This book had solar sail technology and gorilla-like aliens with one strong muscular arm and one weak arm.


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"Mote In God's Eye" by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. What do I win? :)

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    For now, an upvote; and probably more if you improve your answer with an edit to explain how it matches what Lyn remembered, with your summary or quotes for instance :)
    – Jenayah
    May 6, 2019 at 6:11
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    The Moties have one strong arm on one side and two weaker arms on the other side. They also aren't described as "gorilla-like."
    – JRE
    May 6, 2019 at 8:05
  • There were a large variety of Moties in different classes iirc, so some of them might have been described that way.
    – moopet
    May 6, 2019 at 8:40
  • Thanks for all comments under my brief answer. Wasn't signed up and logged in, so am forced to post as an answer. No, Moties aren't described as "gorilla-like." I checked. Lyn, the original poster, clearly has an imperfect recollection of the novel, not remembering the title, etc. That is why the question was asked. I inferred from this imperfect recollection that: 1) Solar Sailing Technology is Crazy Eddie Probe from "Mote in God's Eye." 2) "Gorilla-like" aliens with one strong arm and one weak one is an imperfect recollection of Moties, which indeed had different subspecies/categories ...
    – MarkSpace
    May 6, 2019 at 13:08
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    No, the 2 small arms are on the same side. There's a line about the elbows nesting like Dixie cups. May 6, 2019 at 16:15

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