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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
This book is really thought provoking. A definite recommendation for anyone who loves sci fi.Published 1 day ago by Paul A. Brown Jr.
Finally got to read the first in the series. Well written and a joy to read.Published 7 days 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 8 days ago by Robert in Tempe
Bought this series when it first came out -- the coer price of 45¢ gives an idea how long ago -- and they vanished in one of many moves or were borrowed and not returned. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Karen Cookson
Interesting up to halfway, then it implodes. Terribly silly. Pulp. Not worth more than these few words. stay away from it.Published 18 days ago by Cecilia C.
This is one of those great scifi books that never gets old. I read it when I was a kid and I read it again as an adult. It withstands the test of time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by NS
Larry Niven is incredibly good at hard science fiction. In fact, most modern authors of that genre take inspiration from Niven and his frequent co-author, Jerry Pournelle. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David J. Nix