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"David Gerrold proves that he can do all the things that made us love Heinlein’s storytelling—and often better." -- Orson Scott Card, Hugo and Nebula award-winning author, Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead

"Niven . . . lifts the reader far from the conventional world—and does it with a dash." -- Los Angeles Times

About the Author

David Gerrold is the author of the Hugo and Nebula award-nominated The Man Who Folded Himself and When HARLIE Was One and the popular Star Wolf, Dingillian, and Chtorr series. He also wrote “The Trouble with Tribbles” episode of Star Trek, voted the most popular Star Trek episode of all time. He lives in Northridge, California. Larry Niven, author of The Integral Trees and Ringworld, has been the recipient of the Hugo, Nebula, Skylark, and Locus awards. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (March 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932100237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932100235
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,440,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the funniest SF books out there.
Lynn Bodoni
I've read this book a number of times and I still manage to re-read it about twice a year.
Jan Howley
Like Gullivers Travels many parallels to our own history.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ken Coar on June 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked this up (or it was loaned to me) because I was tickled by the title. It's a very entertaining story about a technologically advanced traveller's visit to a fairly primitive world, narrated by one of the primitives. It's an hilarious treatment of Clarke's Law in action, and a colossal pun near the end will delight long-time SF readers enormously.
This is definitely a 'G'-rated title in my book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Bodoni on March 26, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the funniest SF books out there. I've got an old tattered copy, and I will order the new edition when it comes out. The book is full of cultural, SF and fandom references. Some might be a little dated (for example, the symbol of the sheep, the horned box, is a reference to a TV with antenna, and how many people have seen one of THOSE lately?), but overall, this book holds up very well.
To answer another reviewer's question would be a spoiler, but anyone who wishes to know who Purple was based on can email me at my nickname at hotmail.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Otter on July 6, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
i liked the book -- i'm a Niven fan so i'm not sure how i missed this title. i've always enjoyed Niven's light-hearted stories.

however, the Kindle edition was horrible, with pervasive "typesetting" errors. i couldn't get more than a few pages without running into a random word in superscript/subscript, or a whole line in a different font size, or dropped characters or punctuation, and, at least once, an entire paragraph in right-justification. granted these are minor errors, but each mistake hit me like a brick wall, bringing my reading to a dead stop.

whoever translated this to the Kindle simply did a terrible job. =(
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is really a great work if you realize what it is, comical sci-fi. And it is not a Niven story but a Gerrold one, if you liked The Trouble With Tribbles episode of Star Trek then this for you.
To dananbethany> It's a pun, As a mauve. Asimov.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bruce.cohn@csfb.com on July 16, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Light, fun, SF story that will mean more to SF fans in general and Asimov fans in particular. I highly recommend it. I read it every few years and enjoy it each time. Not really a sorcery book and certainly not fantasy. The story involves a culture that embodies Clarke's statement on magic and technology and how easy it is to assign magical reasons to that which we don't understand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My paperback copy of this book lists two authors, David Gerrold & Larry Niven. This book is great fun. Imagine the all-powerful earthling with very high-tech tools come to study the backward natives. Now see the story from the natives' viewpoint. Now watch as the natives reduce the earthling to stone-age tools and see if he can survive on his wits alone. Maybe? Maybe not. For Niven fans, a must-read!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book about 15 years ago and found it nothing but fun. Niven plays with the reader as well as the characters in the book. I have just found this book (out of stock) and await shipment so that I can visit this world again. I gave my first copy away and regret it. Not real science fiction but just loads of fun.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By joe_n_bloe on May 25, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Will someone please figure out how to keep Gerrold's books in print? Especially this one. Easily one of the most entertaining mixed-genre Fantasy/SF novels ever written, it is also one of the hardest to find. It's not exactly like Asprin or Xanth but ... if you go for that, or for cleverly funny Fantasy/SF in general, put this book on your list. Well worth looking for.
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