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Pyramid F-786 MISSION OF GRAVITY Fair
Mission Of Gravity
By Hal Clement
Cover by John Schoenherr
Never has there been a writer as good as Hal Clement at creating weird alien environments, and then prognosticating the type of life forms which could thrive in those environments.
Mesklin: A world so heavy it makes our Jupiter look like a minor satellite. Spinning so rapidly that it has been transformed from sphere to spheroid to almost a flat disk. 3G at the equator; Seven hundred Earth gravities at the poles.
Curious humans wanted information on the fantastic world. A superspecial rocket was landed at the pole, to take measurements and use its ultra-powerful engines to blast off again. The engines failed. Humanity needed that data. What to do?
Answer: ask the natives. Yes, this monstrous planet has natives. And they're some of the sharpest traders humans will ever meet.
First paperback printing, 1962. A solid, tight copy, with lots of storage dirt and edge wear. Pages are tan.