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The story itself is of Larry Grinberg and Kzanol the thrint-an "enslaver" bilion years old who crashed into earth and got stuck in his stasis-suit protection system.
Since objects in stasis are perfect mirors , when Kzanol is found he's treated as the "sea-statue".
Larry , a human telepath who works with dolphins , agrees to try and read the sea-statue's thoughts when a friend suggests he's an alien in stasis.
Kzanol , who's powerfull psionic powers allow him to enslave (allmost!) any intelligent being , is awakend into the connection with the human telepath. As a result , Larry thinks he's Kzanol and starts a race against the real Kzanol towards neptun inorder to reach Kzanol's spare space-suit which is also in stasis , and has in it a kind of telepatic-enhancer that will allow whoever finds it first to overcome the other and control earth ( a common thrint aspiration ).
The end I will leave untold. It is a good book , nothing more , and I recommend it particularlly to those avid sci-fi and Niven fans as myself , that have to read every Known-space story , if only to the purpose of saying-"I've read'em all!"
arranges to touch the mind of the Sea Statue -
the enigmatic sculpture found at the bottom of
a marine trench years before only recently
identified as an alien being in temporal stasis.
Greenberg contrives to break the stasis field long
enough to read the being's mind - only to discover
that the creature is a Thrint, a being who
enslaves other beings through its overwhelming
Greenberg becomes convinced he _is_ the thrint,
and begins a trek across space to find his other
equipment left behind billions of years ago but
still pristine and new in stasis, equipment that
will help him enslave the entire human race. This
soon becomes a race, when the stasis field of the
Sea Statue, destabilized by Greenberg's meddling,
releases the Thrint itself, with precisely the
With this story, Niven lays the foundation for his
Known Space novels, introducing the idea of the
stasis box, the Slavers, their favorite slaves
the Tnuctipun, and the great war they waged that
wiped out every intelligent being in the galaxy
a billion years ago.
Not a bad read, but not
a great one either, it fits well with the rest of
the Known Space stories and as a member in good
standing of that arc, well worth reading, and far
superior to Niven's later efforts.
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By far my favorite Larry Niven book of all time, this book explains HOW WE GOT HERE!!! Larry Greenberg, a telepath, touches minds with an alien frozen for billions of years! Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2000 by Tyler Calkin
A billion years ago the galaxy was ruled by a real brutal race of toughguys known as the Thrintun to themselves, (Slavers, to you and I), and then one had the displeasure of being... Read morePublished on July 7 1999