09 September, 2012

Review: The Best of Hal Clement

The Best of Hal Clement The Best of Hal Clement by Hal Clement
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This collection of hard science fiction short stories is well worth reading for any hard scifi fan. Hal Clement is a master of the genre, and does an excellent job of creating scientifically interesting settings for each of these stories.

While there is some lack in character development, this is not unusual in short stories, as there generally isn't enough time to permit substantial change. Much more disappointing is Clement's continual use of sexism -- but this was standard practice in his time, and no scifi novels of this period really did any better on that front.

Despite these flaws, these stories are still well worth reading. Definitely recommended.

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