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The Gripping Hand
     

The Gripping Hand

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by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
 

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For the safety of mankind, the aliens called Moties have been quarantined for 25 years (see THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE) and are now poised to break out of their solar system and spread rapidly into humanity's space. Kevin Renner, Horace Bury, Rod Blaine and other characters introduced in THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE must now find new ways to cope with the inevitable Motie

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For the safety of mankind, the aliens called Moties have been quarantined for 25 years (see THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE) and are now poised to break out of their solar system and spread rapidly into humanity's space. Kevin Renner, Horace Bury, Rod Blaine and other characters introduced in THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE must now find new ways to cope with the inevitable Motie expansion while trying to protect humanity. Sequel to the novel Robert A. Heinlein called "Possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read."

"Mote fans, go get it."
- Los Angeles Reader

"... science fiction in the classic mode ... Another lovely entertainment from the field's leading collaborative team."
- Omni

"There is action aplenty, fast movement, [and] space battles ... This is one you'll love."
- Analog

" ... a major novel, sure to be one of the most popular books of the coming year."
- Science Fiction Chronicle

"Fast ... furious ... fun ... "
- New York Review of Science Fiction

" ... few readers are likely to be disappointed. A good bet to make the Hugo ballot, as well as the bestseller lists."
- Kirkus Reviews

" ... readers will be hooked."
- Publishers Weekly

"The Gripping Hand is a gripping read."
- Atlanta Journal Constitution

" ... inventive in its science fiction ... "
- Chicago Sun-Times

Editorial Reviews

Flint Journal
" ... fans of Niven and Pournelle ... won't be disappointed with their latest effort."
Nashville Banner
"Superbly crafted ... This one was worth the wait. I recommend it to all science fiction fans ... "
Booklist - Book list
" ... it is a pleasure to return to the company of what is surely one of the most intriguing, endearingly quirky alien races in all of science fiction."
Bookpage - Book page
"The Gripping Hand is pure science fiction in the action adventure tradition."
Daytona Beach News Journal
"The Gripping Hand is a grand space adventure well worth the 18-year wait. Niven and Pournelle once again have proven a formidable writing team."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013077034
Publisher:
Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
MOTE series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
74,999
File size:
630 KB

Meet the Author

LARRY NIVEN: Born April 30, 1938 in Los Angeles, California. Attended California Institute of Technology; flunked out after discovering a book store jammed with used science fiction magazines. Graduated Washburn University, Kansas, June 1962: BA in Mathematics with a Minor in Psychology, and later received an honorary doctorate in Letters from Washburn. Interests: Science fiction conventions, role playing games, AAAS meetings and other gatherings of people at the cutting edges of science. Comics. Filk singing. Yoga and other approaches to longevity. Moving mankind into space by any means, but particularly by making space endeavors attractive to commercial interests. Several times we’ve hosted The Citizens Advisory Council for a National Space Policy. I grew up with dogs. I live with a cat, and borrow dogs to hike with. I have passing acquaintance with raccoons and ferrets. Associating with nonhumans has certainly gained me insight into alien intelligences. www.larryniven.net

JERRY POURNELLE: is the author of the popular Janissaries and CoDominium series and co-author with Larry Niven of several bestselling science fiction novels, including INFERNO, FOOTFALL, LUCIFER'S HAMMER, OATH OF FEALTY, THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE, THE GRIPPING HAND, THE BURNING CITY, BURNING TOWER and ESCAPE FROM HELL. Dr. Pournelle has advanced degrees in engineering, political science, statistics and psychology. As an aerospace Systems Analyst he participated in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. Following a brief tour in academia he was the Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Los Angeles. He was the Science Editor for Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine. He has written columns on political and technology issues for decades, in addition to his career as a fiction writer. His columns for Byte magazine have been an internet staple for many years. The author has been involved in the development of government policy on space enterprises and defense, and he is active on several committees for the advancement of science and space exploration. www.jerrypournelle.com

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Gripping Hand 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly unrecommend this book. I love Larry Niven's early works, including the first Mote book, and this is simply an insult to his memory. The characters' behavior is solely dictated by the requirement of pushing them around to different locales without regard for logic. And the plot is simply an insult. And while some of the characters act as if the first book never happened, other characters act in completely different ways that don't even make sense compared with their earlier incarnation. Oh yeah, everyone's an idiot. All the characters are entirely stupid and never do the right thing. Had any of these characters done the right thing, the book would have been dreadfully boring, but it really was pretty boring anyway. I've read this book twice (the second time to convince myself that I wasn't mistaken (I wasn't)) and read the first Mote book many many times. And I would much rather read the first one again than to ever read the second one ever. If you read the first one and would like to know how everything turned out, take my advice and just leave it alone. You don't want to know. Unless, of course, you're an idiot who likes to be pandered to and you don't care what you read, in which case you might really like this one. But if you don't enjoy wasting your time, don't read this book. There are a lot of great Niven books out there, and by the time you finish reading the last one, you'll have already forgotten how great the first one is. And if not, there's always Clarke or Asimov.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the believable depiction of very different alien race and culture.
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klobber More than 1 year ago
A good read, just a little bit below the quality of the first book. Some parts got really hard to follow.
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In this sequel to The Mote in God¿s Eye, humans and the alien ¿Moties¿ once again come into contact with dramatic results. The Empire of Man has a blockade to keep the Moties bottled up in their own system because the Moties are explosively expansive and would quickly overrun the Empire. Horace Bury, an Imperial Trader, and Kevin Renner, his pilot, travel through the Empire helping Naval Intelligence quell rebellion. But Bury and Renner, veterans from the first contact with the Moties, have another goal: to make sure that the Moties stay penned up in their system. When they find possible evidence that the Moties may escape, they pull all the strings they can find in order to visit the blockade. Events unfold quickly and they end up once more in the Mote system, trying to prevent a disaster. They have help of Chris and Glenda Ruth Blain, the two children of the first expedition¿s captain. The Blaine¿s have unique insight into the situation because they grew up around the only Moties allowed into the Empire. The tension is thick at times, and the space battles are well plotted. However, there are large stretches consisting of political intrigue and Motie history lessons that slow down the plot considerably. I think the sections are interspersed well enough to hold the reader¿s interest. Some of the plot twists were hard to follow, especially once the Moties are involved. However, considering the chaos involved during battles and throwing in completely alien thought patters, it¿s probably fair to have some confusion in the plot. The characters are engaging, but I found it a little annoying that some of them just drop out of the story at the end without resolutions. The Gripping Hand is definitely easier to read if you have the background found in The Mote in God¿s Eye. However, like most sequels, it doesn¿t live up to the promise of the first book. It¿s entertaining, but not destined to be a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though I have not read the previous book, The Mote inGod's Eye's, I really enjoy this one. I like the way it combines history with the future in a unique manner. The whole book was phenominal. I give Niven and Pournelle a standing ovation for thier miraculous achievement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For the first time ever I'm disappointed that Niven and Pournelle have produced a work that fails to live up to their previous efforts. 'The Gripping Hand' starts off disappointing and doesn't improve at all. It seems more like a collection of ideas that the authors were exploring and then tried to tie them all together in what seemed like a logical arrangement to produce the sequel. Even the Military aspects of the Empire have been toned down(somewhat like the U.S. Military of the present)to the point where it's all a bit laughable. Even though it takes place twenty-five years after 'The Mote in God's Eye', the characters from that earlier novel are just not as believable as they were. Pournelle's 1981 solo effort, 'King David's Spaceship' was far better than 'The Gripping Hand', but the question must be asked, 'Gentlemen, what went wrong?'
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in this series, "The Mote in God's Eye", about 2 years ago, and until recently, I didn't realize there was a sequel. When I found out, I quickly tracked it down. To be honest, I don't remember the characters all that well from the first book - I wouldn't wait years between them if you don't have to. And while this sequel does take awhile to get going, I don't understand all of the negative reviews about it. It's a good story, and interesting. I like how the aliens here are asymmetrical, mysterious and quietly sinister. Plus the hard science of how they travel between systems is neat (a different take than the usual lightspeed or hyperspace route). Will it take 18 years for another sequel to come out? Who knows, but I remain a fan. Recommended to anyone who loved the first.