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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
Still a great read after 40 years. Some things seem a bit dated but not much.Published 9 hours ago by b
This book is bad on the level of daytime TV or, well, bad sci-fi. You know how within literature there's sort of a cliché that sci-fi is incredibly badly written? OK ..... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a classic. Worthy of your time. Don't forget the sequels!Published 9 days ago by Curtis Handsaker
What Niven does best, coming up with truly alien aliens, not Star Trek humanoids with funny head bumps. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Edward F. Healey
Niven and Pournelle's crowning work, in my opinion. This book belongs to a very short list for me: those books that every few years I read again just because they are *that*... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Brant Gardner
I really enjoyed the book, it seemed to stall at times but if you push on through you are really rewarded with a great story of first contact between the Human race and the aliens... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Shaun Nugent
This novel is considered by many to be the highest expression of authorship and story-telling by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RAL