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MOTE IN GODS EYE Paperback – 2 Oct 1986

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (2 Oct. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671640747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671640743
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,392,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frank Herbert

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



Robert Heinlein

Possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read.



Theodore Sturgeon

One of the most engrossing tales I've read in years...fascinating.



"San Francisco Chronicle"

As science fiction, one of the most important novels ever published.



"Minneapolis Tribune"

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



"Columbus Dispatch"

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



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

Robert Heinlein Possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read.

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

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

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

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

Robert HeinleinPossibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read.

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

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

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

Theodore SturgeonOne of the most engrossing tales I've read in years...fascinating.

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

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

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

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.

From the Back Cover

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I moved onto this book on a recommendation from a friend. I enjoy quite plausible science fiction (like the Sci-fi in The right shorts for lunch (short stories) to 'pew pew lasers' type science fiction romps and this taste is answered effectively by 'The Mote in the God's eye'.

As with a lot of sci-fi this book takes a long time to gain momentum, but there's a lot of back story to bring the reader up to date on. The basis of the story is set around 1000 years from now, man has populated a fairly large chunk of the Universe but is yet to find other non-human civilisations. A situation that is about to change in ways that at first appear quite subtle.

I think this book possible appears to date itself in some of the ways social attitudes are expressed, although I think that may be a deliberate comment on opinions and beliefs are often incompatible with the reality of an intellectually and (allegedly) sociologically developing humanity.

The type of 'payoff' this book offers the reader is something that I have not experienced in other sci-fi. It was quite refreshing and helped turn what at first felt like quite a turgid slog of a book into one that I will likely re-read at some point in the not too distant future.

In summary The Mote in the God's eye was a bit of a slog, but worth the effort. I'm now half-way through reading the sequel The Gripping Hand (The Mote Series) which should stand as an indicator of how I really felt about this book.
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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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I loved this book. It's a great take on first contact. It's a topic that fascinates me, and one that is often tackled by science fiction authors, and this book is a fascinating read. It touches on details that I hadn't thought of in this situation.

The book is formed from two parts. The first is the initial contact with the aliens and the expedition to initiate first contact. This was my favourite part of the book. The aliens are well realised, with just enough commonality to allow the reader to relate to them, but with sufficient differences to make them feel alien. To be honest, I would have been happy to read more about this process.

Naturally the aliens have a secret, one that threatens any possible deal with humanity. This leads into the second part of the book with the political fallout and dealings within the human empire. While this didn't interest me as much as discovering the aliens, it did raise some interesting points and does set it up nicely for the next book.

It does have it's flaws though. The core story is fine, but some of the components don't match up. The characterisation is limited in many cases with most just filling their roles for the plot. Don't let that put you off though, this is a gem of a read.
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I read this book years ago and it still surprised me, I won't bother with the plot but I found the twists and characters believable and full of genuine suspense. Intriguing look at first contact, dated in some parts due to today's fast moving technology but still a riveting read and reminds me why I bought so many Larry Niven novels over the years.
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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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A good sci-fi but not as great as I expected. It's interesting, well written, has good exploration of the ideas of the universe and their consequences, but I wouldn't say it's THE BEST sci-fi novel I've ever read. Well worth reading, but doesn't quite live up to what I thought it might be from what I'd heard about it.
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Not read this for many years. It was great to read it again, recognising the characters and enjoying the storylines.
The only caveat I'd say is over the writing of the human gender roles, perhaps things have moved on a bit since then - though it might have been necessary to emphasis the description of these in order to explore the differences in the alien gender roles.....
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