Mote in God's Eye
Synopsis 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
Synopsis Bestselling author Anne McCaffrey's astonishing world
of the Dragonriders of Pern has captured the hearts and minds of over 4
million science fiction readers. Now, new fans and old can relive the magic
of the first three Dragonriders books--all in one omnibus edition.
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