History Literature / TheMoteInGodsEye

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.]]
19th Mar '16 8:14:19 AM Pavlov
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* LaResistance: In ''The Gripping Hand'', the "Medina Traders" are effectively the LaResistance against the much larger "Khanate". There's also passing mention of a potential Mormon uprising in human space, towards the beginning of the book.

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* LaResistance: In ''The Gripping Hand'', the "Medina Traders" are effectively the LaResistance against the much larger "Khanate". There's also passing mention of a potential Averted with the Mormon uprising colony in human space, towards the beginning start of the book.book, who are quite concerned with how the Empire handles traitors. They go to ridiculous lengths to keep from appearing as adversaries to the Empire.
19th Mar '16 7:22:42 AM Pavlov
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* DepopulationBomb: Admiral Kutuzov has a certain reputation for this one, given his involvement in quelling a budding rebelion in a rather terminal manner for the local populace.

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* DepopulationBomb: Admiral Kutuzov has a certain reputation for this one, as a world-killer, given his past involvement in quelling a budding rebelion rebellion in a rather terminal manner for the local populace.populace. It's not as if he's a murderer who enjoys the work, however. It's simply understood that since he's done it before, if the Empire orders him to wipe out the Motie planet, he WILL.
10th Feb '16 7:25:30 PM Goldfritha
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* EnemyMine: At the end of the first book, it is clear that human unity is greatly aided by the danger from the Moties.


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* SpeciesLoyalty: Humans join the defense against the Moties for this.


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** Also in the first book, one Mediator shocks the others by [[spoiler:killing her Fyuck(click)]]. It is clear to the reader, however, that she realized that he faced a SadisticChoice, and identified him with so thoroughly that she shared the dilemma and took this as the third option [[spoiler: between suicide and risking the human race by capture]].
18th Jan '16 5:00:26 PM ScienceK
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* SpareToTheThrone: Commander Roderick Blaine was the second oldest son in a noble family, who wanted nothing more than a Navy career and the chance to become Grand Admiral someday. His older brother George was in line to inherit the estates and title when their father retired but was killed in battle, leaving Rod as the heir. He is also related to the Imperial family, not too far down the line of succession.

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* SpareToTheThrone: Commander Roderick Blaine was the second oldest son in a noble family, who wanted nothing more than a Navy career and the chance to become Grand Admiral someday. His older brother George was in line to inherit the estates and title when their father retired retired, but George was killed in battle, leaving Rod as the heir. He is also related to the Imperial family, not too far down the line of succession.
30th Oct '15 5:51:49 PM LahmacunKebab
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''The Mote in God's Eye'', by Creator/LarryNiven and 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.

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''The Mote in God's Eye'', by Creator/LarryNiven and Creator/JerryPournelle, 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.
8th Jul '15 2:50:27 PM Specialist290
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* AbsentmindedProfessor: Dr. Buckman in ''The Mote in God's Eye'' and ''The Gripping Hand''. Not a terribly important character, but an excellent example.

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* AbsentmindedProfessor: Dr. Buckman in ''The Mote in God's Eye'' and ''The Gripping Hand''. Not a terribly important character, but an excellent example.example -- he spends his life living in his own little bubble, blissfully ignorant and uncaring of the goings-on unrelated to his passion of astrophysics.


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* FantasticReligiousWeirdness: One of the questions that Chaplain Hardy concerns himself with is whether or not Moties have souls and can thus be opened to missionary activity.
27th Jun '14 4:02:45 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* HumansThroughAlienEyes: We are as strange to the Moties as they are to us, perhaps more so. They don't regard humanity with fear, exactly, but they are confused by our biology and culture. Motie diplomats are trained to think exactly like the person they are negotiating with. Diplomats who think too much like humans are regarded as having gone [[HumansAreInsane insane]] - see above.

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* HumansThroughAlienEyes: We are as strange to the Moties as they are to us, perhaps more so. They don't regard humanity with fear, exactly, but they are confused by our biology and culture. Motie diplomats are trained to think exactly like the person they are negotiating with. Diplomats who think too much like humans are regarded as having gone [[HumansAreInsane insane]] - see above.insane]].
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