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Outies (Mote Series Book 3) (English Edition) von [Pournelle, J.R.]
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Fixer Asach Quinn is bored and jaded on Makkasar. Librarian Colchis Barthes is winding down his career on Sparta. Governor Jackson is corrupt and scheming on Maxroy's Purchase. Seer Laurel Courter is young and determined. Splintered by distance, competing visions, and outside rivalries, New Utah is forgotten and alone in a remote backwater of Imperial space. Its residents, busy scratching a living from alien soil beyond the Coal Sack nebula, don't even know they've been designated as an "Outworld." A lot of them don't even know each other.

Thirty-five years ago, the Moties made first contact with the Second Empire of Man. Sentient, capable, and sometimes charming, they nevertheless proved to be enemies of humankind—--not by intent, but by dint of biology( Mote in God's Eye). The Fleet’s ability to block Motie access to human space now depends upon a shaky alliance with the horrifically prolific, technologically brilliant, three-armed Moties themselves ( Gripping Hand). Human and Motie shareholders have assumed joint control of industrial giant Imperial Autonetics, but the Empire still decides the fate of worlds. Those already possessing space-worthy craft may join as Classified systems, and enjoy the benefits of access to new technology, trading rights, and Fleet protection. Those less advanced may be parceled out as colonial concessions ( King David's Spaceship). Outworlds that refuse to join risk annihilation by zealous commanders intent on preserving the hard-won peace at any cost.

New Utah's fate depends upon meeting the Empire with one, united voice. Enter the Seer, the Fixer, and the Librarian. One way or another, everything is about to change.

"While faithful to the premises of The Mote in God's Eye, Outies takes a fresh look at that universe from the fringes of the Second Empire of Man." --- Larry Niven

"With page turning action coupled to a stunning sense of place, Outies takes the notion of 'first cointact' to new levels." --- Jerry Pournelle

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Jennifer R. Pournelle is an archaeologist and anthropologist who reconstructs the landscapes that surrounded ancient cities. Her work in Turkey, Iraq, and the Caucasus has been featured in Science magazine, The New York Times, on The Discovery Channel, and on National Geographic Television. In a former life, she received numerous decorations for service as a United States Army officer and arms control negotiator, and directed reconstruction work in Iraq as a civilian. Pournelle won the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Book Prize for Excavations, A City Cycle.


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Eine echte Fortsetzung von Mote in god's eye und The gripping hand. Spannend und überaschend wie das

Werk der Altmeister Niven und Pournelle. Ein Muss für alle Motie-Fans
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HASH(0x920c96f0) von 5 Sternen Creditable Hard SF 25. Dezember 2010
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1) An excellent first contact story. I suppose it's not a spoiler to acknowledge that the Moties appear in this, the third of the 'Mote in God's Eye' novels. The aliens are well-realized, and their portrayal is the high point of the novel, on par or better than the earlier novels. The insight into their psychology is unique to the series, and the actions both of humans and Moties in the course of the novel is both logical and well-realized.

2) Related to the above note is that this is most obviously hard SF, of a sort that is all too rare. There are no universal translators. Such technology as is used is plausible. The author deserves commendation for Doing Her Research.

3) The story successfully gives a feeling of adventure, of dusty duty stations and the challenges of running an NGO or academic endeavour on the SF equivalent of the third world.


1) The single largest complaint I have is weak characterization. The characters are atomic, and have little interaction or relationship to each other beyond those strictly necessary to carry out action in the story. The Bury-Renner relationship of the second book, the Whitbread-Potter-Staley triangle of the first, the enmity between Dr. Horvath and Admiral Kutuzov, are all missing. Nor is there much to distinguish them or to make them memorable beyond their story role.

2) A possible concern is that the novel is somewhat academic in tone. There is lengthy exposition, to the extent of inserting entire fictional documents verbatim into the text. There are numerous walls of text to trudge through. This coupled with some rather unusual five-syllable word choices limit the mass-market appeal of the book.

3) Related to the above is a concern that there is too much exposition and not enough *action*. A novel like Gripping Hand starts the action fairly quickly and keeps you on the edge of your seat for approximately 2/3rds of the book. "Outies" takes more than half the book to begin its action, and it is quickly over. Nor, once events start to occur, is there much doubt of the outcome. So I cannot in good conscience say I "couldn't put the book down".

The Bottom Line: This book is of interest if you are a fan either of hard SF or of the Motie universe. However, I cannot recommend it for the general market or as an entry-level book for the series. For all that it is an interesting read, and I hope the author hones her craft by publishing additional novels.
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HASH(0x920b6e4c) von 5 Sternen A worthy debut 8. Januar 2011
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Writing a sequel to the masterworks of The Mote in God's Eye and The Gripping Hand is not easy, but Jennifer Pournelle has succeeded.

She follows the Pournelle tradition of interspersing sections of social and political commentary throughout the story telling. While one may not always agree with her commentary, it is always thought-provoking. Her background is different from the elder Dr. Pournelle, as are her viewpoints - one imagines that there were many interesting debates between father and daughter!

The story is difficult to follow at first, as the viewpoint shifts between different characters whose relationship only becomes clear much later. This is a minor critique for a first novel. The economic, political and religious conflicts are well presented, and provide a way for the reader to gain a fresh perspective on many of the issues and conflicts that our society faces today.

All in all an enjoyable read, and a worthy debut for a new author.

A minor note: this book has been self-published - a trend we may expect to see more of, as eBooks make the established publishing houses increasingly irrelevant. One disadvantage of self-publishing is that authors tend to skimp on professional editing and proof-reading. While the overall quality of this book is good, it nonetheless contains perhaps a dozen errors that should not have made it into print. One can wish that the author had asked a professional proof-reader to make one last check before publication.
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HASH(0x920b2b88) von 5 Sternen Disappointing - A box of Crackerjack with no prize inside. 18. Februar 2011
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If I had to pick a single work as my favorite- Mote in Gods Eye is probably my choice. I read it when I was much younger, and when the sequel came out I was overjoyed. I bought it immediately, and was not disappointed. They had "done it again", and it was everything you could have hoped for. When I saw ANOTHER sequel was available, I bought it INSTANTLY. I was a bit hesitant as I did not see Larry Niven's name on the cover (and I enjoy his work immensely), but it was more MOTE and I HAD TO HAVE IT!

Then I read it. It turns out the "J Pournelle" on the cover is the daughter of Jerry. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as the Dune novels by Frank Herbert's son are in some ways even better than the original. But... then I read it.

The characters are flat, almost skewed from the personalities we loved so much in the original Niven/Pournelle novels. The story is fragmented, and seems to stutter- almost wandering aimlessly at times. I am not saying that Jennifer Pournelle is a bad writer- just not THE writer for a "Mote" sequel. Just as Gregory Benford is a great author, but he completely ruined the story when he attempted the sequel to Arthur C. Clarke's "City and the Stars".. his style and concepts were too different from the original work for continuity. We see the same thing here. There are characters with the same names- Kevin Renner, Lord Roderick Blaine, etc. but they are not the same people. We have many of the same places- but they don't "feel" the way they did whey you were there in the first two books.

MOTE fans will have to own this- I am one of them - just because it exists, but it's sort of the "ugly" marble in your toy box. You need it to complete the collection, but you get no joy from it. Or- to put it another way, it is an "Odd-Numbered Star Trek Movie".
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HASH(0x920b369c) von 5 Sternen Disappointing 27. September 2011
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Outies is a sequel to The Gripping Hand by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle which is itself a sequel to The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. The Mote in God's Eye remains one of the best science fiction books ever written. It has a logical, well developed universe, interesting plot and great editing. The Gripping Hand was an interesting sequel to The Mote in God's Eye but its editing was horrible. Unfortunately, Outies continues the downward trend.

When I originally found out that a sequel to The Gripping Hand was available I was excited. I wanted to like this book but after reading it I can't recommend it. The biggest issues for me were the retcons (retroactive continuity changes) and editing. The retcons are not minor changes but are major ones that change the very nature of the Mote universe and the previous storyline. As an example (one that doesn't give away any spoilers), spaceships don't exit hyperspace near habitable planets; if they did then the Empire would not be possible. A previous blogger recommend that J. R. Pournelle read Building the Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and I heartily agree with that suggestion. Another issue with the book is the editing. I think a very poor job was done. As one example, the writing at times is interesting but at other times it is overly complex and confusing.

Given the ending, it looks like J. R. Pournelle is planning to write a sequel. I hope she does. However, I also hope that, if she doesn't have professional editing done on the manuscript, she circulates it among some trusted friends who can give her honest, detailed feedback. Even better would be if she also circulated it among some fans of Mote and asked for feedback as to the changes she's making to the Mote universe. I think she would also benefit from running her manuscript by some people in the hard science fields. Even though I've been critical of J. E. Pournelle's first science fiction novel I wish her success in the future as a writer and storyteller.
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HASH(0x920b6e88) von 5 Sternen 3.5 stars 8. Januar 2012
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I gave the book four stars as I did not think the lower rating would be fair. I would give it 3.5 stars if I could.

The book is not without flaws. The notion of a "gender-neutral" character is a bit off-putting (although there is a reason for it in the story). Well-loved characters from previous books in the series (Lord Blaine, Kevin Renner) are almost unrecognizable. And Ali Baba, Horace Bury's "grandmotie" from THE GRIPPING HAND, does not have as much a part to play as the book's early chapters would suggest.

That said, OUTIES does have real strengths. The author gets the technology of the Empire of Man, such as the Alderson Drive, correct (which is more than can be said for some of the authors of the "War World" series). The religious beliefs of the Himmists are addressed at length and in depth. (Personally, I found this rather refreshing -- in many science fiction works religious topics are avoided entirely.) And the machinations of the powers-that-be on the planet of New Utah reminded me of A STUDY IN SCARLET by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

All in all, a worthy effort, well worth the price (especially in the Kindle edition). If I had to make the choice between reading OUTIES again or reading THE GRIPPING HAND again, I would choose the former.
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