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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
Read this book decades ago and it was just a good the second time around.Published 2 days ago by Mike S
One of the best first-contact books ever written, in my opinion. Ingenious plot, rich character development and a logical "future history." A must-read for sci-fi fans.Published 9 days ago by Christopher Ford-Hayes
This book was written in the 70s, so looking from the current state of technology it has a certain steampunk feel to it. Tapes, styluses, "index codes", heh. Read morePublished 24 days ago by IBuyStuff
I rarely give 5-star ratings of anything. Especially not scifi books, since they're often cheap and pulpy. Read morePublished 1 month 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 1 month ago by Robert Lenk
Still a great story. Makes you think. Niven at his best and the prelude to wire heading/cell phone freaks.