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The Nitrogen Fix

(1980)
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A Nomadic family in the future is allied with an octopus-like alien who can survive in earth's new atmosphere, which has combined with nitrogen. Humans must live in shelters with oxygen-generating plants, or use suitable breathing equipment. Some of earth's original life forms have mutated to survive in the changed atmosphere. Since almost no metals can exist in the corrosive atmosphere, any technology is based on ceramics or glass.

Some humans are suspicious of the aliens, blaming them for the change in the atmosphere since they are adapted to it. The family has an almost fatal encounter with a group of such people, who are holding another alien hostage. However the two aliens are able to pool memories biochemically so that they become the same personality in two bodies. Their combined knowledge and skills help the family to escape. The journey reveals just who the aliens are, where they came from, and why the earth's atmosphere changed.

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June 1982 : USA Paperback
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Title: Nitrogen Fix
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 0-441-58118-8 / 978-0-441-58118-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ace
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August 1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Nitrogen Fix
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 0-441-58117-X / 978-0-441-58117-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ace
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September 1980 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Nitrogen Fix (Ace Science Fiction)
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 0-441-58116-1 / 978-0-441-58116-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ace
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Nitrogen Fix
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 1-5226-8433-6 / 978-1-5226-8433-6
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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January 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Nitrogen Fix
Author(s): Hal Clement
Publisher: Audible Studios
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January 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Nitrogen Fix
Author(s): Hal Clement
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

December 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Nitrogen Fix
Author(s): Hal Clement
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November 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Nitrogen Fix
Author(s): Hal Clement
Publisher: Gateway
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