Hal Clement
1922-2003

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Hal Clement (pseudonym for Harry C. Stubbs, 1922-2003) is often called “the dean of hard SF.”  He earned a B.S. in astronomy from Harvard, a M.S. in chemistry from Simmons College and taught high school science for forty years.  

He ran 35 combat missions with the 8th Air Force Division in World War II and retired as full colonel in 1976.  

His story “Proof” appeared in Astounding Science Fiction in 1942, to be followed by many stories and novels, including MISSION OF GRAVITY, ICEWORLD, CLOSE TO CRITICAL, STAR LIGHT and STILL RIVER.   

The author was a frequent and well-loved attendee and lecturer at science fiction conventions.  He received SFWA’s Grand Master Award in 1998.

Titles

Needle Series

          NEEDLE

          THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE

 

Mesklinite Series

          MISSION OF GRAVITY

          CLOSE TO CRITICAL

          STAR LIGHT

 

Novels

          ICEWORLD

          THE RANGER BOYS IN SPACE

          CYCLE OF FIRE

          OCEAN ON TOP

          THE NITROGEN FIX

          STILL RIVER

          FOSSILS: ISAAC'S UNIVERSE

          HALF LIFE

          NOISE

 

Novellas

          "Hot Planet"

          "The Green World"

 

Collections

          THE BEST OF HAL CLEMENT

          THE ESSENTIAL HAL CLEMENT, VOL. 1: TRIO FOR SLIDE RULE AND TYPEWRITER

          THE ESSENTIAL HAL CLEMENT, VOL. 2: MUSIC OF MANY SPHERES

          THE ESSENTIAL HAL CLEMENT, VOL. 3: VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY SIR ISAAC NEWTON

          HEAVY PLANET

Awards

  • Retro Hugo Award for “Uncommon Sense” for 1946

  • Grand Master Award, SFWA, 1998

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