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Cycle of Fire

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  347 ratings  ·  25 reviews
After his ship crashed on the inhospitable planet Abyorman, Nils Kruger had spent weeks wandering across the face of the planet.suffering from blistering heat, the searing cold of an alien climate. Now he had found a fellow wanderer, Dar, an alien castaway. They may both die. The human opts to do something about it. Dar, who knows the time of his death in advance, opts to ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 12th 1981 by Del Rey (first published 1957)
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Roddy Williams
Hal Clement's genius was in his talent to write rounded likeable characters and set them into a background of realistically thought out planets and environments.
This is no exception and can be seen as a kind of bridge between Stanley G Weinbaum's 'A Martian Odyssey' and Barry B Longyear's 'Enemy Mine'.
Young Nils Kruger finds himself stranded on alien world. He had earlier become separated from his colleagues on a survey expedition and they now believe him dead.
This world is highly volcanic and
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
je suis vraiment fan de Hal CLEMENT Ce petit livre recouvre en moins de 200 pages les thèmes majeurs de la SF scientifiques Des aliens vraiment alien ; une écologie crédible ; des tentatives de communications entre deux 'naufragés" : un jeune humain curieux et débrouillard et un alien différent mais attachant ; l'auteur passant de l'un à l'autre avec bonheur
Le seul hic, c'est le style un peu "suranné" de la SF des années 1960

Lire en anglais les commentaires de Roddy Williams ou de Charles Harri
Javier Cantero
Una novela típica de la Edad de Oro de la ciencia ficción, con el héroe humano (en este caso una chaval de 16 años que se queda varado en un extraño planeta con dos soles) y el compañero extraterrestre. Juntos tendrán que recorrer una buena parte del planeta para alcanzar el lugar de destino de éste último, mientras aprenden a comprenderse el uno al otro. La ciencia, como es habitual en Clement, juega un papel fundamental en la trama, no sólo como parte de la caracterización de los protagonistas ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leído en 2003.
Un humano que se queda varado en un planeta y conoce a un indígena, no humano, y se las tiene que ingeniar para sobrevivir.

Muy entretenido de leer, la historia no es hoy original …pero en el 57, cuando fue escrita, tenía su punto. Interrelación entre dos especies, no superioridad de la humana, problemas de comunicación e interpretación de la forma de ser y de pensar del otro. Problemas recurrentes en la CF que se extrapolan siempre al distinto, al extraño, a las sociedades y grupos
First I am amazed that Cycle of Fire was written in 1957, prior to satellites and any real space flight. It is truly science fiction. In this case though, there is far more science than fiction. A space opera it is not.

The story is really slow. It is rare that I felt any true empathy with any of the main characters. I did fee curiosity as to which way the story would turn. All turns were very slow. The science, or rather the exposition of ideas, was more important than the plot.

There are many th
Стефан Русинов
Много ми е вълнуващо да чета за друг свят, развил се при различни условия, с живот, стекъл се по невъобразим за мен начин. Познатата реалност ми става крехка, чуплива, чудна и смайващо случайна. А и в крайна сметка всеки човек е друг свят, развил се при различни условия, с живот, стекъл се по невъобразим за мен начин. В момента насочвам солидни дози от възхищението си тъкмо към хората, способни да създадат и съживят такъв свят. Разбира се, в по-широк смисъл всеки умел писател е способен на това. ...more
Даниел Иванов
Приятна книжка, но не е напълно мой тип. Имаше доста моменти, които ми допаднаха, но последните 50 стр. ги дочетох на инат.
Charles Harrison
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A true alien novel. This book could double as a guide to first contact, alien ecology, survival and alien archeology. The races are detailed and interesting with very alien motivations. Throw in Clement's usual flair for clever chemistry, biology and physics and you get something truly brilliant. This is hard sci fi at its best which left me thinking about it for days afterwards. Perhaps not the fastest paced adventure but a perfect example of a hard science fiction thought experiment.
Dec 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Another fascinating story by the father of hard SF. Human, Nils Kruger, stranded on a planet with a cometary orbit around the lesser of a binary star in the Pleiades cluster, survive by cooperating with native Dar. A friendship develops and through their adventures and with the help of starship scientists discover the truth of the strange biology on this planet of fire and ice. Classic Clement!
Rock Howard
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Clement is a Golden Age master of hard science fiction. In this novel he creates a fantastic world that hosts a brilliant biological example of life finding a way. At its heart this is a human/alien buddy/survival story of the highest order. It is also a reminder that great SF does not necessarily require wars or crimes or love affairs to hold the intelligent readers attention. Curiosity and exploration is quite enough.
Benjamin Hare
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
First book I've read by Hal Celement. The science is top notch and the plot intriguing. Clement's prose are quite lean, especially considering he's writing for a pulp audience. "Cycle of Fire" has an interesting plot, but was rarely exciting. The principal character is a good guy, but I struggle to call him "heroic." And that is the shame of this book; it's good, but not as good as it could have been.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A solid survival-adventure story, featuring a team up between a human and an alien, both of whom are confused about the other's identity, as well as a world-building twist at the end. Quick good read.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting! A heady mix of SF and fantasy :)
Tim Robinson
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi
Neither the characters, nor the events, nor the science, nor the plot is sufficiently interesting to carry this book. Disappointing.
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sci fi fans, Lovecraftians, survival lit fans
Recommended to Michael by: Wayne Douglas Barlowe
At a certain point in the novel, I was ready to write this off as a combination of At the Mountains of Madness with Robinson Crusoe, but, while it contains elements of both those stories, it ultimately manages to be far more original than either in its character development and vision of an alien world. Essentially, the story is that of the growing friendship between a castaway human explorer and a humanoid native to a world with a binary sun, whose technology is lower than that of Earth, but wh ...more
Jose Moa
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Hal Clement was one of the fathers of the hard sf,his most famous novel is Mission of Gravity in the Mesklin series.This novel dont belong to that series.

This novel,written in 1957,has the same charm as Mission of Gravity and is a very valuable classic hard sf novel for several reasons.

In the plot is developped the no so common friendship between a stranded human in an alien earthlike planet and an alien inteligent being.The planet has two suns,it orbits a small red sun that at the same time orb
Eric Herboso
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A human gets stranded on an alien planet just as an alien gets stranded in his own way. The only way out of the situation is for the two to befriend each other. Despite vast differences culturally and biologically, the two of them bond together as they overcome each obstacle in their path.

Hal Clement is a master of hard science fiction, and this is perhaps one of his best works. There are drawbacks to any Clement novel, of course; idealism abounds in any human character Clement writes (his ideal
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book, especially toward the end, is filled with technical explanations, and I have never seen it handled in such an entertaining manner. Hal Clement *excels* when he’s given room to write. *Cycle of Fire* is even more enjoyable than *Mission of Gravity*.

The basic story: a pilot on the planet Abyorman crashes due to volcanic activity, and must walk a thousand miles to deliver the very important books before he dies. Meanwhile, a cadet from Earth was left for dead after falling into a mud pit
Eric Simmons
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
A human and an alien both find themselves stranded on a volcanic planet, and join forces in order to survive. Both are convinced that the other is a native of the planet, or at least from this area of the planet. I thought this was an interesting twist in the early part of the story.

I first came across this novel in Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials, so I was surprised at first that neither of the two main characters was the alien illustrated in Barlowe's guide. It takes quite some time befor
Frederick Gault
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This 1957 Sci Fi classic still holds up. The physics and astronomy are correct (save faster than light travel). A stranded star traveler meets an intelligent being who is also in distress. They team up and the biology of two symbiotic intelligent species is revealed. As the planet transitions from hot to cold due to it's two-star system, one species must die for the other to be born. This is the kind of Science Fiction I grew up on. Very satisfying as a story and thought provoking.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
1977 grade B+
1995 grade B+
Will Boncher
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites
Top-notch scifi. Definitely a focus on the science side of it, but that's just how I like it. Kept me excited the whole time. Pretty quick read, now I have to look into more of his books.
Apr 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Hal Clement is tops for hard SF, no question. Very clever. Clement has the rare knack of writing believable aliens who are really, really, alien.
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Erik Graff
Oct 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hal Clement fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Another undistinguished science fiction novel picked up at one of the thrift stores along Morse Avenue in East Rogers Park, Chicago. I recalled Hal Clement from his Mission of Gravity probably.
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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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