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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
No good, compelling characters. All about events, like an historical docudrama. Trying too hard to be realistic. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by John
Good story and good execution. There are enough ideas in this book to write 10 novels.Published 4 days ago by mpatter
A reread(listen) after many years. I enjoy a good "Space Opera" and this is firmly in that category. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Keith E Vierling
I was told to read this book, but kept putting it off. It is an absolute must read thriller, and I loved it.Published 19 days ago by Jerry M
As much fun and excitement as the first few times I read it.
Great characters, a fascinating storyline and a rich far future milieu. Read more
This is a new series for me and I really like the way the story flows. The characters flow int their roles and the story seems to be just beginning.Published 27 days ago by Shawn
I could not put the book down. This is by far the best sci-fi book I have ever read.Published 1 month ago by D. Coulter