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Copyright © 1973 by Larry Niven
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He sat before an eight-foot circle of clear twing, looking endlessly out on a view that was less than exciting.
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Part of the Known Space universe.
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Added: 30-Jun-2008
Last Updated: 20-Jul-2015


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Cir 01-Mar-1974
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Phssthpok the Pak has been travelling for most of his 32,000 years - his mission, to save, develop and protect the group of Pak breeders sent out into space some 2 1/2 million years before...

Brennan was a Belter, the product of a fiercely independent, somewhat anarchic society living in, on, and around the outer asteroid belt.  The Belters were rebels, one and all, and Brennan was a smuggler.  The Belt worlds has been tracking the Pak ship for days - Brennan figured to meet that ship first...

He was never seen again - at least not by those alive at the time.
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I learned about the Protectors from the Ring World series and had meant to read this book for a long while.  Finally got around to it after picking this one up at a half priced book store somewhere.

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 Larry Niven
Birth: 30 Apr 1938 Los Angeles, California, USA
Larry Niven is the pen name of Laurence van Cott Niven.  He was born in 1938 in California.  He received a Bachelor's of Science in mathematics from Washburn University in Kansas.  His first publication was "The Coldest Place" for If in 1964.  He has since written many books including those in his Tales of Known Space series which also began in "The Coldest Place".
From Beowulf's Children:

Born April 30, 1938 in Los Angeles, California. Attended California Institute of Technology; flunked out after discovering a book store jammed with used science fiction magazines.  Graduated Washburn University, Kansas, June 1962: BA in Mathematics with a Minor in Psychology, and later received an honorary doctorate in Letters from Washburn. Interests: Science fiction conventions, role playing games, AAAS meetings and other gatherings of people at the cutting edges of science. Comics. Filk singing. Yoga and other approaches to longevity. Moving mankind into space by any means, but particularly by making space endeavors attractive to commercial interests. Several times we’ve hosted The Citizens Advisory Council for a National Space Policy. I grew up with dogs. I live with a cat, and borrow dogs to hike with. I have passing acquaintance with raccoons and ferrets. Associating with nonhumans has certainly gained me insight into alien intelligences.


1974Locus MagazineBest SF Novel Nominee
1974World Science Fiction SocietyHugo Award - Best Novel Nominee
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