Saturday, 27 February 2016
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN
"A spellbinder, a swashbuckler...and best of all it has a brilliant new approach to that fascinating problem - first contact with aliens."
-both on the back cover of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, The Mote In God's Eye (London, 1959).
High praise from the highest places in American sf!
It is difficult, if not impossible, to say which is the finest sf novel we have ever read but, if I were to try, several by Poul Anderson would compete for top place, e.g., The People Of The Wind makes the human-Ythrian planet, Avalon, feel like a real place.
Contact by Carl Sagan is a major first contact novel.
Herbert's Dune, widely praised as a major sf novel, contains inconsistencies of point of view, a flaw which I have also found in Mote.