Brennan was a Belter, the product of a fiercely independent, somewhat anarchic society living in, on, and around an outer asteroid belt. The Belters were rebels, one ...more
Hyperspace Shunt: "Protector" by Larry Niven
(Original Review, 1980-07-29)
Some apparent anomalies in Niven's "Protector".
I am reasonably comfortable with Larry Niven's "Known Space" universe, however I have just finished rereading "Protector" for the umpteenth time and I am somewhat disturbed by the apparent incompatibility with other "Known Space" stories.
The saga of Brennan the Belter and Phssthpok the Pak seems to enjoy a bit of cult status, and it’s easy to see why. It’s an enjoyable enough tale, with some nice surprises to keep things spicy. It also gets fairly technical, with ...more
The premise of Protector is pretty interesting, as are the protectors themselves. Niven covers a lot of logical & moral ground in this book. I was constantly asking myself if ...more
On the home planet, humans go through two life stages. First, they are Breeders. Breeders, as the name suggests, are only interested in h ...more
Take all the features of human senescence: wrinkled, leathery skin, teeth and hair falling out, heart failure, joints swollen from over-use. Now imagine that all of these features are signs not of a body breaking down, but the beginnings of a third-stage of human development: the super-strong, hyperintelligent "protector" stage.
The frailties of old age become the strengths of a ...more
Translation = Big concept, Hard SF that is a lot of fun. Recommended.
Nominee: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1974)
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1974)
I enjoy ...more
(After reading the 5 books of the Ringworld, I decided to read the related works in Larry Niven's Known Space universe. Protector figured largely in the unfolding of the Ringworld series and I thought it would be interesting to revisit this book. As such enterprises tend to do, it brought up memories of a youthful life and all the silly things one can get into. Like hitching a ride with the Pak, you never know where you'll wind up.)
So Protector is the book, also the race and the spaceship. The...more
Истината е, че не е ЧАК толкова лош, но за произведение на Нивън си е на практика посредствен. Не че няма някои прекрасни космологични идеи, които ми се всладиха... но извън това е малко... невпечатлителен. Едва ли има читател, който би бил втрещен от сюжет или герой - макар и написан по превъзходен начин, почти липсващата оригиналност е толкова нехарактерна за дедо Лари, че ми идва да ударя едни 2 звезди и аз.
Ако името на кори ...more
Larry Niven had a streak where he wrote some truly bad ass science fiction. His later stuff isn't as fun - somewhere along the way he stopped being original and started writing "like Larry Niven" - but for a while he was the best there was. Ringworld, World Out Of Time, and his short stories are all very good, and definitely worth checking out.
As for Pr ...more
One of my favorite Larry Niven books.
Fun concept, and I very much like the descriptions of interplanetary travel and interplanetary combat. Another reviewer here mentioned that this book managed to span a lot of time, distance, and ideas into a short novel, and that's both true and part of the charm of the book. The book isn't rushed, but it's efficient: there's no time for things that aren't directly related to the story. Like much h ...more
Larry Niven is best known for his Known Space series and it outgrowth, Ringworld. One of the majors players in Ringworld are the Protectors, beings of great strength, intelligence, and a homicidal desire to protect their offspring, the idiot hominids that are their offspring. Millennium before a colony had been sent to Earth and never reported back, so a childless Protector comes here to find out what happened. It finds a space faring civilization, someth ...more
Definitely worth a read if you are a sci-fi type, especially if you enjoy hard-sci-fi and/or have ever read any of the Known Space novels (e.g. Ringworld).
Set within Known Space, early on in the timeline - it spans both the Early Interstellar Era and the Intermediate Era. Humanity has begun colonizing a few other planets, but hasn't made first contact with aliens yet.
The three parts of the book also take place across time gaps - 200 years between Parts 1 & 2, and ...more
The first half of Protector was more interesting to me, because it told of the first meeting of human and alien, with each point of view represented. I enjoyed the alien minds that Vernor Vinge's created in Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky more, but the story of the Pak civilization, and Protector Phssthpok's outlook and motivations were set in a smaller, more focused setting than Vinge's, so ...more
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