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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 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 5 days 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 13 days ago by David J. Nix
Fascinating contact with first non human species. They are not simple. Excellent light read. Characters are a bit too lightly drawn.Published 23 days ago by M. Bell
This a possibly the best sci-fi book you can get. The depiction of the Moties is pretty cool. The plot is great, showing how: try as you might, there are bound to be secrets and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joshua J Rucinski
Quite slow and racist towards alien species.
Characters were really thin and relationships like in cheap love novels.
Not really good.