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The Best of Hal Clement [PDF / Epub] ☄ The Best of Hal Clement ✓ Hal Clement – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Contents Impediment Technical Error Uncommon Sense Assumption Unjustified Answer Dust Rag Bulge Mistaken for Granted A Question of Guilt Stuck with It of Hal PDF/EPUB ä Contents ImpedimentTechnical ErrorUncommon SenseAssumption UnjustifiedAnswerDust RagBulgeMistaken for GrantedA Question of GuiltStuck with It.


10 thoughts on “The Best of Hal Clement

  1. Craig Craig says:

    This is one of the few Best of books that I can t find any fault with the selections The book contains ten stories ranging from 1942 to 1976, the first six of which appeared in John Campbell s Astounding Science Fiction Magazine Clement was the acknowledged master of the hard sf story, and the puzzles and problems he presents in these stories are all fun, challenging, and thought provoking He excelled at creating alien environments and situations, and the reader will remember the scientific This is one of the few Best of books that I can t find any fault with the selections The book contains ten stories ranging from 1942 to 1976, the first six of which appeared in John Campbell s Astounding Science Fiction Magazine Clement was the acknowledged master of the hard sf story, and the puzzles and problems he presents in these stories are all fun, challenging, and thought provoking He excelled at creating alien environments and situations, and the reader will remember the scientific processes of the stories long after the names of the characters have faded Some of his later novels feel padded, and seem to have some extraneous sections or situations added to flesh out the ideas he was interested in exploring to book length, but all of the stories here are just the length they need to be It s the best short fiction of the best hard sf writer the field produced


  2. Sam Sam says:

    Hal Clement was pretty much the king of hard science writers, ensuring that science fiction had a scientific basis Usually to the point where the plot itself revolved around it Connie Willis would be the opposite end of that spectrum, where a future setting is the closest she comes to science as all Although I haven t read everything either author has produced, since I m not completely enad by either one SciFi horror is another such sub genre, and there are many others, so that there s r Hal Clement was pretty much the king of hard science writers, ensuring that science fiction had a scientific basis Usually to the point where the plot itself revolved around it Connie Willis would be the opposite end of that spectrum, where a future setting is the closest she comes to science as all Although I haven t read everything either author has produced, since I m not completely enad by either one SciFi horror is another such sub genre, and there are many others, so that there s room enough in the SciFi inn for everyone I think Hal s fans are willing to overlook where his stories fall short in character and plot due to his consistently high standard of science However, I think that his failure to foresee elementary scientific advances is less forgivable These stories are an excellent look into the sub genre and his writing


  3. Erik Wennermark Erik Wennermark says:

    Sort of Martian esque, in short form.


  4. Nate Nate says:

    a lot better than iceworld, this stuff works much better in short story form than it does in novels clement likes to write problem stories and is good at coming up with alien worlds and scenarios, but doesn t really write characters very well with iceworld, the scientific problem wasnt enough to sustain an entire novel, and a lot of the scenes with the humans felt like padding, but that is largely avoided here the characters are still dull golly gee whiz 1950s types, and the stories that work a lot better than iceworld, this stuff works much better in short story form than it does in novels clement likes to write problem stories and is good at coming up with alien worlds and scenarios, but doesn t really write characters very well with iceworld, the scientific problem wasnt enough to sustain an entire novel, and a lot of the scenes with the humans felt like padding, but that is largely avoided here the characters are still dull golly gee whiz 1950s types, and the stories that work the best deal with protagonists pulling themselves out of science based jams, rather than any kind of character drama mistaken for granted is the only real dud here, the best of the lot probably being a question of guilt , which is completely unlike the others, set in rome contemporary with marcus aurelius and galen, dealing withhistory of science fiction rather than speculative future fiction a great take on the vampire story, which would really make for a fantastic film


  5. John John says:

    There are bits in a few of the stories that feel a little dated but overall even the older stores seem very modern Especially good if you like non traditional protagonists in stories.It is also refreshing to read a story where the central conflict is not entirely because of the stupidity of the characters or unmotivated maliciousness of a bad guy.


  6. Jerry Jerry says:

    I came into this expecting that Clement would try to ground his stories in what was possible and was not disappointed This makes his best stories that much better However, many of the older stories highlight the problem with hard science fiction Unexpected advances in technology make these storiesoutdated than the so called magical science that iscommon Most of the time this is trivial it was funny reading about characters in a space station having to deal with thousands of tu I came into this expecting that Clement would try to ground his stories in what was possible and was not disappointed This makes his best stories that much better However, many of the older stories highlight the problem with hard science fiction Unexpected advances in technology make these storiesoutdated than the so called magical science that iscommon Most of the time this is trivial it was funny reading about characters in a space station having to deal with thousands of tubes in their computers Clement himself notes, in the afterword, that he was wrong in assuming analog would beat digital in computer technology But in Mistaken for Granted, the whole story hinges on two problems that a less grounded author would have assumed would be solved that our tendency to measure time in 12 hour increments creates dangerous ambiguities, that lack of positional and directional awareness is also very dangerous and costly, and that the protective suits necessary to move about on the moon will also hide personal information devices such as watches.On the moon in that story, there are no GPS satellites circling the moon, no communications satellites circling the moon, no digital watches, and no heads up displays And the lack of each of those are critical to the course of the story But the problem of communication on a dangerous place like the moon is so critical that you pretty much have to assume it will be solved, even if you don t know how it will be solved And while the problem of locating people and equipment precisely is perhaps less obviously critical, the lack of compasses was not So even though the author didn t know how it would be solved, it would have been safer to guess that it would be and hand wave away the mechanics.The same with the inability to read a wristwatch in a spacesuit Some form of heads up display or simply building a time piece into the suit should have been assumed.Obviously, this would have made the storydifficult to write, and in his defense, according to the very interesting afterword he thought up this story around a Boy Scout campfire.His best stories are the ones where he goes furthest afield Stuck With It, for example, about an intelligent race that lives mostly underwater, and so has developed different building styles and different technologies to deal with their environment A Question of Guilt was so far afield it was barely science fiction fantasy, and is one of the best stories in the collection


  7. Eero Eero says:

    Impediment 1942 a classic problem story A certain lack in the alien s knowledge of physics is extremely implausible given their level of technology compare to a similar implausibility in the much later story Neutron Star by Larry Niven However, the central idea of communication and assumptions made is very clever and carries the story despite the clunky and dated prose which may be part of its charm.Technical Error 1943 the crew of a wrecked spaceship, stranded on an airless asteroid Impediment 1942 a classic problem story A certain lack in the alien s knowledge of physics is extremely implausible given their level of technology compare to a similar implausibility in the much later story Neutron Star by Larry Niven However, the central idea of communication and assumptions made is very clever and carries the story despite the clunky and dated prose which may be part of its charm.Technical Error 1943 the crew of a wrecked spaceship, stranded on an airless asteroid, come across an abandoned ancient alien ship and they have to puzzle out its workings to survive This seems to be a story written for engineers We don t really learn what the aliens looked like or what they were doing in the Solar System, although there are some clues that are left hangingUncommon Sense 1943 The theme so far seems to be downed spacecraft This time, the protagonist is alone on an airless, hot planet with only his spacesuit and must find a way to get his ship back before his treacherous crew take off, leaving him to die.Assumption Unjustified 1946 Sort of comedy of errors about alien tourists secretly messing with Earth people for reasons of their own The cover of one of the editions is based on this story.Answer 1947 Space based supercomputer tackles psychology Lots of attention to details that appear very dated to a contemporary reader but are technically correct Dust Rag 1956 Another physics puzzle set on the Moon the characters exist just as vehicles for the neat idea Bulge 1968 A rather well constructed hostage thriller set on a space station.Mistaken for Granted 1974 Juvenile or young adult although it does not have the YA tropes we all know and story set on the Moon The writing seems to get slicker andentertaining through the decades A Question of Guilt and Stuck With It 1976 Finally I finished this collection, which I put aside for a long while Somehow it almost escaped me that Question was supposed to be a vampire story of sorts there are no vampires at all, although the main character does mess about with blood, with the best intentions but with imperfect understanding Stuck I had read before in some best of the year anthology or another What struck me was that I had big difficulties picturing the world for myself from the author s descriptions The theme is ecological.As a whole, the collection is a good example of hard science fiction


  8. Alex Alex says:

    Review for the short story Uncommon Sense This one is a work of an engineer and feels like a puzzle with only one viable solution.The Good Both twist with extra terrestrial life anatomy are fine view spoiler The eyes of crabs with pinhole effect due to missing atmosphere seems logical Though, hard to tell how biologically feasible and scientific to have a life w o oxygen at all As humans we have wet eyes as a by product of evolution in water before first animals hit the ground Pin ho Review for the short story Uncommon Sense This one is a work of an engineer and feels like a puzzle with only one viable solution.The Good Both twist with extra terrestrial life anatomy are fine view spoiler The eyes of crabs with pinhole effect due to missing atmosphere seems logical Though, hard to tell how biologically feasible and scientific to have a life w o oxygen at all As humans we have wet eyes as a by product of evolution in water before first animals hit the ground Pin hole camera makes muchsense in the atmosphere hide spoiler view spoiler Same goes for boiling metal as blood And how Cunningham formed it in the cold of the cave Some good MacGyver vibes here hide spoiler The Bad The writing is weird by modern standards And unnecessary complicated.The discovery of animal life medium sized, crablike things, covered with jet black integument, that began to dig their way out of the drifts as the sun warmed them completed the job of dragging Cunningham s attention from his immediate problems The characters areor less missing here No human drama And Cunningham himself is even nicer than Captain Kirk The ending feels very unearned More like a sitcom happy ending than an actual take on possible events Also, we made a podcast about this book in Russian, though You can check it out here Apple Google


  9. Brian Mcclain Brian Mcclain says:

    I decided to read this when attempting to get an introduction to the idea of hard science fiction, and I ll be the first to say that it was incredibly dense The author managed to completely design a world, discuss the physical facts about the world, and how the protagonist uses it to his advantage in what both qualifies as a short amount of writing but also a considerable depth of knowledge regarding the situation The concepts weren t difficult but he never retreated from using full fledged s I decided to read this when attempting to get an introduction to the idea of hard science fiction, and I ll be the first to say that it was incredibly dense The author managed to completely design a world, discuss the physical facts about the world, and how the protagonist uses it to his advantage in what both qualifies as a short amount of writing but also a considerable depth of knowledge regarding the situation The concepts weren t difficult but he never retreated from using full fledged scientific details to approach the subjects The story itself was pretty awesome as well, the characters were mostly one dimensional but the point wasn t about their hopes and dreams butabout the singular individual s ability to utilize a unknown world in order to gain the upper hand on mutineers


  10. Eric Herboso Eric Herboso says:

    This collection of hard science fiction short stories is well worth reading for any hard scifi fan Hal Clement is a master of the genre, and does an excellent job of creating scientifically interesting settings for each of these stories.While there is some lack in character development, this is not unusual in short stories, as there generally isn t enough time to permit substantial change Muchdisappointing is Clement s continual use of sexism but this was standard practice in his time This collection of hard science fiction short stories is well worth reading for any hard scifi fan Hal Clement is a master of the genre, and does an excellent job of creating scientifically interesting settings for each of these stories.While there is some lack in character development, this is not unusual in short stories, as there generally isn t enough time to permit substantial change Muchdisappointing is Clement s continual use of sexism but this was standard practice in his time, and no scifi novels of this period really did any better on that front.Despite these flaws, these stories are still well worth reading Definitely recommended


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