The Mote in God’s Eye is an older book that I have often had recommended to me. I felt that it deserved a review based upon it’s place as a science fiction classic.
Nice and Pournell are both legends in the science fiction author community and for good reason. The Mote in God’s Eye is a foundational book for modern science fiction. As such there are times when The Mote in God’s Eye may feel a little dated to today’s reader. Even so it is a wonderfully put together piece of work.
The Mote in God’s Eye is essentially a first contact story that explores the dangers caused by the fundamental differences between humans and the aliens that they come into contact with. The story is engaging and the characters are interesting. The speculations concerning technology and the evolution of society are well thought out.
The writing is for the most part well done. I thought pacing was okay over all but toward the end of the book it slowed down which took away from the intensity of the story for me. I also had some issues with the point of view shifts, they were sometimes done from paragraph to paragraph without warning. This made some sections of the book disorienting to read.
I enjoyed The Mote in God’s Eye despite its few flaws. It was a fun read in and of itself but it was also great to be able to read a book that is so foundational to the science fiction genre. I would recommend The Mote in God’s Eye to all fans of science fiction.
Content warning; mild profanity and mild reproductive themes presented in a scientific light throughout The Mote in God’s Eye.
I give The Mote in God’s Eye 3.9 out of 5 stars.