The Mote In God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
A tale of first contact that is all unsatisfactory, subtlety free melodrama.
The War Against The Chtorr Book One: A Matter For Men by David Gerrold
Only 4 of the 7 books in this series have been published. There are references to disks, the Fourth-World and everyone hates America but America will save the day. An alien eco-system is somehow invading Earth. But first there will be pages upon pages of author tracts and weird sexual politics.
Jim McCarthy wonders about the Chtorr and yells and deals with stupid people. How did the Chtorr get to Earth? Why do they have such bad intentions? A character named Dr Obama lurks. This has a cheesy cover. WTF is the Telepathy Corps? For avoidance of any doubt, this was dated and vaguely fascistic rubbish.
“I am not a nice man!”
“Maybe they can tell it’s a Chtorran, and they’re afraid of it even before it hatches.”
“What kind of stomach can produce such acids regularly without destroying itself in the process.”
“He ate the cotton pad with the chloroform on it.”
“What if we only pretended to lose?”