The return of Barlennan
Dhrawn was a giant rockball, more than 3,000 times the mass of Earth. Perhaps a planet, perhaps a nearly dead star, the 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, caterpillar-like Mesklinites, on the other hand, were ideally suited to explore Dhrawn, and their leader certainly knew a good deal when he saw one. So Barlennan, a shrewd sea captain if ever there was one, struck a sharp bargain with the Earthmen for his services in leading the expedition. But the humans might not have been so pleased with their side of the bargain, if they had known that Barlennan had plans of his own for Dhrawn.
The stunning sequel to the classic Sci-Fi novel Mission of Gravity.
THE FACT THAT HE WAS SOME TEN OR TWELVE THOUSAND MILE FROM HELP...
Your there and I'm not, is a phrase us truck drivers know to well. I could certainly emphasize with the crew of the Kwembly. This is the story of the Mesklinities who were in Mission of Gravity, probably Clement's most famous book. The Mesklinities come from a planet whose spin is so fast that a day is 18 minutes long and their planet is shaped like a fried egg. You do not have to have read that book to enjoy this one, even though this is a sequel. What you do need is a love of science and I mean hard science. This will appeal to engineer types or those who love to hear all the details in how things are made and how they run. There is much chemistry in this book, where the Mesklinities go to Dhrawn, which is a giant rockball, more then 3,000 times the mass of Earth. There is converstation of rather Dhrawn is a planet or a failed sun. THE TEMPERATURE OUTSIDE WAS STILL JUST BELOW THE MELTING POINT OF PURE AMMONIA.
The Mesklinities are being paid by the humans to explore this world, since IT'S CORROSIVE ATMOSPHERE AND CRUSHING GRAVITY ASSURED THAT NO HUMAN WOULD EVER SET FOOT ON IT'S SURFACE. The Mesklinities run into big trouble and of course, they must get out of it themselves, cause YOUR THERE AND I'M NOT.
I gave this three stars, cause it is pretty much over my head. It is very well written, I just got lost in all the science talk. There are plenty out there who like their science hard and if that is you, you will love this.
I found Mission of Gravity and Iceworld a little easier to understand then this, if you don't want your science as hard, start with Iceworld.
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