Half Life by Hal Clement

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Seventy-five years from now, the human race on Earth is in trouble -- perhaps even facing extinction -- because of the rapid evolution of diseases. A crew of young men and women travel to the moons of Saturn to investigate the biochemistry of the pre-life conditions there in the slim hope of discovering something that might save Earth. Nearly half of them have died on the way when the book opens, for they all have incurable diseases, doing most of their exploration with virtual-reality machinery. They race to find answers across the surface of an alien landscape with death close behind...and gaining. Half Life is pure hard SF adventure, and Clement is the best. Half Life is his first novel in this decade and very much upholds his own high standard -- this is one of the hard SF novels of the 1990s.
 

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Hal Clement lives in Milton, Massachusetts.
 
Published September 1, 1999 by Tor Books. 252 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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New science fiction from the veteran author of Still River (1987), etc. Near the end of the next century, diseases are evolving so rapidly that human survival itself is threatened.

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In his first novel since 1987's Still River, SFWA Grand Master Clement imagines a time 75 years in the future when life on Earth, from plant to human, has fallen into an unstoppable decline and medica

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