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Mission of Gravity

(1954)
(The first book in the Mesklinite series)
A novel by

 
Mesklin is a vast, inhospitable, disc-shaped planet, so cold that its oceans are liquid methane and its snows are frozen ammonia. It is a world spinning dizzyingly, a world where gravity can be a crushing 700 times greater than Earth's, a world too hostile for human explorers. But the planet holds secrets of inestimable value, and an unmanned probe that has crashed close to one of its poles must be recovered. Only the Mesklinites, the small creatures so bizarrely adapted to their harsh environment, can help. And so Barlennan, the resourceful and courageous captain of the Mesklinite ship Bree, sets out on an heroic and appalling journey into the terrible unknown. For him and his people, the prize to be gained is as great as that for mankind... 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.

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"The best account of alien life on another planet." - Thomas M Disch


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Hardback Editions

May 1997 : USA Hardback

Title: Mission of Gravity
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 0-89968-336-3 / 978-0-89968-336-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lightyear Pr
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Paperback Editions

December 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mission Of Gravity: Mesklinite Book 1 (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 1-4732-0638-3 / 978-1-4732-0638-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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October 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mission Of Gravity: Mesklinite Book 1 (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 0-575-07708-5 / 978-0-575-07708-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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April 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mission Of Gravity: Mesklinite Book 1 (Gollancz SF Collector's Edition)
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 0-575-07094-3 / 978-0-575-07094-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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February 1989 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Mission of Gravity
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 0-345-00993-2 / 978-0-345-00993-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey Books
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June 1984 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Mission of Gravity
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 0-345-31622-3 / 978-0-345-31622-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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May 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mission of Gravity
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 0-575-04022-X / 978-0-575-04022-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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April 1979 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Mission of Gravity
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 0-345-27092-4 / 978-0-345-27092-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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June 1976 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mission of Gravity
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 0-450-02994-8 / 978-0-450-02994-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: New English Library
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1974 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Mission of Gravity
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 0-515-03479-7 / 978-0-515-03479-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pyramid
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Kindle Editions

October 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Mission of Gravity
Author(s): Hal Clement, Rose L Martin
Publisher:
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December 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Mission Of Gravity: Mesklinite Book 1 (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Author(s): Hal Clement
Publisher: Gateway
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July 2010 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Mission of Gravity
Author(s): Harry Clement Stubbs
Publisher: RosettaBooks
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