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This month on my podcast, "It Has Come To My Attention," I draw the attention of Star Trek fans to two other space / naval adventure properties that they might enjoy.

The Mote in God's Eye was written by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and published in 1974. Robert Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read." It's a space navy, first contact adventure.

Patrick O'Brian's 20 Aubrey–Maturin novels center on the adventures of a Royal Navy captain and his friend, a ship's doctor, during the Napoleonic Wars. These age of sail books were called by the New York Times Book Review "the best historical novels ever written." And the film version, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, will especially delight fans of The Wrath of Khan.

Check it out here on The Chronic Rift


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Jan. 12th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
Mote is great stuff. It really is, in a lot of ways, the ultimate Star Trek story. There's strange new worlds and new civilizations, and the MacArthur goes places where no man has gone before. :)

There is a link between Mote and Trek, by the way -- Matt Jeffries. Besides designing the Enterprise, Matt Jeffries designed the Lief Erikson, a model kit that Pournelle decided would make a good ship for his Second Empire of Man. I've thought over the years about buying the Lief model kit — except I never was any good at building models. :)

And as for M&C: The Far Side of the World, in my opinion, that's the best of the Star Trek movies. :)
Jan. 12th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
Something new to add to my (re)reading list
I read The Mote in God's Eye several years ago, and I loved it to pieces. Now I need to reread it through the prism of Star Trek ...

(aka Be a Better Booktalker)
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