Saturday, February 10, 2018

Recently Read

The Mote in God's Eye by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven

A classic military science fiction and first contact novel. I've read it at least three times and have enjoyed it each and every time. The Empire of Man makes contact with an alien species for the first time and must decide whether they present a threat to humanity. If you haven't read it, you should. It has held up well over the years. As collaborators Pournelle and Niven are my second favorite writers. Heinlein, of course, comes in first.


Jeffersonian said...

Sequel, The Gripping Hand, which phrase is entering popular speech - I think Sarah Hoyt has used it in some of her columns.

kahr40 said...

Yeah, not quite as good as the original but still good. There is also a sequel written by Pournelle's daughter called Outies. I have it but haven't gotten to it yet and so can't comment on the quality.

Veeshir said...

Outies is okay. Worth a Kindle read.