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World of Ptavvs

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Copyright © 1966 by Larry Niven
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There was a moment so short that it had never been successfully measured, yet always far too long.
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But I'd give my soul if I could read minds for an hour, if I could pick the hour.
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Nothing quite prepared telepath Larry Greenberg for mind-to-mind contact with an alien.

In the interest of science, Larry tapped the mind of Kzanol - and that was his first mistake!

Kzanol was a thrint from a distant galaxy.  He had been trapped on Earth in a time-stasis field for two billion years.  Now he was on the loose, and Larry knew everything he was thinking.

Thrints lived to plunder and enslave lesser planets... and the planet Kzanol had in mind was Earth!
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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".
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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.


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