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Man-Kzin Wars IX Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2003


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  • Series: Man-Kzin Wars (Book 9)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743471458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743471459
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the longest-running and most successful shared-world anthology series continues to explore different aspects of the wars and other relations of humanity and the felinoid, ferocious, surprisingly complex kzin. Niven's contribution brings Beowulf Schaefer into contact with a kzin trying to work around the law to earn his name. Paul Chafe's involves an ARM officer and his kzin partner in a mystery aboard an orbital depot, in which a shipping container and other things are hidden in plain sight. Hal Colebatch offers arguably the strongest entry this time with the story of a half-crippled kzin sergeant making a last stand against the human "liberation" of Wunderland while trying to preserve his honor by preserving the life of a collaborationist officer. Another distinguished contribution comes from the late Poul Anderson: a deep-space adventure in which two lovers rescue a kzin possessing more courage than sense, as is not uncommon with the breed. Roland Green
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." . . grimly funny . . . irony and heroics. . . ."

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LARRY NIVEN is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. He lives in Chatsworth, California. JERRY POURNELLE is an essayist, journalist, and science fiction author. He has advanced degrees in psychology, statistics, engineering, and political science. Together Niven and Pournelle are the authors of many New York Times bestsellers including Inferno, The Mote in God's Eye, Footfall, and Lucifer's Hammer.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SlanFan on September 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Contrary to what an earlier reviewer said, the Poul Anderson story, "Pele" is not OLD. The first and third volumes in the M-K Wars series both had Anderson stories, but this is not one of those. The story previously appeared in an sf magazine (ANALOG, I think) about a year ago, but it is one of the last stories that Anderson wrote before his untimely death. Having corrected that misinformation, I'll say that no book with grand masters Anderson and Niven on board should be missed. And newer writers Chafe and Colebatch are no slouches either.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I've read every book in the Man-Kzin wars and they just keep getting better with each book. I finished this last book within a couple of days and loved the detail and longer refferences to the kzin side of the story. I've noticed with each book there has been less war and more cooperation between humans and the kzin but that is because most of the kzin are being killed off with each war and the remaining ones are learning to think before they leap.:) I recommend this book to everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Norton on July 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
All the Man-Kzin stories are teriffic and this does not disappoint. Taut action, real charcters and original ideas in all of them. Sad that the story Pele was one of the last by rhe late, great Poul Anderson. I would like to see more illustrations of the very exciting and often weird scense described - for example the confrontation between the old Kzin warrior Raargh and the human woman resistance fighter Jocelyn in the ruined sergeant's mess in His Sergeant's Honour and the desperate ploy of the kzin cub Vaemar to defuse the situation. More please, and soon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harold Ronson on March 26, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Fans of the great Poul Anderson should buy this because it contains almost his last story. Hal Colebatch's "His Sergeant's Honour" should actually come in book 10, after "The Corporal in the Caves" and before "Music Box." It introduces the Royal Kzin kitten Vaemar, later Vaemar-Riit, and the (later) wicked collaborationist-turn-coat police Captain Jocelyn van der Straat, and explores the conflicting demands of honour on a battle-scarred old Kzin sergeant who must come to terms with the unfamiliar concept of "Surrender" and his duty to protect both Vaemar and a human collaborator. The other two stories keep up the standard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BigT on March 12, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although Poul Anderson is not a typically a particularly bad writer, most of the prose in his portion of the book "Pele" is so bad as to be laughable. "Tyra had more and more enjoyed her voyage, until near the end." and "The last weekly dance of the trip became an especially gleeful occasion." I didn't even have to look very hard to come up with these gems. "Memory stabbed her again." Ha!

It's almost as if it English was the author's second language.

If you like authors that torture the English language you'll love this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BobIV on January 14, 2002
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In the growing collection of Man-Kzin War stories, this book doesn't reveal any new insights, revelations, or twists. It does contain some decent writing, though. A good weekend read; perhaps a paperback edition would be more appropriate.
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Title says it all. It's a must read. There really isn't more to say, if you like known space this is a must read.
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I've read several of the previous books, but came across this one only recently. I thought the idea of letting other author sap write of the Man-Kzin interaction was brilliant. The alterations in Kzin characteristics balanced against their known dominant patterns of action allowed for considerable depth and variation in these novelettes.
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