The alien Kzinti had almost conquered the humans, but after the initial surprise, the humans fought back with a ferocity the Kzinti had never faced. But that was centuries ago, and the humiliation of lost battles has not faded. The Kzinti are back . . . and spoiling for a fight! Includes stories by Larry Niven, Dean Ing, Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Stirling.
Mass Market Paperback, 306 pages
August 15th 1989
(first published 1989)
This is the first sequel to Larry Niven’s (well, as funder of the series) Man-Kzin Wars, set in a time many millennia in the future in which a race of large bellicose catlike creatures (The Kzin) wages war on mankind, and generally loses. Well, there are many things that can happen in a war, and as seen in the first volume (see my review), interspecies – uh – communication and other forms of intercourse can have wide reaching, complicated effects.
This volume consists of two novellas. The first,This is the first sequel to Larry Niven’s (well, as funder of the series) Man-Kzin Wars, set in a time many millennia in the future in which a race of large bellicose catlike creatures (The Kzin) wages war on mankind, and generally loses. Well, there are many things that can happen in a war, and as seen in the first volume (see my review), interspecies – uh – communication and other forms of intercourse can have wide reaching, complicated effects.
This volume consists of two novellas. The first, “Briar Patch,” by Dean Ing, is sort of a continuation of the story from the first volume, “Cathouse,” in which the plucky, intrepid Earthian, Locklear, leaves the Kzin area of the planet Zoo, “Kzersatz,” for a human/humanoid area, “Newduvai,” and there awakens a number of Neanderthal folks, along with animals, in stasis for some 40,000 years. He had done the same thing at Kzersatz. So we have further interactions between Kzin and humans/humanoids, with both aggressive and cooperative results.
The second, “The Children’s Hour, by Jerry Pournelle and S. M. Sterling, refers to the planet Wunderland, once conquered by the Kzin, with humans that had been unable to escape the planet sort of enslaved; quite a few generations have passed since the conquering, so there is a sort of uneasy peace between masters and slaves/servants, including some humans in fairly influential positions. There is a new Kzin commander, Chuut-Riit, with bellicose plans towards Earth, and so two equally plucky Earthians, Josiah Matheson and Ingrid Raines, are dispatched to infiltrate Wunderland and assassinate Chuut-Ritt. Interestingly, there are some descriptions of Chuut-Riit’s home life, with his brood of youth of various age ranges, and their relationships amongst each other. There are also a couple of very interesting characters here, notably Claude Monferrat-Palme, Director of Internal Affairs, and Harold Yarthkin, owner of a pub which is a meeting place for all sorts of riff-raff and clandestine chicanery. The relationship between Harold and Claude certainly appears to bring to mind Humphrey Bogart and Claude Raines; plus the pub (well, it’s also reminiscent to the bar on Tatooine from “Star Wars”), plus the relationships among these characters and our plucky heroes is most certainly a homage to “Casablanca.” Unfortunately, that said, I found the reading of this selection to be plodding and difficult, which took away from the otherwise enjoyable plotline.
No matter, I have five more at hand, with the rest on order. Oh yeah, time for The Ringworld Throne afore tackling the next Man-Kzin volume. ...more
This book really starts off the Man Kzin wars anthologies - since really only the introduction is by Larry Niven the rest are done by other authors as part of the shared universe. the stories really start to examine the relationship of the more ferocious technically advanced Kzini and the humans who they just don't seem to be able to put down. The story Children's Hour was so well received that it was later published as its own book as part of the extended anthology series.
Excellent SiFi stories set in Larry Niven's Known Space universe. Dean Ing continues the adventures of Locklear in "Briar Patch", Jerry Pournelle & S. M. Stirling write and extremely interesting espionage story in "The Children's Hour". Overall a great read with excellent SiFi background and concepts. Very recommended.
A long running anthology series with stories set during the Man-Kzin Wars in Larry Niven’s Known Space universe. Niven started this thing up because while the Wars were very significant in the history of Known Space, he himself was not adept at writing about conflict. Niven has written some of the stories but most are by other authors. The writing ranges from average to excellent. Recommended if you are a fan of Known Space.
Niven shares out his Man-Kzin (humanoid, sentient felinids) Wars world with other writers with fairly good results. I wish I'd dug Vol I out first to refresh my memory of the overall universe. The Casablanca references in "A Children's Hour" seemed a bit superfluous to the actual story.
Second 3 story collection of short novellas by Larry Niven and friends about the Man-Kzin wars set over the course of the 4 wars. The first story of this book, "The Houses of Kzin" picks up where the story "CatHouse" left off in the previous book. Really good! If you enjoyed the first volume, you'll love this one.
A good continuation of the series. The first story leaves off where the second story of the first book leaves off, and the second story gives some background on the first story of the first book. Both were enjoyable, though the second story of this book was a bit tedious at the beginning.
Known space grows and expands with the help of all the big names in sci-fi. The collaboration found here is impressive and fresh while remaining faithful to, and consistent with the original story. It just keeps getting better.
Laurence 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 strengthsLaurence 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.
In addition to his awards for Ringworld, Niven won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story for "Neutron Star" in 1967. He won the same award 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 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.