Sunday, 20 March 2016
Merseian religion -
"As the God is Sire to the Patriarch..."
-Larry Niven, Ed., Man-Kzin Wars III (New York, 1990), p. 57.
Merseian social organization -
"...the officer is the hand of the Sire." (ibid.)
and Ythrian religion -
"...the Patriarch bares stomach to the fangs of the God..." (ibid.)
Also, a reference to "'...feral humans in the mountains...'" (p. 58) might remind us that the Draka describe free human beings as feral serfs.
My point of course is not that one work merely imitates the others but that all of these works are worthy of our attention. Kzinti are not just Merseians with feline features instead of green skins. Ythrian psychology and social organization reflect alien biology and physiology. And the Draka are what human beings might become! Read them all.