The Mote in God's Eye Book Summary and Study Guide

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The Mote In God's eye is about humanity's first encounter with an alien race; the Moties. As the two races explore each other, the human ambassadors begin to suspect that that the moties are hiding something. As Captain Roderick Blaine deals with his own problems, ranging from the paranoia of his superior, Admiral Kutuzov, to an unexpected infestation, the Moties also have their own problems to deal with; namely that the humans not discover the secret that could spell the destruction of the entire human race.
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The review of this Book prepared by Mitchell Simonsen

In distant future humanity encounters a mysterious alien race.   The aliens are hiding something and when it is discovered what they are hiding they fight to keep their secret hidden.
The review of this Book prepared by Eduard Gaskin

This story is set at the 31st century, when the human race running a vast interstellar empire. The book is about the first contact with the amazing aliens called "moties": but do they really are as harmless as they look and claim to be?
The review of this Book prepared by Dimitri Melamoud

In the far future, mankind has just encountered their first ever aliens. Roderick Blaine captains the mission to make first contact, and must balance between scientific and military goals, while searching for the truth about the aliens - the Moties, as they're called. And the Moties are definitely hiding something...but what?
The review of this Book prepared by Ivy

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 25%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 35% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   generally friendly contact with alien(s) Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes

Main Character

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


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human warship    -   alien spaceship A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   primitive aliens    -   big overbuilt futuristic city    -   very controlled society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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