Official blurb: “In 3016, the 2nd Empire of Man spans hundreds of star systems, thanks to faster-than-light Alderson Drive. Intelligent beings are finally found from the Mote, an isolated star in a thick dust cloud. The bottled-up ancient civilization, at least one million years old, are welcoming, kind, yet evasive, with a dark problem they have not solved in over a million years.”
It was written in 1974, so that might account for some of its hmmmm issues. I am going to give you a link to a review by somebody who can really write and think, and has described all my issues with the book so much better than me. It is HERE. Why can’t I write and think like that? Oh, well, to each of us is given our small talent to husband. My. That sounded almost biblical, didn’t it.
I read sci fi for the nifty ideas that people have, for their imaginations in creating new worlds, and for how they express their moral and ethical concerns. I am less disturbed by the (lack of) literary value a work might have, by it’s sometimes flat characters, or its sometimes less elegant writing, or by its sometimes truly implausible themes, its plots that occasionally contain holes large enough to drive a space ship through. The review above which I referenced, has a wider approach to the book. It considers it all as a whole.
Me? I am more forgiving, and I liked the idea of conquest not by war, or attack or super advanced technology which the earth does not yet have, but by population explosion. Conquest via the Cockroach Approach. Breed often, breed quickly, and take over the galaxy. See what I mean? Now THERE’S an idea.
I liked it. There. I said it and I’m glad. Now to acquire some more of the work of the collaboration of these two guys.