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    Hal Clement dies

    I always find it really sad when one of the old masters dies. From Locus:

    Hal Clement Dies

    Harry Clement Stubbs, who wrote science fiction as Hal Clement, died in his sleep [on] October 29, 2003, at his home in Milton, Massachusetts.

    Born in 1922, Clement was a high school school teacher whose fiction gained a reputation as quintessential hard SF -- science fiction firmly based on established physics, chemistry, and astronomy. His novels often depicted highly imagined alien worlds; the most famous was Mission of Gravity, set on a heavy, fast-spinning planet where the force of gravity is several times greater at the poles than at the equator. His last novel, Noise, was published earlier this year.

    Clement was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1999. Among other honors was a Retro-Hugo Award in 1996 for his 1945 story "Uncommon Sense".

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    I wasn't aware of this, emohawk, so Thank You for bringing it to our attention.

    Another one gone....always sad. He was a real polymath, wasn't he?

    I like Mission of Gravity. Old style Sf but with a solid grounding in science.

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    Sad news indeed. I really enjoyed his novel "Needle" where an alien cop shaped like an ameba crash lands on earth while chasing a vicious criminal from his home world. These aliens are parasites that can invade another creatures body and take control. The cop in order to survive enters the body of a teenager and gets his cooperation to help find the criminal. Its all great stuff and I heard there was a sequal but have never found it.

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    Ah yes, now I remember. I found Needle at a used book shop for a quarter or some such price and bought it because I had never read any Clement. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

    Sigh...it is sad to see the "greats" passing on. Thankfully, there are plenty of authors to take their places.

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    For future reference, Raggedy -

    As far as I can see, the sequel was called Through the Eye of a Needle. Quite hard to find now, but I guess if you look around (second hand stores or the Internet) then the details are that the paperback was published by Ballantine Books in 1978. The ISBN number was 0345284100.

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    I've read a lot of Hal Clement's stuff and was sad to hear he passed.

    I was at the World SF Convention in Winnipeg, Manitioba, which was in the early 1990s 1992, I think -- anyway, I was walking down the hall, and who do I see coming the other way -- two old guys - -they were wearing name tags, and one name tag read "Frederick Pohl," and the other was "Hal Clement."

    I practically swooned. The person I was with at the time knew nothing at all about SF -- but I said to her: "I can't believe I just saw Hal Clement and Fred Pohl, walking along chatting with each other -- my God! I walked right past them!"

    Clement had a very warm, friendly face -- you could see laughter in his eyes, I thought.

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