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Still River

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Hal Clement.Still River. New York: Ballantine, [1987]. Octavo. 280 pages.
Mass Market Paperback, 262 pages
Published January 13th 1989 by Del Rey (first published 1987)
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Jun 09, 2013 Lisa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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K.A.M. Boham
Aug 19, 2012 K.A.M. Boham rated it liked it
This is not a bad story. I had some trouble with it because I couldn't picture the characters or the planet. The planet was described in shades of grey and the characters weren't vivid enough to stand out against this background. There were times when I had trouble understanding which character was speaking. There were also times the science in it was a little over my head-my chemistry classes are long behind me so I'm sure there were plot points I didn't fully understand. I also had no idea who ...more
Stewart Tame
Dec 13, 2014 Stewart Tame rated it liked it
Decent SF novel. Five students investigate the planet Enigma, which, among other peculiarities, has an atmosphere that shouldn't be possible under its low gravity. And then they find life in caves below the surface ... While this isn't Clement's best work--my vote would be for Mission of Gravity and/or Needle--this novel fairly bristles with his trademark detailed planetary data. You know Enigma's stats were worked out in detail before he even started writing. The book is also noteworthy in that ...more
Jul 13, 2016 Mark rated it liked it
I chose this book as I fancied something a little low key. this certainly is. It is essentially a school outing for aliens. As part of their project the students have to investigate an inhospitable planet.
Most of the hazards are people falling over stuff or getting lost. Well written but a bit sciencey. Expect paragraphs on chemical components and gravity.
A massive part of the book is the interaction between the different alien students. Language is not the only barrier as they have different
Nov 27, 2014 Gendou rated it it was ok
This book kept feeling like it was about to get interesting. It never did. It just ended without resolving the main mystery. Sure, there was some astrobiology and chemistry thrown in there. Intrepid group of school kids from different alien races working together on a strange planet. But the adventure was dry and the hard science fiction content was thinner than the atmosphere on Enigma.
May 09, 2015 Tony rated it it was ok
Started ok but the became quite boring. It did pick up in the last 80 pages or so, but this is something of an acquired taste book. Someone with a lot of chemistry and physics interest will probably find this engaging but it did not really light me up.
Mar 25, 2013 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imaginative story, characters, and environment. Weak ending, could have been more climactic. There are enough unanswered questions about the story foundation that it could have had a successful (and desirable to me) prequel or sequel.
Leland Gilsen
Interesting concepts about multi-race student training but does not really have an ending... left too many sub-plots hanging unresolved.
Will Boncher
Jan 10, 2012 Will Boncher rated it really liked it
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Sometimes he manages to make hard sci-fi (very heavy on the science) really interesting, like this one, but some of his books are just dull. Very hit or miss, but this one was good.
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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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