The Mote in God's Eye Author:Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle Writing separately, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle are responsible for a number of science fiction classics, such as the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Ringworld, Debt of Honor, and The Integral Trees. Together they have written the critically acclaimed bestsellers Inferno, Footfall, and The Legacy of Heorot, among others. The Mote in God?s Eyes... more » is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel in mankind?s first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre.« 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.