I’ve started re-reading The Mote in God’s Eye. I first read it shortly after it was published, back when I was in mumblecoughmumble grade.
The 1970’s-era sci-fi character development (everyone speaks like an astrophysicist including warship captains), dialog (“Blast it!”), and male-female relations (sexist) don’t fit contemporary expectations. But they are the artifacts of its time. It’s a great yarn that’s still very enjoyable and thought-provoking. Even recognizing its shortcomings is instructive.
I wonder why it’s never been made into a movie or mini-series. It has the sci-fi operatic atmosphere of The Expanse, albeit shorter.