Needle

Needle The Hunter and his quarry raced through space when suddenly both ships crashed head on into one of the oceans of earth Both the Hunter and his quarry were symbiotes creatures who had to live within th

  • Title: Needle
  • Author: Hal Clement
  • ISBN: 9780380006359
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • The Hunter and his quarry raced through space when suddenly both ships crashed head on into one of the oceans of earth Both the Hunter and his quarry were symbiotes creatures who had to live within the body of another organism When the Hunter emerged from his wreck of a ship, he soon realized that a man of earth would make a suitable host It became obvious, too, that hisThe Hunter and his quarry raced through space when suddenly both ships crashed head on into one of the oceans of earth Both the Hunter and his quarry were symbiotes creatures who had to live within the body of another organism When the Hunter emerged from his wreck of a ship, he soon realized that a man of earth would make a suitable host It became obvious, too, that his quarry had already selected his host but which human being Then the Hunter found an excellent host in the person of young and intelligent Robert Kinnaird He made his presence known and, in return for some clever suggestions and help with his search, he helped Robert with his problems There follows an exciting, excellently wrought, and you will agree absolutely unique chase and deduction story Tense, dramatic, and humorous, too, it s a top drawer tale of scientific ingenuity From the dust jacketOriginally published in Astounding Science Fiction Also published as From Outer Space, followed by a sequel Through the Eye of a Needle

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    1. My second experience with Hal Clement left me feeling exactly like the first.essed by the scientific detail and marvelous concepts and drowsy and disappointed by a story with the pulse and energy of a week-old corpse. This one ended up really yanking my happy out because it started off so well. An alien copper (known as the Hunter) crash lands on Earth in pursuit of an alien criminal. Both Hunter and hunted are blobs of sentient protoplasm that hook up with other life forms in order to carry out [...]

    2. Classic SF novel I haven't read since I was a teen. It stands up pretty well. Aliens who take other creatures as hosts end up on Earth--one a fleeing criminal, the other the detective (referred to only as the Hunter) tracking him down. The potentially problematic aspects of parasitism are addressed by making the aliens ethically bound not to harm their hosts in any way (the quarry being sought is a criminal precisely because he violates this prime directive when it benefits him to do so) and fur [...]

    3. Needle is Hal Clement's first novel first published in the May and June 1949 issues of the pulp magazine Astounding Science Fiction.The book is wonderful example of a 1950's science fiction 'juvenile' in the best tradition of Robert Heinlein. It was a fun read and I could easily go into kid mode and identify with 15 year old Bob and his adventures with an alien who crashed on earth.

    4. One of the Best Hal Clement 'juveniles' Needle tells the story of an alien creature that can live inside a human host--benignly, and from the alien's point of view much of the time. Very good read. Interesting and sharp. Could not put down!

    5. Hal Clement had a fifty year career in sf and was made a Science Fiction Writer of America Grand Master in 1999.Needle (1950) was his first published novel and it suffers the dubious fate of containing so many new sf elements that they have become standards of the medium over time. Two aliens, one good, one bad, crash onto Earth, The good alien, Hunter, is after the criminal alien and yes this is roughly the plot of Critters along with many lesser sf movies and books. Just the other night I deci [...]

    6. Needle is the second book by Hal Clement that I’ve read recently. I had to look hard to find it as it is no longer in print. I was actually inspired to read it by a review of Stephanie Meyer’s Host which I read late last year. Someone said this was much better. They were right.In both books a human is taken over by an alien being. In one case the take over is against the will of the person. In the second the alien enlists the aid of it’s host. Stephanie Meyer covers the psychological aspec [...]

    7. This story has an interesting premise--two aliens, a detective and the criminal he is chasing, crash land on earth. They are a symbiotic species who need a host to survive. The story is told from the perspective of the detective and the teenage boy who willingly becomes his host. The book was published in 1950 and it shows. However, I actually enjoyed the simpleness of the story, it had a Hardy Boys feel to it that amused me.

    8. I was in a used book store, waiting for my companion to finish up their purchase, when I saw a table of sci-fi paperbacks and a sign reading $0.25 each. I grabbed a few by author names I recognized but do not have on my shelf, this one by Hal Clements was among them. The book, Needle, hearkens back to 1949 and I had just been discussing original ideas and where they have gone over the years; was the derivative typically superior to the original? In reading Needle I found Hal Clements performed a [...]

    9. This had a potentially interesting concept, but it got bogged down with unlikely reactions from human characters that were not quite believable. If I woke up one day and found out a symbiotic blob of jelly had taken up residence inside my body, I'd freak out a lot more than the young protagonist did.I'll remember this more for the the wild eyed fellow commuter on the train with a tattered copy of Whitley Strieber's "Communion" who saw this book in my hand and asked me if it was real. I said "No, [...]

    10. Surprisingly less entertaining than the first book in the Animorph series. I'm not going to recommend Animorphs to anyone. But if I understand it right. The bulk of this stories plot was original enough that it became one of those books people recommended to me for being "one of the first like it". I basically like anything Hal Clement writes is good. In part because he is so focused on detailed science, or, science first, that you always feel like you've learned something. However this story is [...]

    11. A classic-era sci-fi, for SciFi Bookclub. I really liked the first bit, when it was just about the cool alien, who is kind of jelly-fish like and needs a host in order to be able to survive. He crash-lands on earth, when chasing a baddie jellyfish, and needs to find a new host. Unfortunately this new host turns out to be a teenage boy. This is not necessarily a bad thing of course only depictions of children and adolescents from the 1950s and 60s don't tend to hold up that well. He was OK though [...]

    12. I originally picked this up because I was looking to read the manga series 7 Billion Needles and saw on the back cover that it was based on Hal Clement's Needle. And since I'm one of those people who has to read the original inspiration first if I know there is one, I managed to track this down through my library's inter-library loan system. However, after reading this, I'm not sure sure if my excitement for the manga has been tempered by Needle's mediocrity or raised because for all its faults, [...]

    13. My brother was cleaning out his bookshelves in anticipation of his upcoming move, and so I "inherited" about 100 of his books. A nice haul all the way around and among them, were about 30-35 science fiction books, many from the so-called classical era. I haven't really read all that much of the older science fiction for many years now but have wanted to get back into it and thought this the perfect opportunity.So this book was my first to read out of that whole collection from my brother. I had [...]

    14. The concepts covered in this classic piece of hard science fiction are certainly worth thinking about, and the depiction of an alternate 1949 Earth where oil is grown rather than drilled for is compelling. But the real star of this story is the alien: Hunter is a unique character in science fiction. As a detective, he has a very specific skillset -- but as a castaway, he has almost no capability to use any of it, save for his thought processes. The resolution of this story is beautifully put tog [...]

    15. ‘The two ships raced in from outer space and crashed head-on into the Pacific Ocean.One carried: THE HUNTERThe other: HIS QUARRYcorrupt, evil, a criminal from an unearthly civilisation light years away.Both were unable to exist alone – both needed a ‘host’. a human body which they could invade and control…’Blurb from the 1963 Corgi paperback editionA gelatinous alien detective in pursuit of a gelatinous alien criminal crashes in earth’s sea just off the coast of a US island. The al [...]

    16. This book took me awhile to read. There were some things I liked about the author's style, and other things not so much. First off, the story started very strongly - an alien crash lands on Earth, in pursuit of another alien. It starts great, but I felt like the story, and Clement's writing style very quickly got bogged down in details. His writing is very logical - as if by introducing excruciatingly precise, logical descriptions of character actions and motivations, it would add to the credibi [...]

    17. This fits under the genre of Bildungsroman - coming of age. It's classified as a juvenile because it's based on a neat idea, but has no very little science behind it, despite an MD being involved in the story. Rather than itemize the plot, I'll just give some observations:- Would the Hunter have had a more interesting time in a women's body? Could a book with that concept have been published in 1949?- The shift from third person limited to third person omniscient is a little unnerving. We start [...]

    18. This story wasn't as intense as it could have been.Published in 1949/50.The tale started off well with an interesting chase through hyperspace, a hunter after its prey, the prey being a fugitive protoplasmic blob that could hide in any other living creature, hence the title. The hunter is also of the same race, a detective, both crash into the ocean off the coast of some islands.The hunter manages to insert himself into a teenage boy and eventually makes his presence known.Together they hunt the [...]

    19. After reading Cycle of Fire I went online and bought a few more of his books, and I'm pretty impressed. Very fun story, and I was really torn between 4 and 5 stars. All of the sci-fi aspects with the Hunter were really great, and with a lot of scientific detail, but I feel like there was too much detail in the back story of wandering around the islands building boats, etc, and that part of it really didn't pull me in much.Also, given the nature of what was going on, you never really saw much dis [...]

    20. Reading this oldie but goodie again after many years, what struck me most was that Clement depicted a group of 15 year old boys interested in nature, swimming, construction--everything but girls! A measure I think of how our culture has changed. This is that rare thing, a science fiction mystery.

    21. Over all this was a fun 50's YA novel. I did enjoy the fact that Hal Clement writes hard science fiction so in his novels the science is reasonable. It is fun to get a bit of science in while reading.

    22. I would have LOVED this book when I was 13, but it has too much of a YA feel to it to really thrill me now, and that is not just because the protagonist is a young teen. It was written in 1949, and I don't know who was the intended audience back then.

    23. Un bel mix di fantascienza e poliziesco. Abbastanza credibile nel complesso.Perplime la facilità con cui tutti accettano la situazione.

    24. I rather enjoyed this one at the time of reading it during childhood. Amazingly, remembering the cover, the story line came back to me as well.

    25. An alien detective seeks a killer hiding inside a human body. And he has to perform his search while inhabiting another human.

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