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The Mote in God's Eye (Mote Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

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 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

"Possibly the greatest science fiction novel I have ever read."
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

"A spellbinder, a swashbuckler…And, best of all, it has a brilliant new approach to that fascinating problem -- first contact with aliens."
- Frank Herbert

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

"Intriguing and suspenseful…the scenes in which the humans and aliens examine one another are unforgettable."
- Minneapolis Tribune

“Nobody does it better than Niven and Pournelle”
- Tom Clancy

“The team of Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven is one of the best in science fiction.”
- The Washington Times

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

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"Minneapolis Tribune"Intriguing and suspenseful...the scenes in which the humans and aliens examine one another are unforgettable.

About the Author

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 947 KB
  • Print Length: 596 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YDL2CY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,566 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The mote in god's eye 29 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked this book very much, for many reasons:

- it is REALLY interesting and I couldn't stop reading it

- the alien civilization (Moties) is really alien and very different from ours and as consequence the "First Contact" is a moment of great mutual shock for both parties

- the story mixes the right amount of hard science with author's fantasy and of tragedy with humor

- there is no usual human bashing and inferiority complex ("oh no, we are savages and they are so civilized, how can the aliens like us?") to the contrary, both humans and aliens have their dark and shameful secrets

- there is no usual division between bad politicians/soldiers and good scientists/journalists - here the politicians and soldiers are at least as clever and as reasonable as scientists (and sometimes more); I also really appreciated the fact that a great deal of conversations were about future trade between species

- a particularly strong point is the presence of a Christian priest between humans and his important participation in the "First Contact" (a very welcome change from the usual Christian and Church bashing in SF)

- the hint of the past history of humanity since XX century until the "First Contact" is extremely funny and the synthesis between USA and Soviet Union in a common monarchy is totally irresistible..)))

- the ending of the book is very clever and very different from what one could expect after reading most of other (and lesser) SF books on "First Contact"

In conclusion, I warmly encourage you to discover this great classic of Science Fiction - it is worth it! One advice to finish - read it ATTENTIVELY as every detail has its importance and what happens in the first 100 pages will take a very great significance in the last 50...
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully complete vision of an alien culture 13 May 2011
By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is another addition to the shelf of truly excellent "first contact" scifi. It has good characters, mysterious clues that add up in a later climax that is entirely unforeseeable, and aliens that are fascinating and brilliantly conceived.

This is very fun because layers are continually peeled away as the story of learning to communicate progresses. The alien culture is organized in an entirely different way than human culture, with recognizable patterns that reflect their biology and history. It is so well articulated - and so utterly strange yet believable - that it makes for great scifi. What appears at first to be a highly advanced though mysterious civilization is revealed to be far more than it appears and yet far less as well. The element of chance also plays a role in the outcome, which could have been very different had not uncontrolled "contamination" not occured. "If only the first one you met had not been a brown," one of its leaders laments at the end.

I do not want to play the spoiler here and explain things. The excitment of discovery as events unfold, leaving more questoins at the end than answers is truly great fun if the reader likes to have his/her mind soar with the ultimate concepts of scifi in racial/species destiny, free will, and inter-stellar diplomacy. As it ends, I felt such a sense of wonder and threat, mind-bending in the way that only great scifi can be.

Warmly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who watches the Watchmakers? 12 Sept. 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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Terrific story...if you REALLY want to know how to re-use and recycle, talk to a "Motie". Um. If you can. There are so many "digs" against what this modern human world has become, and yet we still will not listen to these prophetic writers. The "Moties" are so warlike when their "blood is up", they will not listen to reason, the only way to stop them is to "Line them up against the wall, and shoot the um...fellows". Remind you of a certain war against terrorists in the world, anyone? Excellent read. The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye (the sequel), is also very good, but a bit frenetic...which may also be prophetic...we will have to wait and see...
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