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The Man-Kzin Wars

Man-Kzin Wars: Book 1

Larry Niven
Poul Anderson
Dean Ing

You've been tempted by short stories about them, and mention of them as something in the distant past in novels like Ringworld. Now, here's the first a series of collected stories by various authors on the Man-Kzin Wars!

All of them.

This book opens with a short story by Larry Niven about the very first encounter of peaceful humans with the warlike kzinti - and how even peaceful people can create a weapon.

The second novella-length story is by master SF wordsmith Poul Anderson, who lends his unmistakeable style to a story about what happens when the kzinti get hyperdrive.

Dean Ings finishes the collection with another novella about what happens when a human gets hunted by armed kzinti in a wilderness - and it's not what you expect.

Contents:

  • 1 - Introduction (The Man-Kzin Wars) - essay by Larry Niven
  • 5 - The Warriors - [Known Space] - (1966) - shortstory by Larry Niven
  • 27 - Iron - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novella by Poul Anderson
  • 179 - Cathouse - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (1988) - novella by Dean Ing

Man-Kzin Wars II

Man-Kzin Wars: Book 2

Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle
S. M. Stirling
Dean Ing

Born and bred to hunting, they had never encountered a species they couldn't treat as prey - until they met the canny pseudo-pacifists from Planet Earth. They nearly overwhelmed humanity on first contact, but fast as you can say "Ghengis Khan" or "Alexander the Great" the seemingly harmless monkey boys were all over the pussycats like ugly on an ape, with space fleets and strategic thinking that left the Warrior Race quite dazzled.

But that was then and this is now.

The pain of lost battles has faded and the Kzinti are back, spoiling for a fight, Larry Niven's Known Space is again aflame with war.

Contents:

  • vii - Introduction (The Man-Kzin Wars II) - essay by Larry Niven
  • 3 - Briar Patch - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novella by Dean Ing
  • 136 - The Children's Hour - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novella by Jerry Pournelle and S. M. Stirling

Man-Kzin Wars III

Man-Kzin Wars: Book 3

Larry Niven

The Mind Slavers are back--and only the cat-like Kzinti can save mankind now. This volume includes all-new tales of Larry Niven's Known Space--including one by Niven himself. Another blockbuster in the ongoing chronicle of humanity's greatest war.

Contents:

  • 3 - Madness Has Its Place - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (1990) - novelette by Larry Niven
  • 37 - The Asteroid Queen - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novella by Jerry Pournelle and S. M. Stirling
  • 169 - Inconstant Star - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novella by Poul Anderson

Man-Kzin Wars IV

Man-Kzin Wars: Book 4

Larry Niven

Contents:

  • vii - Introduction: Man-Kzin Wars IV - essay by Larry Niven
  • 1 - The Survivor - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (1991) - novel by Donald Kingsbury
  • 245 - The Man Who Would Be Kzin - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (1991) - novella by Greg Bear and S. M. Stirling

Man-Kzin Wars V

Man-Kzin Wars: Book 5

Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle
S. M. Stirling
Thomas T. Thomas

After losing three significant battles to the humans, the Kzin begin to wonder if their combative diplomatic style is working and decide to reevaluate their strategy.

Contents:

  • 7 - In the Hall of the Mountain King - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novel by Jerry Pournelle and S. M. Stirling
  • 205 - Hey Diddle Diddle - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novella by Thomas T. Thomas

Man-Kzin Wars VI

Man-Kzin Wars: Book 6

Larry Niven

After two unpleasant defeats at the hands of the humans from Earth, the Kzin have decided a change of strategy is in order. Not scream and leap, but the more subtle feint and pounce.

Contents:

  • 3 - The Heroic Myth of Lieutenant Nora Argamentine - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novel by Donald Kingsbury
  • 257 - The Trojan Cat - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novella by Mark O. Martin and Gregory Benford

Man-Kzin Wars VII

Man-Kzin Wars: Book 7

Larry Niven

Bruno is pilot of a starship which is actually a gigantic weapon that may end the war with the Kzin with one swift stroke. But now three shiploads of Kzin are closing in on him and his lady....

Contents:

  • 1 - The Colonel's Tiger - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novella by Hal Colebatch
  • 79 - A Darker Geometry - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novel by Mark O. Martin and Gregory Benford
  • 309 - Prisoner of War - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novelette by Paul Chafe

Man-Kzin Wars VIII: Choosing Names

Man-Kzin Wars: Book 8

Larry Niven

The Kzin had learned of the existence of human-occupied space, a find that promised new technologies for the race, and new wealth for the fierce Kzin Warriors in the form of land, slaves... and food. Kzin had sent ships to probe the Solar System, expecting no danger from mere weed-eating apes. But the Warrior Race had underestimated monkey ingenuity, and the ships were destroyed by "peaceful" technology that the humans had hurriedly changed into weaponry.The surviving Kzin have been caged and are being studied. "For you, the war is over", the monkey-boys have told the Kzin. Incomprehensible to the Kzin, for whom no war is ever over. The humans are sure that the huge warcats cannot escape their prison. But there is something the humans do not realize. One of the Kzin is a telepath....

Contents:

  • 1 - Choosing Names - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (1998) - shortstory by Larry Niven
  • 17 - Telepath's Dance - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (1998) - novella by Hal Colebatch
  • 129 - Galley Slave - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (1996) - novelette by Jean Lamb
  • 159 - Jotok - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (1998) - novelette by Paul Chafe
  • 197 - Slowboat Nightmare - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (1998) - novella by Warren W. James

Man-Kzin Wars IX

Man-Kzin Wars: Book 9

Larry Niven

New weapons, new strategies and new leaders - the Kzin (warcats supreme) are on the march again and those contemptible humans had better watch out. Once again, it's howling time in Known Space.

Contents:

  • 1 - Pele - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (2001) - novella by Poul Anderson
  • 97 - His Sergeant's Honor - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novella by Hal Colebatch
  • 177 - Windows of the Soul - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novella by Paul Chafe
  • 269 - Fly-By-Night - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (2000) - novella by Larry Niven

Man-Kzin Wars X: The Wunder War

Man-Kzin Wars: Book 10

Hal Colebatch

The first colonists from Earth named the planet Wunderland. Generations later, the felinoid invaders called Kzin came and turned it into a hell for humans. Touched on in other accounts of the Man-Kzin wars, here is the decades long saga of Wunderland.

Contents:

  • 1 - One War for Wunderland - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (2003) - novel by Hal Colebatch
  • 147 - The Corporal in the Caves - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (2003) - novelette by Hal Colebatch
  • 181 - Music Box - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (2003) - novelette by Hal Colebatch
  • 299 - Peter Robinson - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (2003) - novelette by Hal Colebatch

Man-Kzin Wars XI

Man-Kzin Wars: Book 11

Larry Niven

The Kzin were the mightiest warriors in the galaxy, which they were wasting no time in conquering, one star system at a time. Then those feline lords of creation ran into those ridiculous weed-eating pacifistic apes who called themselves "humans." And the catlike Kzin found they had their collective tail caught in a meat grinder. When the mighty Kzin moved in to take over the monkey-infested worlds, they got clobbered. The humans, with their underhanded monkey cunning, turned communications equipment and space drives into weapons that cut the dauntless Kzin heroes into ribbons. And then those underhanded humans gained a faster-than-light drive, and no amount of screaming and leaping could keep the Kzin from losing their first war in centuries of successful conquest. But you can't keep a good warcat down, and the Kzin have by no means given up. New weapons, new strategies, and new leaders: Here they come again and those monkey-boys from Earth had better watch their backs. Once again, it's howling time in Known Space!

Contents:

  • 1 - Three at Table - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novelette by Hal Colebatch
  • 43 - Grossgeister Swamp - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novella by Hal Colebatch
  • 121 - Catspaws - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novella by Hal Colebatch
  • 269 - Teacher's Pet - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novelette by Matthew Joseph Harrington
  • 317 - War and Peace - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novelette by Matthew Joseph Harrington
  • 353 - The Hunting Park - [Man-Kzin Wars] - shortstory by Larry Niven

Man-Kzin Wars XII

Man-Kzin Wars: Book 12

Larry Niven
Matthew J. Harrington
Hal Colebatch
Paul Chafe

The Kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, had a hard time dealing with their ignominious defeat by the leaf-eating humans. Some secretly hatched schemes for a rematch, others concentrated on gathering power within the kzin hierarchy, and some shamefully cooperated with the contemptible humans, though often for hidden motives. In war and in uneasy peace, Kzin and Humans continue their adventures.

Contents:

  • 1 - Echoes of Distant Guns - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (2009) - shortfiction by Matthew Joseph Harrington
  • 15 - Aquila Advenio - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (2009) - shortfiction by Matthew Joseph Harrington and Hal Colebatch
  • 131 - The Trooper and the Triangle - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (2009) - shortfiction by Hal Colebatch
  • 149 - String - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (2009) - shortfiction by Hal Colebatch and Matthew Joseph Harrington
  • 197 - Peace and Freedom - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (2009) - shortfiction by Matthew Joseph Harrington
  • 227 - Independent - [Man-Kzin Wars] - (2009) - shortfiction by Paul Chafe

Man-Kzin Wars XIII

Man-Kzin Wars: Book 13

Charles E. Gannon
Jane Lindskold
Hal Colebatch
Alex Hernandez
David Bartell
Larry Niven

The perennially best-selling series set in Larry Niven's Man-Kzin universe continues with entry #13 including hard-hitting and thought-inducing tales from a host of talented contributors. The cat-like alien Kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, must learn to compromise with humans if they wish to survive and prosper once again as a species.

Larry Niven's bestselling Man-Kzin series continues! The kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, had a hard time dealing with their ignominious defeat by the leaf-eating humans. Some secretly hatched schemes for a rematch, others concentrated on gathering power within the kzin hierarchy, and some shamefully cooperated with the contemptible humans, though often for hidden motives. In war and in uneasy peace, kzin and humans continue their adventures with a masterful addition to the Man-Kzin Wars shared universe created by multiple New York Times best-seller, incomparable tale-spinner, and Nebula- and five-time Hugo-Award-winner, Larry Niven.

Contents:

  • Misunderstanding - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novelette by Hal Colebatch and Jessica Q. Fox
  • Two Types of Teeth - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novella by Jane Lindskold
  • Pick of the Litter - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novel by Charles E. Gannon
  • Tomcat Tactics - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novella by Charles E. Gannon
  • At the Gates - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novelette by Alex Hernandez
  • Zeno's Roulette - [Man-Kzin Wars] - novelette by David Bartell
  • Bound for the Promised Land - [Man-Kzin Wars] - short story by Alex Hernandez

Man-Kzin Wars XIV

Man-Kzin Wars: Book 14

Larry Niven

The perennially best-selling series set in Larry Niven's Man-Kzin universe continues with entry #14 including hard-hitting and thought-inducing tales from a host of talented contributors Hal Colebatch, Matthew Joseph Harrington, Alex Hernandez, Jessica Q. Fox, and more. The catlike alien Kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, must learn to compromise with humans if they wish to survive and prosper once again as a species.

Larry Niven's bestselling Man-Kzin series continues! The kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, had a hard time dealing with their ignominious defeat by the leaf-eating humans. Some secretly hatched schemes for a rematch, others concentrated on gathering power within the kzin hierarchy, and some shamefully cooperated with the contemptible humans, though often for hidden motives. In war and in uneasy peace, kzin and humans continue their adventures with a masterful addition to the Man-Kzin Wars shared universe created by multiple New York Times best-seller, incomparable tale-spinner, and Nebula- and five-time Hugo-Award-winner, Larry Niven.

Contents:

  • A Man Named Saul - [Man-Kzin Wars] - shortfiction by Hal Colebatch and Jessica Q. Fox
  • Heritage - [Man-Kzin Wars] - shortfiction by Matthew Joseph Harrington
  • The Marmalade Problem - [Man-Kzin Wars] - shortfiction by Hal Colebatch
  • Leftovers - [Man-Kzin Wars] - shortfiction by Matthew Joseph Harrington
  • The White Column - [Man-Kzin Wars] - shortfiction by Hal Colebatch
  • Deadly Knowledge - [Man-Kzin Wars] - shortfiction by Hal Colebatch
  • Lions on the Beach - [Man-Kzin Wars] - shortfiction by Alex Hernandez

Treasure Planet

Man-Kzin Wars: Book 15

Hal Colebatch
Jessica Q. Fox

A stand-alone novel in the best-selling Man-Kzin War anthology series created by multiple New York Times best seller Larry Niven. A young man and his Kzin friend seek technological bounty on a forbidden planet while in a race with Kzin space pirates willing to kidnap and kill to make the treasure their own.

A thrilling stand-alone novel addition to the long-running, popular Man-Kzin Wars series created by New York Times multiple best seller, Larry Niven.

"Ah, the wealth o' the treasure planet be beyond the dreams of Man or the hopes o' Kzin!"

On Wunderland, a generation after Liberation, memories of the bloody kzin conquest and Occupation have faded, and men and kzin live largely in peace. But the fabulous treasure of the kzin pirates, hidden on a distant world, remains a magnet for freebooters. Young Peter Cartwright and his kzinrett friend Marthar receive information and map from a most unlikely source and soon themselves fighting the most ruthless pirates in Known Space for an unimaginable prize.