About half-way through The Mote in God's Eye and I can't believe I never read this -- when men wrote sci-fi while drinking whiskey and smoking stogies

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@rube a great book. I liked the first one better than the second one (The Gripping Hand). Those Motie's were strange creatures...

@N5PRE I felt it took a while to get started, but it's become quite the page-turner

@rube Niven & Pournelle picked up a rare 1:500 scale quazi-Star Trek related AMT model kit sold as Leif Ericson Galactic Cruiser (mass sold later in glow-in-the-dark green plastic as U.F.O. Mystery Ship) built & used it as basis for the INSS Macarthur while writing Mote In Gods Eye.

Rich Sternbach's Mote In God's Eye book cover art

@Klaatu lol that's killer -- love the creative process, and that thing seems kind of familiar to me 🤔

@rube it was designed by the guy who created the Enterprise & submitted as an early possible ship that was rejected. The body is like a whisky flask with wings & the command deck is like a sub's conning tower, a feature seen on TOS's Botany Bay & DY-100 cargo ships.

It was proposed as a DY series explorer ship for the 70s reboot series & for variations on the flat back deck of the '74 Enterprise, an abandoned design reused for ST Discovery.

I saw Jerry Pournelle as a guest speaker at college back in the 1970s.

He did a lot of great books with Larry Niven. Titles like Inferno, Footfall, Oath of Fealty and so on.

He was also online relatively early - he had "Chaos Manor" which is an old school blog.
Someone has done a more modern version as well.

@mhjohnson I enjoyed reading his perspective on the nerd world back in the day; he was also my favourite panelist on TWiT when I could stand to listen to it -- besides @Johncdvorak naturally ;)

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