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Synopsis: 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.
From the Inside Flap:
For a profit -- and adventure -- Barlennan would sail thousands of miles across uncharted waters, into regions where gravity itself played strange tricks. He would dare the perils of strange tribes and stranger creatures -- even dicker with those strange aliens from beyond the skies, though the concept of another world was unknown to the inhabitants of the disk-shaped planet of Mesklin.
But in spite of the incredible technology of the strangers and without regard for their enormous size, Barlennan had the notion of turning the deal to an unsuspected advantage for himself . . . all in all a considerable enterprise for a being very much resembling a fifteen-inch caterpillar!
This book also contains Hal Clement's classic article "Whiligig World."
Title: Mission of Gravity (SF Collector's Edition) ...
Publication Date: 2000
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description U.K / Victor Gollancz. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. It is the first book in the 'Mesklinite' series. / 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. / This is a 1st impression paperback in good condition. (203 pages). Originally published in 1954. Bookseller Inventory # 8240
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR003794081
Book Description Gollancz, 2000. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2782919720
Book Description Gollancz 20/04/2000, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Minor shelfwear to covers and extremities of book, otherwise fine. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 021036-11
Book Description Victor Gollancz, London, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. First Thus. 203 pp. Very light edgewear to wraps. Spine uncreased. Yellowing to upper and fore edges of text block. Gatefold flaps. Internally clean and solidly bound. Collectors' Edition. "The best account of alien life on another planet." -- Thomas M. Disch. Bookseller Inventory # 002502
Book Description Gollancz. Book Condition: Very Good. . Bookseller Inventory # G12C-00339
Book Description Gollancz, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # P020575070943
Book Description Gollancz, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110575070943