History Literature / TheMoteInGodsEye

4th Jun '17 12:21:59 PM Pavlov
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* WithDueRespect: The ''correct'' way to contradict a Senator is to say "That turns out not to be the case."

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* WithDueRespect: The ''correct'' way to contradict a Senator VIP is to say "That turns out not to be the case."" Kevin Renner acknowledges the cleverness of what he ''should'' have done the first time it comes up, then uses it the second time to keep from causing an incident.
4th Jun '17 12:06:22 PM Pavlov
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* ColonyDrop: the Moties got this one covered by virtue of there being no fissionables left in their star system. Luckily, there were plenty of asteroids around, until they were moved further out in the system to prevent further use as bombardment tools.

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* ColonyDrop: the The Moties got this one covered by virtue of there being no fissionables left in their star system. Luckily, there were plenty Ancient excessive use of asteroids around, until they wiped out the species on the planet, which required recolonization. All the remaining asteroids and comets were moved further out in the system into circular orbits to prevent further use as bombardment tools.tools, a feat requiring staggering levels of fuel.
2nd Feb '17 7:30:55 PM Nohbody
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* ArcWords: "Come, I will conceal nothing from you". Renner (and Renner's fyunch(click!) make a point of complete candor... even though, perhaps because it puts other humans off-balance.

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* ArcWords: ArcWords:
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"Come, I will conceal nothing from you". Renner (and Renner's fyunch(click!) make a point of complete candor... even though, perhaps because it puts other humans off-balance.



* AristocratsAreEvil: Subverted in ''Mote'', in which [[TheGoodCaptain Captain Blaine]] is a nobleman (heir-apparent to a Marquis), and is a decent guy. WordOfGod is that ''Mote'' is set in a time when the Empire is in a dynamic, expansionist phase, with the aristocrats generally more concerned with duties than privileges. By the time of ''Hand'', there are references that may indicate that the reverse is gradually becoming true, and the Empire is starting to exhibit signs of decadence (at least on the capital world). Blaine himself is still a decent guy, though.
** The Motie Masters, on the other hand (sorry!), seem almost entirely motivated by self-interest.

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* AristocratsAreEvil: AristocratsAreEvil:
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Subverted in ''Mote'', in which [[TheGoodCaptain Captain Blaine]] is a nobleman (heir-apparent to a Marquis), and is a decent guy. WordOfGod is that ''Mote'' is set in a time when the Empire is in a dynamic, expansionist phase, with the aristocrats generally more concerned with duties than privileges. By the time of ''Hand'', there are references that may indicate that the reverse is gradually becoming true, and the Empire is starting to exhibit signs of decadence (at least on the capital world). Blaine himself is still a decent guy, though.
** The Motie Masters, on the other hand (sorry!), alternately, seem almost entirely motivated by self-interest.
11th Jan '17 7:02:34 PM Gillimer
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* ArcWords: "Come, I will conceal nothing from you". Renner (and Renner's fyunch(click!) make a point of complete candor... even when it puts other humans off-balance.

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* ArcWords: "Come, I will conceal nothing from you". Renner (and Renner's fyunch(click!) make a point of complete candor... even when though, perhaps because it puts other humans off-balance.off-balance.
** "I can't read your mind." Bury's fyunch(click!), continual trying to reassure him.. And achieving just the opposite.



** The Motie Masters, on the other hand (sorry!), seem almost entirely motivated by self-interest.



* ExplosiveBreeder: [[spoiler:Every species of Motie - except the Mediators and Keepers (Mediators are sterile physically-female mules; Keepers are sterile males)]]. It's at one point explicitly stated that the only method of contraception available for them is infanticide.

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* ExplosiveBreeder: [[spoiler:Every species of Motie - except the Mediators and Keepers (Mediators are sterile physically-female mules; Keepers are sterile sterilized males)]]. It's at one point explicitly stated that the only method of contraception available for them is infanticide.
9th Jan '17 12:56:09 PM Gillimer
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* ArcWords: "Come, I will conceal nothing from you". Renner (and Renner's fyunch(click!) make a point of complete candor... even when it puts other humans off-balance.
13th Dec '16 1:55:48 PM Xtifr
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''The Mote in God's Eye'', by Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle, is a science fiction novel that was first published in 1974. The story is set in the distant future of Pournelle's ''Literature/{{CoDominium}}'' universe, and charts the FirstContact between humankind and an alien species. The title of the novel is a wordplay on Luke 6:41-42 and Matthew 7:3-5. ''The Mote in God's Eye'' was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards in 1975.

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''The Mote in God's Eye'', by Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle, Creator/JerryPournelle, is a science fiction novel that was first published in 1974. The story is set in the distant future of Pournelle's ''Literature/{{CoDominium}}'' universe, and charts the FirstContact between humankind and an alien species. The title of the novel is a wordplay on Luke 6:41-42 and Matthew 7:3-5. ''The Mote in God's Eye'' was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards in 1975.
19th Nov '16 2:10:34 PM CaptainPedant
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* EmbarrassingFirstName: Horace Bury is not pleased with his first name, and devoted time, trouble and money to locating the Navy officer who suggested it to his father. Suffice it to say that the Navy officer does not enjoy the last laugh.
24th Jul '16 11:26:28 AM Nohbody
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* BizarreAlienPsychology: {{Inverted|Trope}}. Motie mediators assigned to human emissaries go mad trying to comprehend how they act.
** In particular, the Mediator assigned to Captain Blaine goes mad, unable to comprehend the chain of command, and how one being both gave and responded to orders.

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* BizarreAlienPsychology: {{Inverted|Trope}}. Motie mediators assigned to human emissaries go mad trying to comprehend how they act.
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act. In particular, one example involving a main character, the Mediator assigned to Captain Blaine goes mad, unable to comprehend the chain of command, and how one being both gave and responded to orders.



* CasualInterstellarTravel: Due to the Alderson Drive, it only takes the blink of an eye to travel between star systems. However, the trip is only possible along certain "[[HyperspaceLanes tramways]]" ending near a star, and ships spend days or weeks travelling interplanetary distances getting from one endpoint to the other, or to the target planet.

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* CasualInterstellarTravel: Due to the Alderson Drive, it only takes the blink of an eye to travel between star systems. However, the trip is only possible along certain "[[HyperspaceLanes tramways]]" ending near a star, and ships spend days or weeks travelling traveling interplanetary distances getting from one endpoint to the other, or to the target planet.



* DecadeDissonance: ''The Mote in God's Eye'' features the INSS ''Lenin'', a massive battleship with a reputation of being a nigh-invincible mobile DepopulationBomb (see immediately below). In the sequel, ''The Gripping Hand,'' 25 years later, the main character tools around in an aircraft described as if it was found and restored from the Alaskan bush.

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* DecadeDissonance: ''The Mote in God's Eye'' features the INSS ''Lenin'', a massive battleship with a reputation of being a nigh-invincible mobile DepopulationBomb (see immediately below).DepopulationBomb. In the sequel, ''The Gripping Hand,'' 25 years later, the main character tools around in an aircraft described as if it was found and restored from the Alaskan bush.



* ExplosiveBreeder: [[spoiler:Every species of Motie - except the Mediators and Keepers (Mediators are sterile physically-female mules; Keepers are sterile males)]].
** It's at one point explicitly stated that the only method of contraception available for [[spoiler: Moties]] is infanticide.

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* ExplosiveBreeder: [[spoiler:Every species of Motie - except the Mediators and Keepers (Mediators are sterile physically-female mules; Keepers are sterile males)]].
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males)]]. It's at one point explicitly stated that the only method of contraception available for [[spoiler: Moties]] them is infanticide.



--> '''Jack Cargill:''' Will you stop talking like that? You talk just like everyone else when you get angry!
--> '''Jock Sinclair:''' [[OohMeAccentsSlipping THAT'S A DAMNED LIE!]]

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--> '''Jack Cargill:''' Will you stop talking like that? You talk just like everyone else when you get angry!
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angry!\\
'''Jock Sinclair:''' [[OohMeAccentsSlipping THAT'S A DAMNED LIE!]]



* NuclearWeaponsTaboo:
** The Moties don't have nukes, though not by choice, as their system has run out of fissionables. Not to worry though, [[ColonyDrop they found something just as good as nukes.]]
** Subverted in the sequel, in that when several thermonuclear devices are used [[spoiler:by Bury, who brought them "just in case"]] in trying to contain the Moties who have recently gained a new means out of their system, they're quite shocked/impressed with its capabilities.
23rd Jun '16 2:54:30 AM MightySchoop
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** In particular, the Mediator assigned to Captain Blaine goes mad, unable to comprehend the chain of command, and how one being both gave and responded to orders.
5th Jun '16 9:15:07 PM Willbyr
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* BizarreAlienBiology: Moties have an asymmetrical anatomy, and their reproductive system differs greatly from most terran species. [[spoiler: All Moties of all types are born male. After a while, they change genders and become female (except the Keepers). If they don't get pregnant and give birth, they die. If they do get pregnant and give birth, they become male again. This cycle repeats - no one's quite sure how old a Motie can get if they keep with the cycle.]]

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* BizarreAlienBiology: Moties have an asymmetrical anatomy, and their reproductive system differs greatly from most terran Terran species. [[spoiler: All Moties of all types are born male. After a while, they change genders and become female (except the Keepers). If they don't get pregnant and give birth, they die. If they do get pregnant and give birth, they become male again. This cycle repeats - no one's quite sure how old a Motie can get if they keep with the cycle.]]
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