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Starlight

(1971)
(The third book in the Mesklinite series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Hugo Best Novel (nominee)
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. In *Star Light* Barlennan and his sailors go with humans to the even stranger world of Dhrawn, a "crusted star" of the type mentioned by Harlow Shapley. Dhrawn circles the feeble red star Lalande 21185, which actually exists (although the planet is fictionalized). Most of the book is the story of a huge landship crossing Dhrawn's solid surface crewed by these nonhuman sailors, amidst bizarre dangers, and trying to keep Barlennan's strange plan secret from humans. The characters, despite being mostly from Barlennan's world, Mesklin, are well drawn and the setting is well realized. Readers bewildered by the melting and freezing of Dhrawn's ammonia-water hydrosphere will do well to consult a phase diagram.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Used availability for Hal Clement's Starlight

Paperback Editions

January 1978 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Star Light
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 0-345-27358-3 / 978-0-345-27358-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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September 1971 : USA Paperback
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Title: Star Light (Ballantine Books science fiction)
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 0-345-02361-7 / 978-0-345-02361-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Star Light
Author(s): Hal Clement
ISBN: 1-5226-8432-8 / 978-1-5226-8432-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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February 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Star Light
Author(s): Hal Clement
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Star Light
Author(s): Hal Clement
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Star Light: Mesklinite Book 3
Author(s): Hal Clement
Publisher: Gateway
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU