[bksvol-discuss] Re: [bookshare-discuss] Next Meeting of the Science Fiction Club, Thursday, July 9, 2015

  • From: Lelia Struve <leliastruve@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: mentat1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:48:16 -0400

So, what's a Motie? Take a read of this book and you just might find out. but even if you don't read this book come on in Thursday and lets talk aliens and Science fiction. Check out Evans information below.

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Hello Folks,
Well, we had a smaller than usual turnout at our most recent meeting. Bad weather kept some of our regulars offline. But everyone who was able to make it liked our book, Ventus by Karl Schroeder. For our next book, we’ve selected a tale of first contact by one of the best author collaborations in SF history: We’ve chose The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.
The next meeting of the Science Fiction club will be on Thursday, July 9, 2015.
Place: Book Nook at:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rs7867a2369e0e <http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rs7867a2369e0e>
Time: 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central, 7 PM Mountain, 6 PM Pacific, and 01:00 UTC.
Our book, The Mote in God’s Eye is available from both BARD and Bookshare.
The Bookshare version is at:
https://www.bookshare.org/browse/book/29134 <https://www.bookshare.org/browse/book/29134>
and the link to the downloadable BARD version is at:
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/db.45438 <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/db.45438>
The NLS annotation reads as follows:
In the thirty-first century, humans make initial contact with another intelligent species. Though the aliens seem candid, they may be concealing their true and dangerously cunning nature.
Here is a review from Amazon’s page for Mote:
Amazon.com Review
In the year 3016, the Second Empire of Man spans hundreds of star systems, thanks
to the faster-than-light Alderson Drive. No other intelligent beings have ever been
encountered, not until a light sail probe enters a human system carrying a dead alien.
The probe is traced to the Mote, an isolated star in a thick dust cloud, and an expedition
is dispatched.
In the Mote the humans find an ancient civilization--at least one million years
old--that has always been bottled up in their cloistered solar system for lack of
a star drive. The Moties are welcoming and kind, yet rather evasive about certain
aspects of their society. It seems the Moties have a dark problem, one they've been
unable to solve in over a million years.
This is the first collaboration between Niven and Pournelle, two masters of hard
science fiction, and it combines Pournelle's interest in the military and sociology
with Niven's talent for creating interesting, believable aliens. The novel meticulously
examines every aspect of First Contact, from the Moties' biology, society, and art,
to the effects of the meeting on humanity's economics, politics, and religions. And
all the while suspense builds as we watch the humans struggle toward the truth.
--Brooks Peck
Come join us next month to talk about what many consider one of the best first contact novels ever written, and anything else SF literature related.


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