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Cycle of Fire Mass Market Paperback – April 12, 1981

3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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About the Author

Hal Clement (1922-2003) is a Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master, and the author of the novels "Half Life, Heavy Planet" and the classic "Mission of Gravity".

Patrick has narrated numerous audiobooks including The Power of Six Sigma, which was a finalist for a 2001 Audie Award. In addition to narrating audiobooks, Patrick is an accomplished stage actor, director and stage combat choreographer. He has worked extensively Off-Broadway and regionally for companies in Utah, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York and all over California, as well as Finland and Germany. Classically trained, his roles cover a wide range, from Vindice in The Revenger's Tragedy and Marc Antony in Julius Caesar to Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and The Big Bad Wolf in The 3 Little Pigs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Del Rey (May 1, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345291727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345291721
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an old style science fiction novel in the old sense. A stranded earthman, a native of the planet trying to make it back to safety before the planet goest through a massive change in temperature which will, as far as we know, kill every living thing on the planet. The native and the Earthman develop a friendship against the background of struggling against time. The interesting subplot about the planets odd cycle and the evolutionary diversions it had caused was interesting. When at first one of the planetary scientists heats up a sample terrarium full of native plants, animals and dirt, only to watch them wither and die while at the same time tiny new creatures obviously built for the heat emerge from under the soil was an interesting way to start this section of the novel.
If you are interested in a nice read without a lot of the unecessary bells an whistles many authors are fond of putting in you will enjoy this one.
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When I spoke to Hal, we discussed this book before he autographed it for me. It was an opportunity to meet an author who had stayed a normal guy, and not been exalted to the Grand Master status that many of his contemparies had achieved.

Cycle of Fire is a simple novel of cooperation between two stranded aliens. It is a buddy novel that has been written before and since in a number of genres.

If you liked Enemy Mine, but not the war overtones, than this is the novel you will probably like better.
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I'd read this as a teen in the 1960's, and remembered it all my life. Read it again and it was as excellent as I remembered it. Outstanding science, positing an extraordinary world with two suns, and a surprising life cycle for the inhabitants. Told as a warm buddy-exploration adventure.
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Picked this novel up at a used bookstore for $1. Not one of Clement's best, but still entertaining and interesting in terms of its depiction of the two central characters (one human, one alien) and how they interact while stranded on an unusual planet. Typical of Clement, there are detailed descriptions of the planetary system, the two suns, how they influence the "cycle" of hot/cold weather, and the evolution of the unusual life forms found therein. Rather atypical for science fiction, there is no real violence or sex or technological wizardry to speak of. Hence, a somewhat old-fashioned, 1950s-style science fiction tale reminiscent of something that Asimov (a great admirer of Clement) or Bradbury might have written.
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