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Outies (Mote Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

J.R. Pournelle
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Outies is an authorized sequel to The Mote in God's Eye and The Gripping Hand by best-selling SF duo Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. With a fresh point of view, deep continuity, and page-turning plot twists, J.R. (Jennifer) Pournelle brings a mature generation of Moties to life for a mature generation of readers. Outies introduces new characters, adds depth to beloved old ones, creates a rich, imaginable world, and gives clear voices to aliens and outsiders.

In a return to the CoDominium universe of the Second Empire of Man, Outies pauses at the fringes of human space, on an outworld that never knew fossil fuels. New Utah instead pushed crude solar technologies to the limits of everyday utility. But a planet is a big place - and it's time for the New Utahns to meet the neighbors. Blending hard science and social science, Outies explores complexities of biology, geology, and ecology at the heart of alien Motie society and evolution. While military science fiction in a sense, that sense is very much of the wars of our time. Outies plunges through the confusion, chaos, factionalism, and unpredictability of low intensity conflict with realism, but largely through civilian eyes. In a twist on traditional space opera, it introduces Asach Quinn - a wily, thoughtful, genderless, and diplomatic foil to reckless pilot Kevin Renner. Leaving the aristocratic manors of Sparta, Quinn burrows deep inside the heads of members of the Church of Him - who believe that the red dwarf visible twinkling through the Coal Sack Nebula is literally the Eye of God. Pournelle - an ex-Army intelligence officer turned anthropologist - provides New Utah and its characters with a rich sense of place and deep motivations; hints at what may become, over the next millenium, of Mormons, moties, and Earth islanders displaced by sea level rise - and even masters some Tok Pisin along the way.

At nearly 110,000 words (about 400 print pages), the book is packed with additional material designed to allow the reader to explore New Utah in as much depth as desired. For those new to (or needing a refresher on) the Mote series, a detailed chronology lists key events over the five centuries preceding Outies. The cast of characters is organized by role and location, providing hints of relationships that unwind over the course of the novel. A map lays out the continental-scale environs in which the story is set. An appendix provides a guide to acronyms, details of religious history and organization, an explanation of alien accounting systems, and evolutionary biology. There is even an original musical score, composed by music theorist J. Daniel Jenkins. 

First Kindle edition published December, 2010. First print edition published April, 2011.

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    Jennifer R. Pournelle is an archaeologist and anthropologist who reconstructs the landscapes that surrounded ancient cities. Her work in Turkey, Iraq, and the Caucasus has been featured in Science magazine, The New York Times, on The Discovery Channel, and on National Geographic Television. In a former life, she received numerous decorations for service as a United States Army officer and arms control negotiator, and directed reconstruction work in Iraq as a civilian. Pournelle won the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Book Prize for Excavations, A City Cycle.

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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars The "Unexpected Sequel" 26 Aug. 2011
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    "Outies" is a direct sequel to the two Moties novels by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle: "The Mote In God's Eye" and "The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye" ("The Gripping Hand" in the USA). Towards the end, it also turns into a sequel to Jerry Pournelle's "King David's Spaceship".
    J.R. Pournelle is Jennifer Pournelle, daughter of the aforementioned Jerry. Father and daughter are evidently smart folk, to judge from their writing and from interviews. One wonders, then, why they thought it was a good idea for Pournelle père to write an effusively appreciative cover blurb for this book. And one presumes that they were able to spot that the dedication ("For my father. It's his world, we just try our best to live in it ...") pretty much demands that the reader worry about whether some real-world subtext underlies the obvious reference to the story setting. What's that all about?
    "Outies" in set mainly on New Utah, a planet that popped up on the periphery of "Moat Around ..."/"Gripping Hand", but which is now developed in some detail, building on plot elements in the previous book. We meet a couple of people from the previous novels, notably Renner and Blaine, but they don't quite ring true to their previous character. "Outies" introduces a new and interesting protagonist, however, in the world-weary form of Asach Quinn, who is the point-of-view character for a large part of the book. This introduces a writing challenge, because Quinn is both biologically sexless and socially genderless: the entire novel manages to avoid the use of gender-specific pronouns in reference to Quinn. A variety of tricks are used to keep this conceit below the narrative radar, and they're done very well; only occasionally does a phrase seem awkwardly constructed as it weaves around to avoid assigning Quinn a gender.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A plot Revealed 12 May 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I bought the kindle edition,solid sniff-able pages were not available when I ordered,so far I've found one spelling mistake,and the text to speech is robotic and offers strange pronunciation.

    The story has only Kevin Renner and Ali Baba performing cameos,with a brief appearance of Lord Blaine,the main plot revolves around the future imagined Mormon religion on New Utah,a frontier world think wild west or Quentin's Patch from "The Mote in God's Eye" writ large,Moties in a primitive form have predated the First Empire,an explanation for more money in the system than there should be IS THE STORY,I could argue you can form this fiction as a 2D Green Eco-Argument or a simplistic outline of politics i the Middle East to stir thinking in young adults if stretched creatively by a Teacher.

    The description of a Warrior Motie as a "Tweety Kitty".I thought, "Miffy Books", was amusing and a favourite for me.

    I enjoyed it,however it is slow paced compared to "The Moat'/Gripping Hand" and if you were hoping to read about Moties from cover to cover extremely disappointing,the Kindle price at less than a third of the physical version of this tale represents value for money and unfortunately the absorption this story commands.

    Three Stars because I have enjoyed it but this is a holiday/commuting/read.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars One star for effort 25 Feb. 2012
    By nvh65
    Format:Paperback
    I know that JR Pournelle isn't Jerry Pournelle but I still had some idea that this would be a continuation of a great story premise with some idea of quality but that just wasn't the case.

    Jennifer Pournelle is clearly an accomplished and clever person in her own right but this book is a mess. She didn't write a sentence that she thought couldn't be improved by a healthy dose of brackets, commas, dashes and italics.

    If Herman Melville had written an early Dune novel it would have come out something like this for verbiage - not in a good way.

    Add to that writing style logical holes in the plot that you can drive a bus through and things are not off to a good start. Unfortunately the story lacks any charm to make up for these shortfalls.

    Very poor editing for consistency, spelling and grammar and even bad typesetting just cap it off.

    This a bad book which is actively annoying to read.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    By R. Reid
    Format:Kindle Edition
    My title says it all. Mostly new characters on both sides and to say anything else would spoil it for anyone who wants to read it. The Outies are probably the least interesting of the factions in the 'Mote Universe'. Web reviews have noted that it is more a blend of social/hard science fiction than hard science fiction, and I would tend to agree, so if you do purchase be prepare for a different type of book than the original.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Moties part 3 13 Dec. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This book by Jerry Pournelles daughter continues the Empire of Man/Motie contact story from an unexpected angle.

    None of the story takes place in the Mote system. Instead the story takes place on New Utah, a colony of the first empire about to be assessed for entry into the empire.

    It is a deeply divided planet colonised by waves of religous fundamentalists at odds with each other.. It also has a secret hidden in the outback and protected by the original colonists, A motie civilisation.

    The story is very very slow to develop and never reaches the pacing or tension of the original books. But it has many elements from the previous books and also does homage to other Pournelle books like King Davids Spaceship.

    Its a lovely wrap up on a more positive note than the previous books, Its got a style of its own.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as good as the rest of the series
    Nowhere near as good as the rest of the series. Barely involves anything related TO the rest of the series, and spends most of the book dwelling on minutiae of a human... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Skorpy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    good read
    Published 2 months ago by smilersluck
    2.0 out of 5 stars the Mote was amazingly good and new
    this is another piece of story but not as good.

    If you've read the Mote then you'll find this interesting. If not, go read that first.
    Published 5 months ago by Dr. A. K. Midgley
    5.0 out of 5 stars On the gripping hand JR's Moties are a delight.
    On the one hand Niven/Jerry ought to have written more Motie stuff years earlier. On the other hand would they come from this angle? On the gripping hand JR's Moties are a delight.
    Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
    1.0 out of 5 stars Blame on the publisher...
    I see why JR Pournelle might have felt the need to proof a point or two. As an anthropologist she would notice the lack of consideration given to outie society in the previous... Read more
    Published 13 months ago by Robert Raymond
    3.0 out of 5 stars different writing style, different narrative values
    Inevitable that a third writer should be brought in to continue this awe-inspiring series, and a relative to boot! Read more
    Published 16 months ago by F. M. Havicon
    4.0 out of 5 stars sequel to motie series
    Not to be read unless you have read the entire series. Too complicated otherwise. Not as good as rest of series but shows promise for future extensions
    Published 16 months ago by ian
    1.0 out of 5 stars Dont spoil the Motie experience with this.
    This book is nothing like the real books of the mote series. Terrible writing and very poor plot. Should not have been licensed.
    Published 17 months ago by Douglas Barthram
    4.0 out of 5 stars Unusuall yintelligent if imperfect SF
    This is an odd book in that its weak points are so obvious and universal, but its strengths won't appeal to every SF reader. Read more
    Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
    2.0 out of 5 stars One to miss
    I was expecting to be enthralled by a continuation of the Mote saga, unfortunately that did not happen. Read more
    Published 18 months ago by Pete
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