“Heavy Planet,” Lee Gregor (Milton A. Rothman), 1939 – The denizens of a planet with extreme gravity fight over the wreckage of an alien ship.
Comments: A story that argues that environment influences the development of technology. Also, a hard sf classic about the arms race. Read in Great Science Fiction Stories of 1939.
Author: Wikipedia: “Milton A. Rothman (November 30, 1919 – October 6, 2001) was a United States nuclear physicist and college professor. He was also an active science fiction fan and a co-founder of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society. An occasional author as well, he published stories usually with the pseudonym ‘Lee Gregor’.”