"POSSIBLY THE FINEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL I HAVE EVER READ." — Robert Heinlein "AS SCIENCE FICTION, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NOVELS EVER PUBLISHED."—San Francisco Chronicle Writing separately, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle are responsible for a number of science fiction classics, such as the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning RINGWORLD, DEBT OF HONOR and THE INTEGRAL TREES. Together they have written the critically-acclaimed bestsellers INFERNO, FOOTFALL, and THE LEGACY OF HEOROT, among others. THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre.