The Moties are the aliens in Niven
's Mote series (The Mote In God's Eye
and The Gripping Hand
The Moties are a differentiated group of species, each type genetically engineered and bred for specific tasks; There's an Engineer
caste, for example, that's superspecialized to work quickly and intuitively on technological constructs. They have the disadvantage, however, that they don't innovate well- new technology comes slow to them.
The Moties are trapped in a small (3 planet
) solar system
, which also boasts large collections of asteroids
situated at the Trojan point
s of the two outer planets (both gas giants
), and even civilization in the comets outside of Mote Gamma
(the outermost planet)'s orbit
The only Alderson point in the system leads directly to the interior of a red giant star, which is why the Moties (who had already developed the Drive) were trapped inside the system.