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The sequel to The Mote in God's Eye, The Gripping Hand takes place 25 years later. Horace Bury and Kevin Renner uncover evidence that the Moties, who have been blockaded in their own solar system, might soon have a way to break out. Fortunately, a "cure" for the Motie breeding problems might make that irrelavent. When humans arrive in the Mote system, they find a fractured society full of factions vying for supremacy.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City    -   Asteroid Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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