Hal Clement, RIP

I looked at Kathryn Cramer’s blog only to find the sad news that science fiction writer Hal Clement (Harry Stubbs was his real name) has passed away. He was probably the SF writer who I most wanted to meet one day, and now he is gone. As a kid, I loved his books. I still have flashes of images from Mission of Gravity now and then. When I had my first publication credit in Catherine Asaro’s Mindsparks my article was adjacent to a Clement one and I was so excited about that. Towards the end of the run of Reality Break I wanted to interview him, but I didn’t pursue it and then the moment passed.

Goodbye fine sir, may your wonderful books be proudly read for generations uncountable.