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The Essential Hal Clement | New Clement Novel: Half Life | Lamps on the Brow | Hal is a SFWA Grand Master!

NESFA Press: The Essential Hal Clement


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New Novel: Half Life

Hal Clement has a new novel out, called Half Life. The story is set in the future where the population of the Earth has been decreasing steadily over the past centuries. A group of brilliant (and dying) scientists decide to travel to Saturn's largest moon, Titan, to explore this formidable little world. A deadly journey, these brave scientists will spend their remaining days studying a world which no one else has dared to explore.

In a reading at Readercon 1998, portions of this tale reveal, in classic Hal Clement style, that there is a greater mystery on Titan, other than the unknown volatile surface itself, and the scientists are having to risk much more than they suspected...

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Inside Scoop:

Look for Half Life as a Tor release in your local or online bookseller now.

In Fall 2000, Hal began a new novel, Noise, set on a planet that has no land mass, just an ocean sixty miles deep. It has an atmosphere, but the humans who have colonized this world cannot breathe the air, and they live on floating cities and in village-ships. It is a restrictive life, demanding serious discipline from everyone, including the children, but the colony is thriving and the people are strong. The "noise" is from the tectonics of the planet's underwater surface, reverberating through the highly compressed liquid layers, together with the steady thunder of storms that never end. Against this setting, Hal tells the story of a brave young child, a stalwart ship's captain, and a visitor from Earth who must listen for something very quiet beneath all that noise...


Lamps on the Brow

One of Hal's short stories, Options, appears in the extremely limited edition anthology, Lamps on the Brow (James Cahill Publishing) which also includes shorts from such authors as Gene Wolfe, Andre Norton, and and introduction from Ben Bova.

Hal Clement receives the SFWA Grand Master Award!

Announced at the 1999 Boskone Convention. Here's the official press release (special thanks to SFWA President, Paul Levinson):

Science Fiction Writers Name Hal Clement a "Grand Master"
February 22, 1999 -- For Immediate Release

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced today that Harry Clement Stubbs, who writes under the name Hal Clement, will be named 1998 Grand Master at the Nebula Awards banquet this May 1st in Pittsburgh.

The highly-covetted Grand Master award represents the pinnacle of peer recognition in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. It is awarded by SFWA in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy writing. Past Grand Masters include Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein.

Hal Clement published his first story, "Proof," in 1946, in Astounding Science Fiction, then the premier magazine of the field. His best-known novel, Mission of Gravity, is one of the seminal works of `hard' -- scientifically rigorous -- science fiction; it deals with a mission to recover a vital component from a space probe that has crashed on Mesklin, a fast-rotating, massive planet where the effective gravity varies from three times that of Earth's at the equator to 700gs at the poles. It typifies Clement's imaginative creation of scientifically plausible but truly weird worlds, a recurring theme of his work. A clean, spare writer with an ability to dramatize complex scientific ideas in a compelling way, Clement invariably leaves the reader with the sense that the universe is a fascinating and wonderful place -- and the laws that govern its behavior are equally fascinating and wonderful. Consequently, his work has influenced and inspired a whole generation of scientists and engineers as well as a whole generation of writers.

Harry Stubbs, born in 1922, taught high school science for many years; in addition to his science fiction, he writes science articles under his proper name, and paints astronomical scenes under the name George Richard. He is a resident of Milton, Massachusetts.

SFWA's President, Dr. Paul Levinson, said "We're extremely pleased to extend this honor to a man who more than any other author of the golden age was responsible for putting the hard science in science fiction, and whose exploration of the implications of chemistry and planetary evolution continue to fascinate readers today."

The Grand Master award will be presented to Mr. Stubbs at this year's Nebula Awards Ceremony (to be held May 1st in Pittsburgh). At the same ceremony, SFWA will present Nebula Awards for the best science fiction or fantasy novel, novella, novelette, and short story of the year; the winners are selected by vote of the active writer members of the organization.

SFWA is an organization of nearly 1400 science fiction and fantasy writers, editors, and allied professionals. Founded in 1965 by Damon Knight, the organization's primary goals are to promote the interests of science fiction and fantasy writers and encourage public interest in the genres.

Previous Grand Masters include Robert A. Heinlein (1974), Jack Williamson (1975), Clifford D. Simak (1976), L. Sprague de Camp (1978), Fritz Leiber (1981), Andre Norton (1983), Arthur C. Clarke (1985), Isaac Asimov (1986), Alfred Bester (1987), Ray Bradbury (1988), Lester del Rey (1990), Frederik Pohl (1992), Damon Knight (1994), A. E. van Vogt (1995), Jack Vance (1996), and Poul Anderson (1997).

For more information, please contact:

Greg Costikyan
SFWA Publicity Committee
212-777-1190 *

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