The Mote in God’s Eye, Niven & Pournelle, 1974



One of our imperial ships finds an alien civilization, the Moties, on the edge of explored space. It seems the two species can benefit from sharing their knowledge and colonizing amongst each other. But our first contact team feels the Moties have a chequered past that they aren’t telling us about.


0:30 Plot summary

18:45 Review (some spoilers)


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2 Responses to The Mote in God’s Eye, Niven & Pournelle, 1974

  1. John G. says:

    Footfall came out about 10 years after the Mote in God’s Eye. When you talked about it in the Podcast that wasn’t really clear. I’m surprised you didn’t give Mote a 4 or a 5. It’s a big novel but unlike some of today’s bloated novels, I didn’t really see what could have been cut. Here’s a link to my review of the novel.

    • heyglenns says:

      Hi John. When I launched this, I swore that I would stick to a simple 5-point scale, but books like this make me wish I had a finer heating system. While 3 stars is subjective, what made me nudge it downward was the immensity (I favor smaller stories that can pack a big punch) and the newness of the book compared to classic SF. Those are undeniably weightings I have personally pushed onto the book, which is why I like links to reviews like yours. No single review gives a balanced sense of a book, you must read several to form an assessment about it.

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