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Any meaning or significance to the name "Felodon"?

I've just read Hal Clement's 1963 short novella "The Green World" (available from Project Gutenberg). Set on an alien planet, it features an amphibian carnivore which is called a Felodon and ...
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What is the significance of Hal Clement's comment about "Pancake in the Sky"?

In the essay "Whirligig World" at the back of Hal Clement's Mission of Gravity (about how the planet Mesklin was invented for the book) he states that he thought of titling the book Pancake ...
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Which Hal Clement books are in the same universe as 'Mission of Gravity'?

Obviously Star Light is a sequel to Mission of Gravity, and the other Mesklin stories "Under" and "Lecture Demonstration" are directly related. I noticed, though, a while back that ...
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Why was the ship named Albireo in Hal Clement's "Hot Planet"?

In Hal Clement's short story "Hot Planet" (freely available to read online), a group of scientists and engineers are engaged in a mission on the surface of Mercury. Their ship is called the ...
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Who are all the characters in Hal Clement's "Hot Planet"?

Hal Clement's short story "Hot Planet" is freely available to read online at Project Gutenberg. I read it the other day and was more or less able to understand what was going on, but the ...
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Was Terry Pratchett inspired by Hal Clement?

The science fiction author Hal Clement wrote several stories set in planets with interesting features, perhaps most famously Mesklin, a planet with a flattened shape and a very strong gravitational ...
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