This is another one of those SF books that is written by a scientist, for scientists Like Fred Hoyle s The Black Cloud, it is the scientists and engineers who are the calling the shots and saving the day Unlike The Black Cloud however, there is very little to interest the reader who isn t a scientist, doesn t enjoy following through scientific reasoning and working through technical problems.As the Mesklinites have to traverse their way halfway across their planet, from the equatorial region tha [...]


  13. A voyage of discovery on the oceans of the planet Mesklin, a giant iron cored planet that rotates so rapidly that its shape is a flattened ogive Mesklin s gravity at the equator is 3 Earth gravities, while at the poles it exceeds 50 G s The mission of gravity is for a Mesklinite crew to retrieve a data package from a grounded earth probe near the pole and return it to the equator for pickup The Mesklinites look like yard long centipedes with exoskeletons made of nickle steel They also have a wel [...]


  14. I wanted to like this book It has a really cool premise a planet with unusual gravity because of its high rotation.But the characters were distractingly confusing and bad I enjoyed the scientific reveals, but was impatient for them to come The story ends abruptly in the middle of a ho hum mission.The aliens, themselves, were pretty interesting in their biology and psychology Again, personality was lacking I think what bothered me the most was that they spoke English I don t have a problem with [...]


  15. This is a great example of Hard SF It asks the question what would it be like on a planet shaped like an extreme oblate spheroid with gravity ranging from 700 g s to 3 g s depending on latitude What would life be like on such a world how would they view their world and how would they perceive humans that visited their world The main character, a native Meskinlite, Barelennan, is well developed and the story told primarily from his point of view My main complaint, which almost resulted in 3 stars [...]


  16. Storyline 2 5Characters 2 5Writing Style 3 5World 3 5I enjoyed this than would perhaps be objectively warranted Not only is it a classic work of science fiction but is a classic alien encounter story I can see why, years later, Urusula K Le Guin might have written her Hainish Cycle as a reaction to the tale here There is something comical, today, in witnessing galactic explorers brazen disregard for the natural progression of alien civilizations If we science fiction readers hadn t learned the [...]


  17. Time for some classic sci fi The cover of my rescued hardbound edition from 1954 has big bug on it that would be Barlennan Not shown in the cover edition look up I just started with a few pages last night Now I m going to look up Mr Clement.Moving onward and into this very weird world that Mr Clement created By the way, he was teaching at Milton Academy and writing his stories while I was a very young laddie a few miles away near Worcester He taught science the connection to his way of writing i [...]


  18. What a bizarre book I wish I had the grace to finish it, but got half way and gave up, such was the lack of narrative drive Famously, this has been called the original hard sci fi tome, meaning that there was no magic in it, but I could have told you that by chapter 2, so leaden was the prose style The guy who wrote it was a high school science teacher, and it does read like a particularly obtuse and digressive science class We are on a physically unusual planet, way in the future It has massive [...]


  19. Since reading Mission of Gravity, I ve gone through everything of Hal Clement s that I can find.A year later, I can say that Mission of Gravity is definitely his best.It has a few scientific problems in the harsh light of the 21st century, but overall it s fabulously well thought out hard science fiction.Mission of Gravity features a limited cast of characters, a slow but steady progression of trials and setbacks and a satisfyingly optimistic conclusion.


  20. Aliens and humans collaborate in a grave mission to save a downed scientific instrument in this pinnacle novel of hard science fiction.Mission of Gravity occupies a place of honor among my book collection as my favorite fiction novel of all time This is definitely Hal Clement s best work, and is certainly the best pro science hard scifi novel I ve ever read While I know not everyone likes science fiction, and, of those who do, most cannot stand hard science fiction, for those people who truly ap [...]


  21. All the sins of hard science fiction in one novel A total lack of interest in character A relentlessly linear narrative An author who cares far about the scientific plausibility of his world than telling a story Workaday language I found it a real chore to read What made it even less engaging for me were the alien characters the Mesklinites who despite having evolved on a planet vastly different to Earth with markedly different environmental challenges, have somehow developed think, act and exp [...]



  22. The science in hard science fiction doesn t have to be all that hard to go over my head If publishers and critical readers say an author has done his homework and knows what he s talking about, I find myself taking a lot of things on faith On the other hand, I am just as happy reading Philip K Dick who ignores the niceties of scientific plausibility and has a fully recovered earth with citizens zipping around in flying cars and planning to colonize the galaxy just a few years after an atomic war [...]


  23. This is a really fun book It s essentially an exploration and adventure story, but with a crucial difference the protagonist, Barlennan, is a fifteen inch long caterpillar like creature who lives on a planet called Mesklin The core of the book is in the way that this planet s shape affects its inhabitants, their perceptions of reality, and their science Their world is not round, but rather a flattened elliptical world, a world in which the gravitational force varies from the pole to the equator, [...]


  24. Well, this is a dandy classic of hard SF A rocket has crashed on Mesklin, a very odd planet with widely variable gravity, from about three times Earth normal at the equator to over six hundred at the poles Humans need special enhanced suits even to stand up at the equator and cannot possibly get to their crashed rocket So, they recruit the aid of Barlennan, canny merchant sailor and a centipede like creature less than two feet long to mount an expedition to get crucial information back from the [...]


  25. In this book the author took the premise that there is a planet somewhere that is large and dense so that it has a huge amount of gravity compared to Earth, spins really quickly to partially offset that gravity with centrifugal force and therefore has a very flattened shape, and has a very elliptical orbit in which it is much closer to the sun at one end of the orbit than the other He then imagined in great detail and with as great scientific precision as he could what conditions would be like o [...]


  26. The first book I read by Hal Clement was Half Life, which did not not give me the best first impression However, this has changed my opinion somewhat The main plot of the book goes like so It is set on the alien planet of Mesklin, which has three times Earth gravity at the poles and 700 times Earth gravity at the equator The story revolves around a group of astronauts who have have landed a rocket on Mesklin to collect data and have landed on the planet to recover it They are helped by the Meskl [...]


  27. Muchos clasifican esta novela como la precursora de la ciencia ficci n dura , g nero en el que la f sica y la biolog a juegan un papel primordial en el desarrollo de la novela No ser yo quien niegue la importancia de las leyes f sicas en esta novela una misi n terrestre intenta recuperar un cohete en un planeta tan pesado y con una velocidad de rotaci n tan elevada que la gravedad pasa de unas 700g en los polos a tan solo 3g en el ecuador Los d as se miden en cuartos de hora Como colaboradores e [...]


  28. I can see now why Hal Clement is viewed with such reverence among fans of older science fiction This is one of the best contact stories I ve read, though the first contact is in the viewpoint of the alien race And what an alien race Foot long worm like creatures on a planet with such a spin it s practically a disk I enjoyed it right through to the ending.The book has some of the archaic future science I complained of in The Best of Hal Clement but here they don t detract from the story The use o [...]


  29. This is a classic adventure book in a somewhat contrived sci fi setting which is as much of a character as the real characters the latter are a bit sketchy The plot is linear and easy to follow All of this might sound like criticism but it s actually a good thing in my view the book achieves its ostensible goals of exposing human readers to an extreme environment and to the mental world of creatures for whom that environment is home, throwing in a nice, if a bit too easy, first contact situation [...]


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