By Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Has anybody else read this? It's a really good book that I picked up at a used bookstore for like $1. As science fiction books go, this is one of the best and most realistic. There's no warp speed or faster than light travel. There's no exotic weapons. For interplanetary travel, they go at 1g, 2g, whatever (I think 4g or 5g is the max for emergencies) for half the trip, then turn the ship around and decelerate at the same rate for the other half the trip. For weapons, they use actual lasers that need to burn through the target's hull to do damage. So anyway, it's the human race's first contact with an alien race. I don't want to give away the story for you who haven't read it yet, but it's very good. I recommend it highly. There are a few sequels, too, but I haven't read them yet.