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The Man-kzin Wars Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2006

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." . . grimly funny . . . irony and heroics. . . ."

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Larry Niven (left) is the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of such classics as Ringworld, The Integral Trees, and Destiny's Road. He has also collaborated with both Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes on The Legacy of Heorot, Beowulf's Children, and the bestselling Dream Park series. He lives in Chatsworth, California.
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle were the joint winners of the 2005 Robert A. Heinlein Award. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Man-Kzin Wars
  • Mass Market Paperback: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (June 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416532838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416532835
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have to warn readers of this novel! You will become addicted! Prepare yourself to buy all books in the Man Kzin war series!
Humankind is still in the infancy of type 2 civilization and is still lumbering around in Reaction Mass Relativistic Starships, not having discovered how to manipulate gravity yet. At least we have learned to control our own predatory inclination toward war. Or so we thought.
In the middle of nowhere, humans encounter a technological race. Assumptions about star faring civilizations nearly cost us our hides, literally. The Kzin are not only aggressive, they are carnivorous. Man learns war all over.
Larry Niven uses the concept of parallel evolution to create a world in which the Great Cats, not primates, evolve into intelligence. The Kzin bring back the ancient battle between primitive man and the saber tooth. and the excitement of the hunt.. Only this time the cat has Gravity Polarizer starships! This novel is only the beginning of the fun! read on!
Niven does not use a progressive time line in his novels. These are individual, albeit connected stories of the Man Kzin Wars. The characters might or might not know or associate with one another, and the series encompasses long periods of time.
But once you read the first book, and get hooked on the rest, You will never look at kitty the same way again!
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This is a reissue of the first short-story incursion into this world by Larry Niven, complete with a retrospective introduction, in which Larry reflects on how much his "universe" has grown in detail and characterization since that story first saw the light of day. Still thoroughly enjoyable, with believable characters on both sides of the species divide. Coupled with the original Niven story are two more stories, contrubutions to the genre by Poul Anderson and Dean Ing, two master craftsmen of the Sci-Fi art. A thoroughly enjoyable trip to alternate reality.
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A collection of short stories by three authors, the first by Larry Niven, creator of the series, is very short, written early in his Known Space chronicles. Although this story is not a great example, Niven has a special knack for SciFi, if you have not yet read him. In a genre of fiction over-crowed with tripe, Niven's writing has a sly wit and a subtle edge, evoking a strange but very plausible future for mankind among the stars.
The second and longest story by Poul Anderson is somewhat tedious. Poul's emphasis on putting the "Science" back in Science Fiction is impressive but a bit heavy-handed in this context. The third novelette is great fun and the best of the three. The author Dean Ing writes enough like Niven that you hardly notice the difference, but I do have a couple quibbles. One is that he sort of plagiarizes Niven's "Ringworld". I will give you a brief synopsis, trying not to be a spoiler:
Locklear, a human scientist is captured by Kzanti, the cat-like aliens who walk on two feet towering eight foot tall. He figures out a clever way to get himself dropped off on an unknown planet. It turns out to be terra-formed with patches of small scale models of actual homeworlds in Known Space, Earth and the Kzinhome among them (a rip-off of Ringworld). So Locklear becomes a Robinson Crusoe type castaway. Eventually he stumbles across a number of creatures in stasis; one who he releases, with some trepidation, being a Kzin female. To his surprise she is not a mindless breeder. She speaks an arcane dialect of Kzin and in fact she is a Kzin rebel feminist from an era 40, 000 years earlier before Kzin breed their females to be non-sentient. I quibble with the 40.000 years, because could we speak English to 40,000 year old human? Anyway, those sexist Kzin warriors are in for a big surprise! The most interesting and strangest part of the story is the sexual tension between male and female of different species.
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The world created is a wonderful sandbox. Having read a sample from 'The Children's Hour', I bought this, thinking it would be in it. Unfortunately, it is not. I was about to fling the book across the room when I came to the third story, 'Cathouse', which made up for the entirety of the rest of the book by far. I'd buy it just for that one story...but only expect that one story to be worth your time, unless you REALLY like dry, dead, old sci-fi.
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This is a reprint of the first book and what can I say I have read 14 more. The first story is a brilliant first contact with a very different ending. The whole Man-Kzin series is about the human condition as told thru the eyes of humans and Kzin. The Kzin see us monkeys very differently. Niven introduces six other alien species thru his "Known Space" series and they are ultimately to make us think about the future and "US."
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I enjoyed reading this book, the publisher did a poor job of manufacturing the book, the cover came off and the book came apart prior to finishing the book. The content was excellent however.
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What none of the other reviews caution is that this series is for fans of Ringworld. Unless you read and enjoy those books you run the risk of hating these. Read Ringworld first, and then you can get that thirst of wanting to know the backstory of the Man-Kzin wars.
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In the future, an antidepressant-pacified and docile humanity, (sound familiar? Look around), goes into massive culture shock when the first aliens they meet don't even attempt contact, but only try to kill them from the getgo. Once again, utterly cool, and I agree with the message I think that is embedded in these stories: Don't get TOO comfortable in peacetime, and DON'T start believing that you're safe, or it'll come back around again and get you!!! WWI, the war to end all wars!!!!???? WWII anybody? It'll happen again and again, as Niven nimbly demonstrates. Plus the Kzinti themselves are vastly interesting creatures, because you have to wonder how a society based solely on violence and dominance rituals remains stable enough to conquer space, and then keep it. Read it.
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