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Thirty years ago the Empire of humans found, investigated and decided to use a blockade of space ships to prevent the spread of an alien culture called the Moties, who inhabited a single star system and were only just discovering faster-than-light travel. This was the subject of the novel "The Mote in God's Eye" by the same authors.

Now because of a change in the stellar neighbourhood the Moties will be able to leave their home system and spread across the galaxy, which will be bad for mankind because they combine great ingenuity with rapid and unstoppable population increase. Horace Bury, a wealthy trader, and his pilot Kevin renner (who is actually a serving member of the Imperial Space Navy) have spent the last thirty years travelling the Empire checking that no Moties have escaped; now they return to the Motie system to try to prevent the expected breakout. Their only real weapon is a symbiotic worm which can stop the continuous cycle of population increase that has caused so many problems.

Immediately they enter the Motie system they are taken prisoner. Their plans have to be revised to find a solution that will be acceptable to both the Empire and the Moties.
The review of this Book prepared by Alan Tompkins








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% 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

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Terrain    -   Space, need spacesuit A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society 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 How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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