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Star Light (Mesklin #2)

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  147 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Dhrawn was a giant rockball, more than 3,000 times the mass of Earth. Perhaps a planet, perhaps a nearly dead star, these 17 billion square miles of mystery cried out for investigation. But its corrosive atmosphere and crushing gravity assured that no human would ever set foot on its surface.
Those hardy, caterpillarlike Mesklinites, on the other hand, were ideally suited t
Paperback, 280 pages
Published February 1978 by Ballantine (first published 1971)
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Charles Dee Mitchell
Mar 09, 2014 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it it was ok
Shelves: mid-century-sf
The Mesklinites are back. These sentient, caterpillarlike creatures made their first appearance in Hal Clement’s 1954 novel Mission of Gravity. On their home planet, the Mesklinites survive crushing gravity by their low-to-ground bodies and great caution around heights of even a few inches. They thrive on an ammonia rich atmosphere, and oxygen is a stinky poison. Earth has contacted the Mesklinites and we were using them to retrieve an earth probe lost on their disc-shaped planet. Genuine alien/ ...more
Nov 07, 2012 DaveA rated it liked it
I may change my rating (upward) later. I liked this book, but I didn't find out until I was two-thirds the way through that is a sequel (actually third in a series). That didn't seem to seriously impact my understanding and enjoyment of the book. However, the action was a little slow paced, and there wasn't really a resolution at the end. In fact, the book seemed to stop in the middle of the story. This was obviously laying the ground for another book in the series, but there wasn't even any cli ...more
Nov 06, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
1978 grade C+
1994 grade B-
Norman Howe
Sequel to Mission of Gravity
Not as interesting as the first two books, this third book still had lots of hard science in it. I feel like this series ended too soon, because we didn't find out what fate befell the Mesklin conspiracy to gain practical independence from the humans, nor did we find out the reason or extent of their incredible life expectancy.
Will Boncher
Oct 16, 2011 Will Boncher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I like his books, because they're definitely hard sci-fi, and he spends a lot of time on the science part of it. Specifically it's usually the chemistry he goes into, which is fun. I enjoy them, and two stars for this is maybe a bit harsh, but I had a lot of trouble following along, and it was just kinda boring.
Dec 21, 2013 Juan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
es una forma entretenida de abordar el tema del contacto entre una especie mas desarrollada y otra menos. Los personajes son interesantes y el desarrollo científico de la trama no es truculento.
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Harry Clement Stubbs better known by the pen name Hal Clement , was an American science fiction writer and a leader of the hard science fiction subgenre.

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