Difference between revisions of "Close to Critical"
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Clement, Hal. Close to Critical. Series: Mesklin. Serialized in three parts, Astounding (US) May, June, July 1958. New York: Ballantine Books, 1964. For other publications, see Internet Science Fiction Database (ISFDb).
On one of Clement's "hellworlds" of high gravity and, let's say, challenging atmosphere, life exists and thrives enough to produce sentient native creatures. Onto this world a robot probe descends, steals eggs from a native, and raises a brood. The robot gets the name "Fagin," as in the character from Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist and raises and teaches the alien children. Note for the robot, the human-run space station from which it is voiced, and for a "space-going bathyscaphe." (a "free-diving self-propelled deep-sea submersible, consisting of a crew cabin similar to a bathysphere, but suspended below a float rather than from a surface cable, as in the classic bathysphere design").
RDE, with thanks to JJP, 30June2020