The Mote in God's Eye

For some reason I always find Larry Niven much better with Jerry Pournelle than without Inferno Lucifer s Hammer and Footfall are all winners they have collaborated on quite a few other titles but

For some reason I always find Larry Niven much better with Jerry Pournelle than without; Inferno, Lucifer's Hammer and Footfall are all winners (they have collaborated on quite a few other titles, but I have not read them yet). The Mote in God's Eyeis generally considered to be their partnership’s best book (have a look at Larry Niven’s Goodreads page).I believe the blurb by Robert A. Heinlein that appears on many editions of the book’s cover* has been around since its first publication in 1974; and it has undoubtedly helped to shift thousands of copies (mine included). I guess it is a little like if you were a guitarist and Jimmi Hendrix tells people you can shred like a demented mofo. Who can resist that kind of recommendation? Is it just hyperbole, though? Is The Mote in God's Eye worthy of the accolade?Yes, it is. This is a first contact story rendered very believable and engrossing by the authors’ skills and attention to details. The “Moties” are one of the most well-conceived alien races I have ever come across. An earlier example of very alien aliens (aliens so alien they alienate me). Although they are very alien, very strange, they are imbued with enough human character traits to be understandable. Of course, completely inscrutable aliens are fun but the more understandable aliens can be more emotionally invested in. I love the concept of "specialized subspecies" of the Moties, there are several variations in their species evolved for specialized tasks, such as technicians, warriors, mediators etc.A Motie "Warrior", art by yoggurt.As the novel was written in the 70s its age inevitably shows in places. There are terms like “hyperspace” and “pocket computer” that we do not see in modern sci-fi. Today’s authors tend to invent new words for “hyperspace” and “pocket computer” sounds very quaint as they are now commonplace in the form of smartphones and tablets. These few terms notwithstanding I would argue that The Mote in God's Eye stands the test of time very well. The alien’s design and their extreme specialization are just as wonderfully “SF-nal” on this reread as it was when I first read about it decades ago.I have no idea who write what in the Niven / Pournelle partnership but they clearly work very well together, there is a unified voice in their highly readable prose style. The characters are better than just flat plot devices, though the book is clearly more about the plot than the characters. Both authors are excel at writing hard science fiction and the science details make the story that much more vivid and believable without ever bogging the book down with excessive infodumping. The “dramatis personae” at the beginning of the book kindly provided by the authors to help the readers keep track of a fairly large cast of characters is an interesting feature. However, the book is written so well that I never found it necessary to refer to it at any time.The central and very human theme of this book seems to be how difficult it is for different races to coexist peacefully when there is a conflict of interest and when negotiations are hampered by deceptions. The issue is not entirely resolved in this book but leaves a lot of room for the readers to speculate and draw their own conclusions. There is a less well-received sequel called The Gripping Hand which I am not sure I will read as I am more than satisfied with this book’s ending.One of the all-time greats IMO.__________________________________* Heinlein’s blurb reads “possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read”.Good The Mote in God's Eye Creat Larry Niven Jerry Pournelle is a Books In 3016, the 2nd Empire of Man spans hundreds of star systems, thanks to faster than light Alderson Drive Intelligent beings are finally found from the Mote, an isolated star in a thick dust cloud The bottled up ancient civilization, at least one million years old, are welcoming, kind, yet evasive, with a dark problem they have not solved in over a million years.. Laurence van Cott Niven s best known work is Ringworld Ringworld, 1 1970 , which received the Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics The creation of thoroughly worked out alien species, which are very different from humans both physically and mentally, is recognized as one of Niven s main strengths.Niven also often includes elements of detective fiction and adventure stories His fantasy includes The Magic Goes Away series, which utilizes an exhaustible resource, called Mana, to make the magic a non renewable resource Niven created an alien species, the Kzin, which were featured in a series of twelve collection books, the Man Kzin Wars He co authored a number of novels with Jerry Pournelle In fact, much of his writing since the 1970s has been in collaboration, particularly with Pournelle, Steven Barnes, Brenda Cooper, or Edward M Lerner.He briefly attended the California Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics with a minor in psychology from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, in 1962 He did a year of graduate work in mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles He has since lived in Los Angeles suburbs, including Chatsworth and Tarzana, as a full time writer He married Marilyn Joyce Fuzzy Pink Wisowaty, herself a well known science fiction and Regency literature fan, on September 6, 1969.Niven won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story for Neutron Star in 1967 In 1972, for Inconstant Moon, and in 1975 for The Hole Man In 1976, he won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette for The Borderland of Sol.Niven has written scripts for various science fiction television shows, including the original Land of the Lost series and Star Trek The Animated Series, for which he adapted his early Kzin story The Soft Weapon He adapted his story Inconstant Moon for an episode of the television series The Outer Limits in 1996.He has also written for the DC Comics character Green Lantern including in his stories hard science fiction concepts such as universal entropy and the redshift effect, which are unusual in comic bookscmillan author larryn. Popular Ebook The Mote in God's Eye This is very entertaining, interesting, intriguing, thought provoking, etc. Good science fiction. Robert A. Heinlein himself is quoted as saying something to the effect that this was the best science fiction novel he had ever read. I don’t know that I’d go that far, but this was very good. David Allen Coe claimed to have sang the perfect country and western song, and in that same regard, Niven and Pournellle may have collaborated to create the perfect science fiction novel, it contains all of the important elements: future, space travel, time travel, aliens, space ships, laser blasters, planetary colonies, etc. etc. Whoever created the 1980s film Gremlins may have read The Mote in God’s Eye and been inspired by the miniature Moties, or watchmakers. Called a masterpiece by many, and it may well be, but it is not without its flaws. There are inconsistencies, the language of the New Scotts and New Ruskies is superficial and distracting, and it is too long, some good editing may have shaved a hundred pages and strengthened the narrative.Still it is very good. The creation of the Motie alien race was masterful, full of brilliant and thoughtful attention to detail. Though the characterization is not an especially strong point, many characters are painfully one dimensional and static, the authors created a Nietzschean juggernaut in Admiral Kutusov, and he steals the show. ** 2017 reread - as good now as ever, a little dated, sexist yes, oddly aristocratic, but fun. MUST read for SF fans.
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  1. Laurence van Cott Niven s best known work is Ringworld Ringworld, 1 1970 , which received the Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics The creation of thoroughly worked out alien species, which are very different from humans both physically and mentally, is recognized as one of Niven s main strengths.Niven also often includes elements of detective fiction and adventure stories His fantasy includes The Magic Goes Away series, which utilizes an exhaustible resource, called Mana, to make the magic a non renewable resource Niven created an alien species, the Kzin, which were featured in a series of twelve collection books, the Man Kzin Wars He co authored a number of novels with Jerry Pournelle In fact, much of his writing since the 1970s has been in collaboration, particularly with Pournelle, Steven Barnes, Brenda Cooper, or Edward M Lerner.He briefly attended the California Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics with a minor in psychology from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, in 1962 He did a year of graduate work in mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles He has since lived in Los Angeles suburbs, including Chatsworth and Tarzana, as a full time writer He married Marilyn Joyce Fuzzy Pink Wisowaty, herself a well known science fiction and Regency literature fan, on September 6, 1969.Niven won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story for Neutron Star in 1967 In 1972, for Inconstant Moon, and in 1975 for The Hole Man In 1976, he won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette for The Borderland of Sol.Niven has written scripts for various science fiction television shows, including the original Land of the Lost series and Star Trek The Animated Series, for which he adapted his early Kzin story The Soft Weapon He adapted his story Inconstant Moon for an episode of the television series The Outer Limits in 1996.He has also written for the DC Comics character Green Lantern including in his stories hard science fiction concepts such as universal entropy and the redshift effect, which are unusual in comic bookscmillan author larryn

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  1. This is very entertaining, interesting, intriguing, thought provoking, etc Good science fiction Robert A Heinlein himself is quoted as saying something to the effect that this was the best science fiction novel he had ever read I don t know that I d go that far, but this was very good David Allen Coe claimed to have sang the perfect country and western song, and in that same regard, Niven and Pournellle may have collaborated to create the perfect science fiction novel, it contains all of the imp [...]


  2. For some reason I always find Larry Niven much better with Jerry Pournelle than without Inferno, Lucifer s Hammer and Footfall are all winners they have collaborated on quite a few other titles, but I have not read them yet The Mote in God s Eyeis generally considered to be their partnership s best book have a look at Larry Niven s page.I believe the blurb by Robert A Heinlein that appears on many editions of the book s cover has been around since its first publication in 1974 and it has undoubt [...]


  3. 9 10 Because of the Alderson Drive we need never consider the space between the stars Because we can shunt between stellar systems in zero time, our ships and ships drives need cover only interplanetary distances Any self respecting space opera must start by postulating first a method for overcoming the vast emptiness of the space between stars You can call it unobtainium or equipotential thermonuclear flux , but you need to overhaul known physics principles in order to move instantly from point [...]


  4. This book gave me a really bad vibe from the outset Maybe it was the captain s use of the word rape as an epithet Maybe it s the token female aristocrat whose sole job is so predictable from the very outset view spoiler to get rescued then fall in love with and have babies for the unlikeable leading man hide spoiler Maybe it s the incessant stupidity and naivety of the big players in the story throughout the course of its run We ll get into all of that during the course of this review I ll limit [...]


  5. Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle wrote a number of science fiction novels which I fondly remember The Legacy of Heorot tells the story of colonization and the perils of misunderstanding xenobiology Footfall is an exciting update on the War of the Worlds Lucifer s Hammer concerns the collapse of society in the face of a comet impact on Earth My major issue with Lucifer s Hammer, bloat, is a much bigger issue in highly regarded Mote in God s Eye.The bloat issue is gigantic here The first 150 pages [...]


  6. The Mote in God s Eye is probably the finest contemplation of a human alien first contact that I have ever read The story deals out a sizable cast of characters without seeming overwhelming Mote explores every issue from multiple perspectives, leaving no room for good vs evil simplifications despite that fact that some characters are not likable The core theme of the book that a superior alien intelligence is limited by its inability to tolerate ideas based in hope and imagination evolves slowly [...]


  7. This is a fantastic first contact novel I thoroughly enjoyed it The Moties were fascinating and much like their fellow human cast, I found my opinion of each of them changing as the story progressed There were many whom I loved at first and came to dislike, and vice versa All in all a wonderful set of characters to journey through the difficulties of first contact with.There are a lot of considerations when two intelligent species meet in space for the first time How much do you keep back How mu [...]


  8. Written in 1972, The Mote in God s Eye is the premier work by award winning authors Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, who also collaborated on the science fiction classics Footfall and Lucifer s Hammer Grand Master Robert A Heinlein called it possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read It easily makes my Top 10 Sci Fi Book List.The story is set in the year 3017 A.D The Second Interstellar Empire of man is in the process of forcefully reuniting many colonies long lost since the coll [...]


  9. What could have been a decent fist contact story is completely undercut by poor character writing, lazy sexism, lack of actual critical thinking about human society, and a science fiction plot twist that itself undercuts the book s lazy sexism The book has the pieces for what should be a decent science fiction story First contact with a reasonably interesting alien civilization Misunderstandings and realizations of the aliens along the way at a satisfying pace Some decent humor Some decent actio [...]


  10. Fairly interesting contact novel A yellow star in front of a red giant star in the Coal Sack Nebula resembles a hooded man with one eye, the giant red star being the eye and a yellow star in front of it is what gives the suggestion of the mote in the eye of said hooded head suggests a mote in god s eye , thus the name The race of beings from this system, the Moties represent a kind of threat humans haven t faced before.I read this some time read some years ago and still remember the idea strikin [...]


  11. Well, this was a fascinating book I can t imagine the thoroughness of invention in creating the Moties, and making sure the science of this book was as believable as could be with known science, especially at the time It s truly astonishing.I WILL say that I wasn t caught up in the book in a way that I couldn t stop turning pages I found it a bit hard to get through, the characters were not particularly engrossing PERSONALLY, but the plot and particularly world building were so deep and fascinat [...]


  12. A political novel about first contact with extra terrestrials27 November 2014 To me there seems to be something about these pre 1980 s science fiction novels that I am drawn towards reading Maybe it has something to do with being influenced by my Dad to read the Isaac Asimov novels, or likely it has something to do with my life long passion for science fiction However, the books written in my father s generation seem to have a lot character, and a lot insight, than much of the rubbish that se [...]


  13. Larry and Paul doesn t that sound like a sitcom couple I ve read a lot of Niven and Pournelle s collaborations over the years, and at the height of my Very White Space Opera phase i.e when I was a teenager with no taste and liked anything with spaceships and aliens in it Niven was one of my favorite authors.The Mote in God s Eye was their first collaboration, and never having read it before, I was expecting something like Footfall It kind of is, but of course it was written over twenty years ear [...]


  14. Like so many books I ve read, The Mote in G d s Eye was recommended to me by father, many years ago And, like many books I ve read, it s actually taken me years to read it I don t really know why I know I tried to read it once when I was younger, and it somehow didn t grab me Maybe I wasn t ready for it, or maybe I just wasn t in the right mood In any case, I ve been on of a sci fi kick lately, and Starladustess had equally good things to say about this one, so I finally knuckled under and read [...]


  15. Solid science fiction about first contact, set in a universe where humanity reached the stars, fractured, and has slowly knit itself back together under imperial aristocratic power This doesn t actually come through that much for much of the book, other than mentioning that one of the main characters will have a title one day And then at the end, we re thrust into imperial politics with little preparation it s interesting, but a bit jarring.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to [...]


  16. An excellent read raises a lot of interesting thoughts for me It s about contact with an alien civilization in a interesting setting than most Makes me think a lot about some of our civilizations Well worth reading a classic of science fiction.


  17. 4.0 to 4.5 stars One of the best first contact SF novels ever and certainly among the best from the duo of Niven and Pournelle Epic in scope and including one of the best descriptions of an alien society ever put to paper A true classic Highly recommended Nominee Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1975 Nominee Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1975 Nominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1975


  18. I should read space opera, especially when written by Niven and Pournelle The human Empire Russian in origin, which seemed odd considering in 1974 when first published, the USSR was Communist not Imperialist has first contact with aliens from a system referred to as The Mote Communication is key, but as expected, truth is the first casualty in diplomacy and war By the time I reached the end, having had bits of both sides of the story, I kept wishing and hoping if only the aliens had divulged th [...]


  19. I caught my friend Ryan reading some cheesy looking sci fi and thought maybe I should give the genre a try Outside of HG Wells, I haven t had much exposure since I was a teenager This story is well written, but ungodly slow Hell, I have the patience to read, but this one is mostly discussion and very little action The story hits a climax two thirds of the way through and then runs out of steam I give it three stars for being thought provoking.



  20. The Mote in God s Eye, co written by frequent collaborators Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, is a classic First Contact science fiction story which Robert A Heinlein called possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read The story takes place in 3017 AD in the future of Jerry Pournelle s CODOMINION universe though it s not necessary to have read any of those books to enjoy The Mote in God s Eye Humans have developed the Alderson Drive which allows them to immediately jump to certain p [...]


  21. A brilliant and gripping book One of the best jobs of creating a truly alien life form, culture and civilization, rather than the usual aliens who act just like human beings who happen to look different and then going on to let the human reader see events through those alien eyes, from their perspective The human characters are also well developed and the plot serves as a gripping mystery as well as an adventure story, and left me with a strong sense of empathy for the individuals of both civili [...]


  22. This is my favorite Science Fiction novel Number One It starts with a bang The level of writing is excellent When I re read it, I read almost everything If God s Eye doesn t hook you in the first few pages, you may be unhookable It has it all Space battles A central love story A surprising depth to the characters The prose is unusually nuanced for hard Science Fiction, and a joy to read.Larry and Jerry raised the bar for the First Contact SciFi novel, and as far as I can tell, no other novel has [...]


  23. This was a fun, old school first contact story It s got a good, interesting plot, with interesting aliens and problems Good use of both mystery and literary irony I especially like the ambiguous way it ended.The characterization didn t fully work for me there were several characters that I never managed to differentiate This might be an artifact of having read the audiobook version which sounds like it s read by Zapp Brannigan, which is hilarious.


  24. Every now and then I find an older book which slipped past me when it was first issued Not being a herd animal, I have a tendency to avoid all the popular stuff Which is to bad because sometimes I miss something important.The Mote In God s Eye is a fine example of a first contact novel It has everything human galactic civilization, space battles, heroic spacemen, counter plots, and very alien aliens There are plenty of characters and much of the action is told through multiple points of view The [...]


  25. Sffaudio is recording a discussion of this book on 10 1 with Julie Got the audio Hey, this could be exciting 13% Sounds vintage and cool through the iPhone speaker Very Star Trek, even with Scottish and Russian crewmen But what is the fascination with royalty in sff 18% Wow there s a lot of characters Moties kind of sound like Immotiles Peter Hamilton Pandora s Star Hmmst of charactersadherents lit bk_NivenCommander Jock Sandy Sinclair Scottish engineer Potter has an accent tooLady Sandra Lidde [...]


  26. This book really flowed along for me the beginning grabs you and the story doesn t let go I found all the characters to be interesting, even some who were almost caricatures, but I especially liked Renner and Hardy The Moties were painted quite sympathetically, but always with some doubt as to their intentions Interesting how each race human and Motie had trouble really grasping how alien the other race was I m looking forward to the sequel.My rating is 3 1 2 stars Why not The sexist themes wer [...]


  27. Although I feel this is a classic read, there was a lot of this book that could have been trimmed off It had a very slow start, things didn t really pickup until we started seeing some of the alien POV, and the characterization wasn t real deep.That being said, I am glad I stuck with it A solid 3 stars


  28. Wow, over 38,500 ratings One of the first books I bought after becoming a library director, and one of the few SFF I ve enjoyed rereading Ah, Moties Even recommended it to some library patrons who were not science fiction readers.


  29. La Paja en el Ojo de Dios , escrito a d o por Larry Niven y Jerry Pournelle, es todo un cl sico de la tem tica del Primer Contacto Publicada en 1974, la verdad es que no se ha quedado casi nada obsoleta, como suele pasar en estos casos, en que el mundo ha cambiado tanto de un tiempo a esta parte, que la especulaci n sobre ciertos temas, sobre todo en pol tica y tecnolog a, son abordados de manera equivocada.A o 3017 d.C La Humanidad ha colonizado cientos de mundos, pero todav a no se ha localiza [...]


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