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Not a Mesklinite in sight,
This review is from: Close to Critical (Mass Market Paperback)
If your anything like me, you wouldn't have heard of Clement much - he isn't in the spotlight of SF. He only ever got recognized as a Grand Master of sci fi recently, being given the award by the SWFA; and also for winning a Hugo for 'uncommon sense', a short work.
This is yet another book in the same universe that Star Light and other Mesklin stories were in. We meet a key character of Star Light, a young Easy - daughter of an ambassodor and a long way from home.
Thats where the trouble is. Yet again we find humans have conquered space, only to discover that they can't really go anywhere they need to - its just not a friendly place. An alien world, with a weather system that makes no sense and a chemical muddle for an atmosphere swallows whole a small craft containing none other than two small children - Easy and her Drommian companion; both are stuck, both are young, and both go a good way into cementing interspecies relations in what turns out to be a masterfully crafted tale of hard science fiction.