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The Man-Kzin Wars Mass Market Paperback – 31 Jan 1991

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (31 Jan. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671720767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671720766
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,885,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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." . . grimly funny . . . irony and heroics. . . ." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2000
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Reading this book, you have to wonder a) how the Kzin have managed to get into space into the first place and b)how humanity has survived that long into the future (hell, i'm surprised how humanity has managed to survive to the present, let along the future).An exellent book and for once no signof physics on the horizon.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec. 1996
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This is not the world's most serious or enlightening science-fiction, but it IS fun.

All three stories in this book are fun romps through the future and are well worth the time it takes to read them. All are epics of the struggle of man over nature and ferocious space-faring aliens.
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8 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 1999
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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Macintosh on 6 July 2011
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Book condition as described and delivered timeously. No complaints other than the fact only one story by Niven. The other two by different authors.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Man Meets his Match! 8 Jun. 2000
By Richard Rivera - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Revisiting the First Chapter 30 Mar. 2008
By Richard Schneider - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sexual tension between different species. 24 Mar. 2008
By Lord Douglias - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent read 22 May 2000
By Les Baldwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Like I say about most Niven stuff: Utterly cool. 24 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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