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Man-Kzin Wars Paperback – Jun 1988

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1st edition pbo edition (June 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067165411X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671654115
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 163 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,869,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Larry Niven is the author of multiple New York Times bestsellers, both alone (The Integral Trees, The Ringworld Throne) and in collaboration with Jerry Pournelle (The Mote in God’s Eye, Lucifer’s Hammer, Footfall). His Known Space series, from which the highly successful Man-Kzin Wars books derive, is a landmark of modern science fiction, rating favorable comparison to Heinlein’s Future History series and Asimov’s Foundation series. Winner of a Nebula award and five Hugo awards, SF legend Niven remains among the foremost writers of the new century. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Oct. 15 2016
By ideafinder - Published on
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Awesome book, read it many years ago and have enjoyed it again!
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star May 11 2015
By Cliff - Published on
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Stopped reading after a few chapters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars backstory of the entire series Feb. 2 2014
By W Boudville - Published on
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Has it really been 25 years since the first Man-Kzin War book?!! Yes, sadly. Such passing of time. What is new here is not the short stories, which some of you will already have read. But the all too brief introduction by Niven himself. It gives some of the backstory behind how the series got started, prompted by the late Jim Baen. Normally we readers never find out any details behind most books.

Here, Niven relates how to incent his contributors, he offered them all of the advance, in which normally he would of course participate. He states one irony. He is not a war writer. This has been well known in scifi circles for years. For example, the combat scenes in Lucifer's Hammer were mostly done by Pournelle.

Speaking of Pournelle, I wonder if there was a causal tie-in. A few years before the first Man-Kzin book, Pournelle had started a long running and controversial series - There Will Be War. Did the success of this inspire Baen to mine Niven's existing legacy?

We also see that in Niven's series, he ended up rejecting one story because it was too dull and another because it violated some basic assumptions. There is also a drift further into the framework of the Known Space stories in recent volumes. Something apparent in the more recent books, where some readers have noticed less and less actual war stories but instead a fleshing out of the various alien cultures.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars engaging science fiction thriller June 15 2013
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The Man-Kzin Wars
Larry Niven, Poul Anderson and Dean Ing
Baen, Jun 4 2013, $15.00
ISBN: 9781451639001

"The Warriors" by Larry Niven. The Golden Age's three centuries of prosperity and peace come to an end when humanity and kzinti meet for the first time as the former are tranquil and the latter belligerent. Shockingly the humans survive.

"Iron" by Poul Anderson. In an undeveloped sector, the humans and the kzin learn of a ship belonging to neither side that allegedly has ancient technology that would give the side that possesses the vessel the edge in the hostilities between the races. Both sides send a retrieval force to Tiamet.

"Cathouse" by Dean Ing. The human Locklear finds himself on a strange planet struggling to survive while the kzin hunt him. When he stumbles into creatures locked in suspended animation, he takes a chance by awakening one. Kit is a female kzin, but not the usual obedient breeding cattle as she lived millenniums before the change.

This is a reprint celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first The Man-Kzin Wars science fiction thriller. Although showing some aging and with flaws (Lloyds of London would have made the kzin overwhelmingly favorites), each tale is fun but very different as Larry Niven introduces the first encounter; Poul Anderson provides a synopsis of Known Space; and Dean Ing writes about a rare sentient female kzin.

Harriet Klausner
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful series Feb. 19 2014
By Harold Ronson - Published on
Format: Paperback
The best-written, most exciting and creative extended science-fiction series of all rime!. Stories both action-packed and character driven, with both imaginative alien worlds and hard science, the series's later volumes introduced great writers like Hal Colebatch, Matthew Joesph Harringtom and Alex Hernandez to hard SF, and gave us such characters as Rarrgh-Sergeant, Dimity Carmody (translator of the hyper-drive manual) and Vaemar-Riit, the Royal Kzin kitten who becomes head of the Wunderland Kzin and who pioneers peace with Man, staunch Colonel Michael Cumpston, bubbly Gaye Guthlac, tragic hero Peter Robinson, and the Rykermans, as well as Peace Corban and innumerable other outstanding characters.

The series desperately needs a movie, failing that, an illustrated edition. Vaemar's swim clinging to a branch in Grossgeister Swamp under fire from the wild Jotok, and Arthur Guthlac's terrifying "Dinner" in "Three at Table" (both in MK-XI) and the crashing end of Poul Anderson's "Inconstant Star" are among many scenes thar demand illustrating.

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