The Mote in God's Eye

Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
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There's Better Hard SF Out There


A recent conversation in the Couch household:

"So, um, I'm reading this book..."

"As usual."

"It's about these far future humans who encounter unknown aliens in another system."

"As usual."

"So, these aliens... they're kind of like humans, except they're asymmetrical."

"That's weird."

"Well, because they evolved outside of gravity or something like that, but anyway..."


"Well, yeah, but anyway, these aliens... they have a caste system..."

"A caste system? Shit... even in space."




"Are the darker ones at the bottom?"


"Hijole. They're not going to make this into a movie are they?" (He thinks everything I read is going to be made into a movie.)

"Oh, no! Oh god no. At least, I hope not... But I didn't even tell you the worst part."


"The, er, bottom castes are BasicallyBlueCollarWorkersWhoDoTheHardDirtyConstruction JobsAndThey'reCalledBrowniesAndTheyCallTheWhitesAboveThemMasters."

*eye blinks*

"It was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards."

"Puta madre. Those are some crappy awards, then."