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Natives of Space

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Ballantine Books, 1970. Second printing, paperback. First published in 1965, this is a collection of three tales by a master of "hard" science fiction: Assumption Unjustified (1946); Technical Error (1944); Impediment (1942).
Paperback, 156 pages
Published April 1965 by Ballantine
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Joe Santoro
May 07, 2015 Joe Santoro rated it really liked it
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As you can see by the cover, this was a 60s printing.. the 3 novella within where among Clement's first works.

Assumption Unjustified(1946): To vacationing aliens stop on Earth for a 'refresher'... the need to mix in some alien blood to their own system to live longer... the trick is they can be seen by Earth. Luckily, they have a handy, dandy guide book to tell them about Earth, but when a plane flies overhead, it's clear at least some of the info within is incorrect.
It was pretty unique reading
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Rafeeq O.
Aug 25, 2014 Rafeeq O. rated it really liked it
Natives of Space is a 1965 repackaging of three 1940s Hal Clement novelettes from, it appears by the Street and Smith copyrights, Astound Science-Fiction.

Assumption Unjustified of 1946 follows a pair of aquatic aliens who stop off on Earth to withdraw some blood--painlessly and carefully--from an unconscious Terran for use in a rejuvenation treatment. Mildly amusing attitudinal irony abounds, but the aliens' mistaken conclusion at the end is a whopper, and therefrom springs the title.

The 1943 Te
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Dalen
Aug 19, 2015 Dalen rated it liked it
The third story in this set of 3 novelas finally delivers on the promise of the back cover -- exploring what it would be like for a human to encounter something truly alien, then positing how "communication" could occur. The first two stories aren't bad, but neither of them discusses the encounter. In all, the three stories explore different facets of the question of what alien life would really be like and how easily (or not) we would (or maybe on day will) be able to understand and co-exist ...more
Dmadden
Dec 24, 2009 Dmadden rated it liked it
Hal was known for trying to keep the science in his stories honest. Produces an interesting effect after 70 years. His ideas about biology now just seem weird. Fun though.
Hack Soul
Dec 15, 2014 Hack Soul rated it it was ok
Not bad but the endings of all stories are a letdown.
the best is the third, the other two dont live to the expecations.
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Three novellas where he tries to include too much of his science knowledge and not enough story.
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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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