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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.
The best hard science fiction novel I've ever read. Niven and Pournelle together are a great team. Full of fun, well thought out bits about future and alien technology that help... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Mike Andres
Superb, classic, right there with the best of the best sci-fi written.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book, as well as the rest of the series, I consider to be the best of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle efforts. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Great Greyhounds
What utter rubbish: this book is written in a naive style reminiscent of The Hardy Boys booked I read growing up, littered with inappropriate and sexist content. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Clifford Sacks
I was always a fan of Footfall and Lucifers Hammer, and this did not disappoint! An enjoyable read for sure!Published 17 days ago by Benjamin Chase