The Mote In God's Eye: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle The Mote In God's Eye: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle The Mote In God's Eye: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

The Mote In God's Eye

Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

ISBN 10: 0671218336 / ISBN 13: 9780671218331
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 1974
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Edgewear and slight chipping to top and bottom of spine. Slight fading to top of boards. Slight spine tilt, dusty top text block. Bright dust jacket with no fading. $9.95 price present at bottom of front flap. With typo 'spared' on page 465. Bookseller Inventory # 001632

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Title: The Mote In God's Eye

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine +

Edition: First Edition

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Writing separately, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle are responsible for a number of science fiction classics, such as the Hugo and Nebula Award-winningRingworld, Debt of Honor, and The Integral Trees. Together they have written the critically acclaimed bestsellersInferno, 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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In the year 3016, the Second Empire of Man spans hundreds of star systems, thanks to the faster-than-light Alderson Drive. No other intelligent beings have ever been encountered, not until a light sail probe enters a human system carrying a dead alien. The probe is traced to the Mote, an isolated star in a thick dust cloud, and an expedition is dispatched.

In the Mote the humans find an ancient civilization--at least one million years old--that has always been bottled up in their cloistered solar system for lack of a star drive. The Moties are welcoming and kind, yet rather evasive about certain aspects of their society. It seems the Moties have a dark problem, one they've been unable to solve in over a million years.

This is the first collaboration between Niven and Pournelle, two masters of hard science fiction, and it combines Pournelle's interest in the military and sociology with Niven's talent for creating interesting, believable aliens. The novel meticulously examines every aspect of First Contact, from the Moties' biology, society, and art, to the effects of the meeting on humanity's economics, politics, and religions. And all the while suspense builds as we watch the humans struggle toward the truth. --Brooks Peck

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