Mission of Gravity

{4.5/5} “Intellectually he knew that the thing would not fall — he kept telling himself that it could not; but having grown to maturity in an environment where a fall of six inches was usually fatally destructive even to the incredibly tough Mesklinite organism, his emotions were not easy to control… After all, it was still hundreds of feet up…”

Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement, published in 1954

Humans sent a rocket to examine the amazing world of Mesklin but it crashed. They went to the planet after the rocket to get the valuable information inside, but they can’t get it themselves. The gravity on Mesklin varies but it goes up to 700 times that of Earth — humans can’t endure that. So they must make a deal with some aliens native to Mesklin. Who happen to be 15 inches look and look like caterpillars — but they’re seafaring traders and they’re up for an adventure.

The two main characters are Barlennan, the Mesklinite leader, and Lackland, the human he communicates with the most and who helps him find his way to the rocket.

It’s a unique story that deserves your attention. The problems are solved with logic, science, and a bit of trickery.

It’s a bit science-y but you don’t have to understand why the world works the way it does to enjoy it.

This is the first book by Clement that I’ve read.

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