The Mote In God's Eye [NOOK Book]

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The united 'Second Empire of Man' spans vast distances, due to the Alderson Drive which has enabled humans to travel easily between the stars. After an alien probe is discovered, the Navy dispatches two ships to determine whether the aliens pose a threat… Called by Robert A. Heinlein: "Possibly the greatest science fiction novel ever written," this magnificent exploration of first contact and a truly alien ...
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The Mote In God's Eye

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Overview

The united 'Second Empire of Man' spans vast distances, due to the Alderson Drive which has enabled humans to travel easily between the stars. After an alien probe is discovered, the Navy dispatches two ships to determine whether the aliens pose a threat… Called by Robert A. Heinlein: "Possibly the greatest science fiction novel ever written," this magnificent exploration of first contact and a truly alien society is a "must read" for science fiction fans.

"As science fiction, one of the most important novels ever published."
- San Francisco Chronicle

"A superlatively fine novel…no writer has ever come up with a more appealing, intriguing, and workable concept of aliens."
- Columbus Dispatch

"One of the most engrossing tales I've read in years… fascinating."
- Theodore Sturgeon

“Few writers have a better pedigree”
- Los Angeles Times
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Editorial Reviews

Robert A. Heinlein
"Possibly the greatest science fiction novel I have ever read."
Frank Herbert
"A spellbinder, a swashbuckler…And, best of all, it has a brilliant new approach to that fascinating problem -- first contact with aliens."
Minneapolis Tribune
"Intriguing and suspenseful…the scenes in which the humans and aliens examine one another are unforgettable."
Tom Clancy
“Nobody does it better than Niven and Pournelle.”
The Washington Times
“The team of Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven is one of the best in science fiction.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012514493
  • Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Series: MOTE series, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 26,957
  • File size: 2 MB

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: 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 INIFERNO, 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. 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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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Wow

    I can't believe I went so long without reading this. A truly magnificent SciFi book. Well worth your time.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    A great first contact novel

    I was looking for a book that involved first contact with an alien species. This one was recommend several times as a book that deviates from the usual "the aliens find us first" approach. I enjoyed it very much and loved how the interactions between two very different species, both physically and culturally, played out.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Formatting make it almost unreadable.

    The line spacing and font size is inconsistent and annoying. One page will be double spaced the next single. Publisher defaults are single spaced and too small for my eyes - one of the main reasons I bought a Nook was to be able to enlarge text.

    Makes what might be a great book a complete frustration. Can't even get into enjoying the story....

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    This was the first of several science fiction books that left me

    This was the first of several science fiction books that left me awe-struck and the first book that I kept to re-read to appreciate its nuances as well as the chance to gage my reading evaluation skills.
    The premise of a second chance for a controlled first contact with a technological near equal  is fantastic and well developed.  This collaboration was made the stronger by the careful selection of characters and voices by each author. 

    We are playing in Pournelle's future post-"Co-Dominion" universe until we enter the Motie system.  Niven's voice/personality is given a "seat" on-board the battle-cruiser MacArthur - the prime setting  for much of the story in the role of Sailing Master Renner.
    From this point forward, Niven's writing becomes more apparent.  Character development is much better than typically found in SF stories - especially when one's SF diet began with Asimov's Foundation series.  Please note that this book was published during the mid-1970's and that some of the writing team's social attitudes may seem a bit dated after nearly forty years in print.  
    Please don't let this point of view get in the way of reading one of the strongest first contact novels that I have read..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Ashfur to motestar

    Can i join

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Overall a very fine science fiction novel

    And I say 'science fiction' as opposed to 'sci fi' for a reason. This book is about big ideas rather than battles, it presents a truly alien species rather than monsters. It deserves its classification as classic. It has a bevy of well developed characters and its plot moves from one phase to the next with impeccable logic and style. But if there wad one thing that held this back from getting five stars rather than just four it was the characters. I liked them all and they are all fun to spend time with... but half of them are not needed for the plot. Their contributions could have been made by lesser characters and the book would have been half its length. It was fun getting to know them... but we didn't need them. But still this book is a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2002

    A 'must read' classic

    I agree that the beginning is slow - but so is the classic Victorian narrative style - but the effort is well rewarded with a story strong in both major and minor elements. Major, the universe that is created is rich and varied, with an alien culture that is based on some truly unique premises. The authors do not shy away from some very central and provocative topics, key to the existence of any species and especially problematic to a sentient one. Minor, in the elements of daily life - such as the handheld computer, which has since come into being much as Niven and Pournelle envisioned it (i.e. the Pocket PC with wireless access). I've read this book several times and gained more from each reading. And as with all truly great SF novels, we learn more about ourselves from the 'outside' view the authors posit. I don't want to give away too much, but once you've read this, think about some predominant religions' position on sex and reproduction.... There are many possible endings that would have trivialized this book, and it's my opinion that the authors avoided them successfully. Their conclusion is plausible and thought-provoking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2015

    I found the book tedious at times.  Why say something in 300 pag

    I found the book tedious at times.  Why say something in 300 pages when you can say it in 550 pages.
     It was creative and imaginative and at times, I found I could not put it down.   I think it's a great story and well told.  It was obviously written
    in the seventies.  reading it in 2015 I chuckled at the lack of technology several millennium in the future.  I think with a major update/rewrite
    this book could have a whole new life.   
        

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    It's well-thought out and they really show their work. Assuming

    It's well-thought out and they really show their work. Assuming you're a fan of their other collaborations, or hard SF in general, you'll definitely love this one. It's also got a fascinating world and culture that they've built, both on the human side and the Moties, so I'd imagine pretty much any science fiction fan will enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Join Thunderclan!

    Join Thunderclan! I am Silverstar,your leader. We have all places open (deputy, medicine cat, ect.) ecept for leader. We are at 'thunder88' first reveiw. If you wish to join, title your review with the place you want and then tell me why you want it. Join Thunderclan now!

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Disappointed

    Was slow to start, then I discovered that it was about humans first contact with intellengent life from another planet.I was hooked. It was a good story line, the charters were under developed and the ending was a disapointment. Two good scfi writers were one to many for this book. I do not recomend wasting your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Woogster

    If you enjoy sci-fi this book is a must read. I usually read fantasy, horror or sci-fi and just came across this novel not knowing it's place among great space storys. The storyline deveops at moderate pace then changing into a juicy space tale, really holds your attention. I've since realized this book is one of the great sci-fi novels, not to be missed by fans of this genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Interesting if a bit dated.

    Some of the suggested cultural mores seem obsolete. Particularly those that refer to the attitudes regarding women and childbirth. Still it was a fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Great read

    An oldie but a goody.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    GO TOTHE SCARLET LETTER!!!!

    NOW

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    SF at its best

    This is hard SF regarding man's first contact with aliens. Extremely well written, strong logical plot, fleshed out characters, lots of twists and turns, and edge of the seat reading at times. A military cruiser makes first contact, what do you do? Go back to Earth and risk an unknown race finding its location? Excellent, excellent read that any true SF fan should have in his or her collection.

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    Posted June 12, 2012

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    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 7, 2012

    Any one here

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    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 6, 2012

    Lillyday to se*star

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    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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