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Larry Niven , Jerry Pournelle , L. J. Ganser
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30 Oct 2012
Writing separately, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle are responsible for a number of science fiction classics, such as the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning "Ringworld", "Debt of Honor", and "The Integral Trees". Together they have written the critically acclaimed bestsellers "Inferno", "Footfall", and "The Legacy of Heorot", among others. "The Mote In God's Eye" is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre.
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  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (30 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455884413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455884414
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 13.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,381,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Minneapolis Tribune"Intriguing and suspenseful...the scenes in which the humans and aliens examine one another are unforgettable. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Larry Niven trained as a mathematician. On turning his hand to writing he met with immediate success. He has since won three Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award with novels such as the classic 'Ringworld' (which won both awards) and 'Tales of Known Space'. He and his wife live in Los Angeles. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The mote in god's eye 29 Jan 2013
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The mote in god's eye:
The transcription from the paper book to the e-book was botched.
It is saturated with errors that could have been avoided by the use of a spell checker.
And it is not just the spelling; there is a sprinkling of non-ascii characters like @, {, ~, #, $, ^, and so on.
The Scottish accent is also badly rendered.
The story, in its original form, is excellent, but the errors disrupt the reading flow. What a shame.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly stunning piece of literature 2 May 2000
Anyone wanting an introduction to science fiction or a hard core reader of the subject, this is probably one of the most intriguing and well thought out novels I have ever read. I can only compare it to Asimov's Foundation series for the ability to hold the reader. Niven and Pournelle are modern day literary giants.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who watches the Watchmakers? 12 Sep 2011
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I first read this great novel some 20 years ago, and wanted to read it again, before tackling the sequel, "The Gripping Hand".
As always, I was curious to find out what the earlier me had found so fascinating, and so began reading with some trepidation.
I needn't have worried, however - it is still the greatest "First Contact" novel of all time, full of action, drama and scientific detail in equal measure, so innovative that it will constantly surprise even the most jaded "Speculative Fiction" palate. Why shouldn't ETs have population, social and environmental issues to deal with?
I've read many N + P novels and their obvious views on nuclear power and environmentalism are often at odds with my own; they seem to believe that nuclear fission will produce a glowing future and I fear that they are right. That said, the authors' decision to revisit their earlier successes (this, "The Burning Tower", "Escape from Hell"; what about the guys from "Lucifer's Hammer"? How are they making out?) is the right one.
A cracking good read, which fizzes along like a firework but with an infinitely more satisfying explosive pay-off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome read 26 Jun 2014
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one of the top sci fi books ever written an awesome read by any standard keeps you interested right until the end a true masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mote In God's Eye - Review 13 Jun 2014
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I have read this novel several times in the past. It is simply the best science fiction work I have ever come across.
Recently I discovered the senior librarian at my local town library is a science fiction addict and she had never heard of this title, so I bought it as a gift for her to enjoy. No report yet!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Books for the kindle - great 2 Jun 2014
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This is a book my husband had been looking for but was unable to find, the purchase was smooth and the seller helpful. It was on my kindle before I had finished the transaction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 7 May 2014
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Fantastic characters. Great universe. Brilliant idea. Cool aliens. Gripping plot. One of my favorite all-time reads. A very memorable story.
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Coming a few years after Larry Niven had exhausted himself writing the same story over and over again about his Known Space continuum, this collaboration does borrow fairly heavily from themes and notions previously popularised, but defines a new and distinctly different iniverse to the one we all got so used to. He does go into way too much detail, far more than a novel of this nature really requires --- the human race is some kind of super-whip mix of every culture and civilisation that's around today, making titles and ranks a cumbersome mess of royal highnesses, excellencies, petty midshipmen, etc etc. That does tend to detract from one's enjoyment of this book in the early stages, and its actually quite a way through before we even first hear about the alien probe launched from the Motie system. We don't need an entire thousand years of history about the human race to understand what this novel is actually about.

What is is about is mankind's hardwired paranoia about aliens. While it manages to further expand itself with long detailed accounts of exploration and a look into a complex social structure among the Moties, what it eventually boils down to is human xenophobia, and the insane decisions and conequences that leads to.

It's more a fact than ever that science fiction reflects the age in which it was written rather than the time in which it is set, and when you consider the state of the world in the mid to late 1970s, it all begins to make sense.

They've managed to get technology sorted out a little better here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alien Characters
A book full of good ideas and uncomfortable questions about ourselves, but the human characters lack definition and development, making it ultimately unsatisfying for this reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A copy at last!
This is a book I read many years ago and I have been looking for a copy for some time. I can't say what I think now because I have a few other books 'on the go' so I haven't read... Read more
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An amazing plot and so well written. I could not put it down. I'm definitely going to read the next book now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why did I not read this before?
Excellent read - an original sci-fi, with food for thought! You can see where so many amazing sci-fi books/tv series etc. got their ideas from - an original.
Published 11 months ago by Karen J. Silman
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative
I have had this book since it was published, and I love it better than "City and the Stars" , "Dune", "Ringworld". Read more
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