The Gripping Hand

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 1, 1994 - Fiction - 432 pages
104 Reviews
Robert Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read." The San Francisco Chronicle declared that "as science fiction, The Mote in God's Eye is one of the most important novels ever published." Now Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award winning authors of such bestsellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered-- a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function. Master, Mediator, Engineer. Warrior. Each supremely adapted to its task, yet doomed by millions of years of evolution to an inescapable fate. For the Moties must breed-- or die. And now the fragile wall separating them and the galaxy beyond is beginning to crumble.
  

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And the ending felt rushed and sloppy. - Goodreads
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Review: The Gripping Hand (Moties #2)

User Review  - Lukas R - Goodreads

The Mote in God's Eye while I though flawed in it's speed and storytelling was rather original so, despite the dismal reviews, I continued on in the series. The Gripping Hand has more of exactly the ... Read full review

Review: The Gripping Hand (Moties #2)

User Review  - Wesley Tamkin - Goodreads

It was a great book but being a sequel it didn't have the hooks that the mote in God's eye had. It also lacked the same military interest. If you read the first, read this one to; it is good but on its own not a epic to last the ages. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
26
Section 3
36
Section 4
46
Section 5
57
Section 6
71
Section 7
86
Section 8
97
Section 12
171
Section 13
192
Section 14
222
Section 15
253
Section 16
275
Section 17
307
Section 18
337
Section 19
364

Section 9
124
Section 10
145
Section 11
156
Section 20
381
Section 21
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Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Larry Niven, a Hugo and Nebula Award winner is also the author of the Ringworld series and many other novels. Dr. Pournelle is the Chairman of the Citizen' Advisory Council on National Space Policy and is the author of numerous science fiction and fact works.

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