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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 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 7 days 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.
Man's first contact with an alien race. It is a great treatment of how we might deal with just such a situation. The moties, are they not sooooo cute.Published 8 days ago by Bernard Samp
I wanted to give this novel a full 5 stars but I just can't bring myself to do so. I felt that there was no real "threat" persistent threat throughout. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Derrick Manley
The authors build a good story that's about the characters and the situations, rather than about the technologies, but use hypothetical future technology to put the all-too-human... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Chris S.
a unique and creative spin by two of the finest si fi authors of our timePublished 24 days ago by Norman Bowen
This book has been rewritten since the first time I read it in college. I think it was a much better book then.Published 1 month ago by Paul Uttermohlen