Hal Clement

American author

Hal Clement (May 30, 1922 – October 29, 2003) was an American science fiction author.

Quotes Edit

Short fiction Edit

Assumption Unjustified (1946) Edit

Originally published in the October 1946 issue of Astounding. Page number from the reprint in Crossroads in Time, edited by Groff Conklin.
  • It seems that these men are primitive enough to have a marked tendency toward superstition—ascribing things they don’t understand to supernatural intervention.
    • p. 17

Mission of Gravity (1954) Edit

  • The captain, thinking over this event afterward, realized that by his own lifelong standards he had a crew composed entirely of lunatics, with himself well to the front in degree of aberration; but he was fairly sure that this particular form of insanity was going to be useful.
    • Chapter 9
  • No one likes to be watched constantly by someone he can’t see.
    • Chapter 11
  • What’s the use of a high school education if you can’t recall it when needed later on?
    • Chapter 14
  • Maybe we’ve been taking nova precautions for a red dwarf.
    • Chapter 15

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