The mote in God's eye

Paperback, 560 pages

English language

Published Nov. 11, 1975 by Pocket Books.

ISBN:
978-0-671-49175-8
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OCLC Number:
15003365

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4 stars (105 reviews)

Science fiction classic about the rise, fall and subsequent rise of a civilization where the peak catastrophe is known as the "crazy eddy point". Introduces the concept of frictionless toilets that don't have any water in them but I suspect the authors didn't think it all the way through - I don't recall a negative air pressure that would keep odours in their rightfull place. Nevertheless a fascinating read. I haven't read this for donkeys years which is why I'm searching for an e-copy.

27 editions

Simply fantastic

5 stars

The authors did a great job on this one.

The setting in this is superb. It starts out with a chronology of events that immediately made this world really interesting to me. I loved it all the way. Characters are good.

Having watched quite a bit of Star Trek old TV shows really helped me picture a bunch of the things and dialogues in this. It made it really enjoyable.

The Moties are one of the most interesting species I've seen, even if I couldn't take it seriously as a name, its just too cute, which I guess makes sense. Their discovery and their history is quite interesting too, so many what ifs.

It is not the most action packed or the most intense book overall, but it has its moments of great suspense and thrill. I found it quite realistic and the plot developed really well, and the way …

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1 star

While the premise and conceit of the book is interesting in a mid-70s sci-fi way, it is absolutely ruined by racist, sexist and xenophobic themes. Which I cannot believe is not a more discussed aspect of this book.

The entire Navy is populated only with young, white, straight men. Old people are too frail. Women aren't in the military. Any person of any non-white color flat out just don't appear in the book at all. All of them are of European descent. All of them, somehow a thousand years in the future, practice the same version of Christianity as we know it today.

There is one woman human character. One. And she is only on the ship by accident. Any reference to her nudity (not even sex, just normal nudity) is through a weird chaste lens of embarrassment. And, as a real kicker, "rape" is used as casual replacement for …

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1 star

Bland characters and bad writing make Mote a tough read. After fighting my way halfway through I decided reading a synopsis would be enough.

What annoyed me most are the human characters. All of them. They are just a collection of stereotypes without any depth. Having them live in a society that is basically Europe in the Victorian age in space doesn't help. I feel you could tell the same story on earth with sailing ships.

Their actions, when dealing with an alien species, are laughable and painful to read. You can just watch a bunch of clueless buffoons fumble their way through first contact.

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4 stars

I have looked for and wanted to read this book ever since reading about it in an introduction to one of Niven's short story books. He mentioned it as one of his favorite books he'd written, which seemed to me to be a pretty good endorsement. So when I was once again scanning the shelves as I was browsing a bookstore, I was excited to see it - one battered old copy - sitting up there on the Powell's shelf. I snatched it, and soon thereafter read it on a trip to the east coast.



As expected, the book was excellent. A wonderful collaboration between [a:Jerry Pournelle|39099|Jerry Pournelle|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1216417671p2/39099.jpg] and [a:Larry Niven|12534|Larry Niven|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1182720933p2/12534.jpg], it is everything good sci-fi should be: clever, suspenseful, insightful. The moties serve as both a foil for ourselves, and a backdrop to test what we as a society will do in extreme situations. It's also full of …

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4 stars

I have looked for and wanted to read this book ever since reading about it in an introduction to one of Niven's short story books. He mentioned it as one of his favorite books he'd written, which seemed to me to be a pretty good endorsement. So when I was once again scanning the shelves as I was browsing a bookstore, I was excited to see it - one battered old copy - sitting up there on the Powell's shelf. I snatched it, and soon thereafter read it on a trip to the east coast.



As expected, the book was excellent. A wonderful collaboration between [a:Jerry Pournelle|39099|Jerry Pournelle|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1216417671p2/39099.jpg] and [a:Larry Niven|12534|Larry Niven|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1182720933p2/12534.jpg], it is everything good sci-fi should be: clever, suspenseful, insightful. The moties serve as both a foil for ourselves, and a backdrop to test what we as a society will do in extreme situations. It's also full of …

Review of "The Mote in God's Eye" on Goodreads

4 stars

I have looked for and wanted to read this book ever since reading about it in an introduction to one of Niven's short story books. He mentioned it as one of his favorite books he'd written, which seemed to me to be a pretty good endorsement. So when I was once again scanning the shelves as I was browsing a bookstore, I was excited to see it - one battered old copy - sitting up there on the Powell's shelf. I snatched it, and soon thereafter read it on a trip to the east coast.



As expected, the book was excellent. A wonderful collaboration between [a:Jerry Pournelle|39099|Jerry Pournelle|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1216417671p2/39099.jpg] and [a:Larry Niven|12534|Larry Niven|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1182720933p2/12534.jpg], it is everything good sci-fi should be: clever, suspenseful, insightful. The moties serve as both a foil for ourselves, and a backdrop to test what we as a society will do in extreme situations. It's also full of …

Review of "Mote in God's Eye" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This book is considered a science fiction classic, but somehow I'd never read it; now corrected! It was written in 1972 but didn't feel particularly dated. I found it a bit slow going at times; the middle really grabbed me but the start and end were a bit dense. However, it was still a brilliantly told imagining of humanity's future first contact with a very alien race. It's told mainly from the perspective of the humans, but with intervals where you get to see what the aliens are thinking also.

I felt as if the authors had really questioned every single aspect of the meeting, and as a result nothing was just assumed, or stereotyped, and the difficult decisions faced by both races were addressed face on and in very realistic detail. Some of the choices the authors made interested me too - why for example did they decide that …

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