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Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
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Jan 09, 11

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Read from January 01 to 07, 2011

The main idea is great. Clement posits a non-spherical rapidly spinning planet where gravity is 3g around the equator and a whopping 650g at the poles, and where a day lasts 17 of our minutes. He believably extrapolates interesting and well-though-out lifeforms that could live on such a planet. Unfortunately, this interesting world is presented though bland writing, a sluggish pace, and exposition-heavy dialogue, making the book fall into the old science fiction trap of cool-ideas-in-a-tedious-package.
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