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Excellent Classic SciFi, Masterful Immagining of an Alien Species,
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This review is from: The Mote in God's Eye (Mass Market Paperback)
This is one of Niven and Pournelle's best books. They have quite a few that are excellent, but this has to be one of the top three.
Once again, as in Footfall, they imagine a completely alien culture that cuts our human paradigms to shreds. They do something that most books miss, which is to put you in a place and really make you think about things you never even thought to consider.
This book is dated, but it stands up well. Sure, there are some things in the book where technology of today has vastly surpassed what they achieved a thousands of years from now, but it's easy to let that stuff slide.