At last, a cover that accurately conveys the contents. The three-armed critters are like Gremlins with PhDs in engineering. This book’s sort of a standard now, clunky though it is. If you read SF then Niven and Pournelle are something you have to know about, much the way Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf are for rock – with the same staus as either a guilty pleasure or a profound embarrassment. What puzzles me is that the authors are credited as ‘bestselling authors of The Gripping Hand!’, and yet nobody I know has ever heard of that. Is the exclamation-mark part of the title?
Oh, and a font done by a bored Year Eight in a maths lesson.
Hmm. Accurate Motie, accurate background (the “jump point” for the Mote is inside the photosphere of a red giant star, which is why they haven’t spread), but the motie would be fried. Yes, they are three-armed: and so not forewarned (groan).