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In the Mote the humans find an ancient civilization--at least one million years old--that has always been bottled up in their cloistered solar system for lack of a star drive. The Moties are welcoming and kind, yet rather evasive about certain aspects of their society. It seems the Moties have a dark problem, one they've been unable to solve in over a million years.
This is the first collaboration between Niven and Pournelle, two masters of hard science fiction, and it combines Pournelle's interest in the military and sociology with Niven's talent for creating interesting, believable aliens. The novel meticulously examines every aspect of First Contact, from the Moties' biology, society, and art, to the effects of the meeting on humanity's economics, politics, and religions. And all the while suspense builds as we watch the humans struggle toward the truth. --Brooks Peck
I rarely give 5-star ratings of anything. Especially not scifi books, since they're often cheap and pulpy. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jacob Hawken
Bought the Audible version to "re-read" this old favorite. I'm not too picky on narration--all other Audible narrators I've heard have been good to great--but the narrator... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Robert Lenk
Still a great story. Makes you think. Niven at his best and the prelude to wire heading/cell phone freaks.
Yikes, what a horrible rambling beginning. On and on, with all these stupid characters, and pointless bla bla bla. When does the space novel begin? What is the book even about? Read morePublished 27 days ago by Seattle Sushi
This book is really thought provoking. A definite recommendation for anyone who loves sci fi.Published 1 month ago by Paul A. Brown Jr.
Finally got to read the first in the series. Well written and a joy to read.Published 1 month ago by Ham Radio Realtor
This story reads a little like a Patrick O'Brian ("Master and Commander" Jack Aubrey books) tale with its romantically enhanced details about naval life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert in Tempe