The Mote In God's Eye

The Mote In God's Eye

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by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
     
 

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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

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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 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

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012514493
Publisher:
Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Series:
MOTE series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
27,617
File size:
1 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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Mote in God's Eye 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 101 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't believe I went so long without reading this. A truly magnificent SciFi book. Well worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TXWeisberg More than 1 year ago
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..
wookietim More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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LAB54 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite novels of any genre. Yes, it's science fiction, and, yes, it's about contacts with aliens from space, but it's also about our actions and reactions to alien cultures just generally. Much of the human thinking and acts mirrors those of the U.S. in response to 19th and 20th Century immigration of Chinese, Irish, Jewish, and other nationals. It's a fascinating book, well-written, serious yet humorous -- a great read.
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MrAndre76 More than 1 year ago
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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Halykan More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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