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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
The story is well written, the characters are interesting, and there are very few boring lulls in the story.
That said however, the characterization is pretty flat with the human characters in particular being rather one dimensional and predictable.
This book, as well as the rest of the series, I consider to be the best of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle efforts.
This book has been rewritten since the first time I read it in college. I think it was a much better book then.Published 10 days ago by Paul Uttermohlen
It is the second time I read this book and I enjoyed it, but not that much as the first time. I guess the pass of time do this to some scfi books. It felt old somehow. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Niven and Pournelle can write compelling narrative and this book is fun to read. That said, the characters, especially the one female (Star Wars, anyone? Read morePublished 27 days ago by Hurricane
First I read the Hungarian translation by the late Békési József, the the whole series in original. Enjoyed the whole. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Endre Bálint-Nagy
A very good and easy read. There should be a follow on book. The story ended well and the author left room for a sequel.Published 1 month ago by Alford Duncan
Text when you're free for lunch tomorrow morning to be in town of your friends to beat one that was my. HPublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customers