The Mote in God's Eye

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Simon and Schuster, 1974 - Fiction - 560 pages
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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.
 

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After 240 pages, my dearest hope was that Admiral Kutusov would decide that the mission had betrayed the secret of the Alderson Drive and blow all them, including the Moties, to elemental particles ... Read full review

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User Review  - JohnFair - LibraryThing

In terms of where this book falls it’s a mixture of Military Science Fiction and First Contact with a mission with a strong military component undertaking first contact mission, both for the Terran ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
25
Section 3
32
Section 4
74
Section 5
91
Section 6
104
Section 7
124
Section 8
139
Section 17
302
Section 18
319
Section 19
325
Section 20
333
Section 21
339
Section 22
353
Section 23
383
Section 24
407

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
287
Section 25
410
Section 26
443
Section 27
449
Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Larry Niven (left) is the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of such classics as Ringworld, The Integral Trees, and Destiny's Road. He has also collaborated with both Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes on The Legacy of Heorot, Beowulf's Children, and the bestselling Dream Park series. He lives in Chatsworth, California.
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle were the joint winners of the 2005 Robert A. Heinlein Award.

Jerry Pournelle (right), a past winner of the John W. Campbell Award, has collaborated with Niven on numerous bestsellers. He has also written such successful solo novels as Janissaries and Starswarm. He lives in Studio City, California.
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle were the joint winners of the 2005 Robert A. Heinlein Award.

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