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Man-Kzin Wars IV by Larry Niven

Man-Kzin Wars IV

by Larry Niven, Greg Bear (Contributor), Donald Kingsbury (Contributor), S. M. Stirling (Contributor)

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Series: Man-Kzin Wars (4), Known Space (6.04)

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A human telepath, with mind-control powers, is enough to win the battle, but not stop the war. It's a nice gimmick, and entertaining, but a wee bit of a hokey deux ex machina. ( )
  majackson | Jul 13, 2018 |
Like I say about most Niven stuff: Utterly cool.: 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.
  euang | Sep 1, 2008 |
Larry Niven invented the Kzin or kzinti, cat-like aliens who menaced Earth. Others have taken his concept and expanded it. Stories:
- The Survivor, by Donald Kingsbury
- The Man Who Would be Kzin, by Greg Bear & S. M. Stirling ( )
  monado | Apr 2, 2007 |
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Bear, GregContributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kingsbury, DonaldContributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Stirling, S. M.Contributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hickman, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Two short stories in the Known Space universe created by Larry Niven, set during the Man-Kzin Wars.

  • "The Survivor" by Donald Kingsbury

  • "The Man who would be Kzin" by Greg Bear and S. M. Stirling

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