Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Man-Kzin Wars IX
"Pele" by Poul Anderson is slightly shorter than his previous Man-Kzin Wars stories, less than a hundred pages. It again features Robert Saxtorph and Peter Nordbo, now in business together.
The book also contains three stories by other authors, including the creator of the kzinti, Larry Niven. Thus, and not for the first time, Niven himself adds to this franchised sub-series.
The original Star Trek TV series wound up as just one period of a longer history - sandwiched between a prequel and several sequels in diverse media. Comparably, the fourteen volume Man-Kzin Wars can be read as a space war series in its own right or as part of a much longer history stretching from twentieth century interplanetary exploration to the Fleet of Worlds Trilogy and the Ringworld Tetralogy. But I will probably not read a lot more of Man-Kzin Wars than Anderson's three contributions.