Mission of Gravity
For a profit -- and adventure -- Barlennan would sail thousands of miles across uncharted waters, into regions where gravity itself played strange tricks. He would dare the perils of strange tribes and stranger creatures -- even dicker with those strange aliens from beyond the skies, though the concept of another world was unknown to the inhabitants of the disk-shaped planet of Mesklin.
But in spite of the incredible technology of the strangers and without regard for their enormous size, Barlennan had the notion of turning the deal to an unsuspected advantage for himself . . . all in all a considerable enterprise for a being very much resembling a fifteen-inch caterpillar!
This book also contains Hal Clement's classic article "Whiligig World."
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Review: Mission of Gravity (Mesklin #1)User Review - Pablo Flores - Goodreads
This is a classic adventure book in a somewhat contrived sci-fi setting which is as much of a character as the "real" characters; the latter are a bit sketchy. The plot is linear and easy to follow ... Read full review
Review: Mission of Gravity (Mesklin #1)User Review - Attentive - Goodreads
Decent, amiable read. It's supposed to be about the physics and exobiology of a planet shaped like an "oblate sphere", but it turns out to be more of an American's idealised view of first contact with ... Read full review