Clement, Hal Cycle of Fire
New York Ballantine Books 1957 First Printing Mass Market Paperback Good
Illustrated by Powers, Richard (cover)
Berkeley 200, 185 pp. Paperback original, first printing. Spine a bit rolled with some creasing and scuffing along edges. Binding intact but looks to be a bit fragile. Some edge wear and rubbing, long but light crease across upper corner of cover. Pages tanned but text is clean and unmaked. A decent copy.
Hal Clement was a master at inventing alien races and then telling a tale from their viewpoint, starting with his classic novel Mission of Gravity. Here, as elsewhere, we come to find that humans are the aliens in his stories.
"After his ship crashed, Nils Kurger had spent weeks wandering across the face of the planet . . . suffering from the blistering heat, the searing cold of an alien climate. Now he had found a fellow wanderer. And it was not human.
"Nils had no way of knowing how helpless or how dangerous the alien might be. It looked helpless, in fact it looked just as out of place on this planet as Nils was himself, but it also looked like nothing Nils had ever seen before. Whatever it was, there was just a chance that together they might stay alive.
"Through months Nils and the creature marched together, shared adventure and escape - and grew to know each other. Then Nils made a disturbing discovery.
"This creature, this thing called Dar, possessed a mind more powerful than his own . . . a mind totally retentive of facts, interpretation, analysis . . . a mind capable of feelings and desires fully as keen as Nils's own. And to this mind, Nils Kruger was the alien. "; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall