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Book Title: Man-Kzin Wars 12|
The author of the book: Larry Niven
ISBN 13: 9781416591412
Edition: Baen Books
Date of issue: February 1st 2009
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The 12th installment of the Man-Kzin Wars continues to make me a happy Kz'eerkti! It starts off with some short background tales about pre-first-encounter times for Man and Kzin in 'Echoes of Distant Guns'. Then almost a full novel on the 'true story' of what happened to the Roman 9th Legion at Hadrian's Wall in 'Aquila Advenio'. Next is a somewhat morose short story about a reluctant young Kzin soldier who's only solace in life (and death, apparently) is a gift from a human in 'The Trooper and the Triangle'. The best story in the book follows in the hilarious romp through space by a husband and wife teamed up with a Telepath and Cyborg Kzin(view spoiler)[ to shepherd a ship full of Kzinti hopped up on a statsis box load of Slaver Era Catnip (hide spoiler)] in 'String'. In 'Peace and Freedom' we find out that another slaver is loose in the galaxy and is causing trouble on Kzinhome... trouble that only our Protector friend Peace Corben can fix for us. As a side note, Mr. Harrington manages to avert the disaster of the coming destruction of the Galaxy that Larry Niven set into motion in one of his Beowulf Sheafer stories, and consequently wrote volumes around, in a single paragraph... kudos to you Mr. Harrington! The last story is a murder mystery short reminiscent of the movie 'PayCheck' called 'Independent'. All in all, I give this book 3 1/2 stars. The creativity is great, but the stories themselves were lacking a bit in execution. 'String' was the best and had me laughing out loud after the true nature of the stasis box discovery is revealed. 'Peace and Freedom' had great potential, but was way too rushed. Some of it almost seemed like an inside joke that the reader doesn't quite understand. Still, I love the continuing saga in Known Space, and definitively call this one a Really Good Read.
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Read information about the authorLaurence van Cott Niven's best known work is Ringworld (Ringworld, #1) (1970), which received the Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. The creation of thoroughly worked-out alien species, which are very different from humans both physically and mentally, is recognized as one of Niven's main strengths.
Niven also often includes elements of detective fiction and adventure stories. His fantasy includes The Magic Goes Away series, which utilizes an exhaustible resource, called Mana, to make the magic a non-renewable resource.
Niven created an alien species, the Kzin, which were featured in a series of twelve collection books, the Man-Kzin Wars. He co-authored a number of novels with Jerry Pournelle. In fact, much of his writing since the 1970s has been in collaboration, particularly with Pournelle, Steven Barnes, Brenda Cooper, or Edward M. Lerner.
He briefly attended the California Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics (with a minor in psychology) from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, in 1962. He did a year of graduate work in mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has since lived in Los Angeles suburbs, including Chatsworth and Tarzana, as a full-time writer. He married Marilyn Joyce "Fuzzy Pink" Wisowaty, herself a well-known science fiction and Regency literature fan, on September 6, 1969.
Niven won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story for Neutron Star in 1967. In 1972, for Inconstant Moon, and in 1975 for The Hole Man. In 1976, he won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette for The Borderland of Sol.
Niven has written scripts for various science fiction television shows, including the original Land of the Lost series and Star Trek: The Animated Series, for which he adapted his early Kzin story The Soft Weapon. He adapted his story Inconstant Moon for an episode of the television series The Outer Limits in 1996.
He has also written for the DC Comics character Green Lantern including in his stories hard science fiction concepts such as universal entropy and the redshift effect, which are unusual in comic books.
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