The Mote in God's Eye - Moties, Bk 1 Author:Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven A Black hole in space. And piercing through, a beam of ruby light brighter than a hundred moons. Was it the eye of the face of God, or the blood-red sun of our first intergalactic visitors? — The delicate mission of the warship MACARTHUR -- to seek out and confront an extraterrestrial world where eerie, silent beings defy known biology ... where ... more »miniature creatures, idiots savants, are used as deadly weapons ... and where reassuring smiles hide a planetary secret of devastating universal impact.« less
This is a classic, must-read sci-fi novel. First contact does not get any better than this, and i have been reading science fiction for 40 years! the moties and the people who encounter them are interesting, the pace of the writing is excellent, and keeps you interested all the way til the end. Set in the somewhat distant future the story is plausible, to me at least. I first read it when it was new, and re-read it recently, and still does not disappoint.