The World of Ptavvs Larry Greenberg s telepathic tendencies had been trained and developed to a critical level The trouble was that if these psychic interchanges were strong enough a man could end up not knowing who he

  • Title: The World of Ptavvs
  • Author: Larry Niven
  • ISBN: 9780708880135
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Larry Greenberg s telepathic tendencies had been trained and developed to a critical level The trouble was that if these psychic interchanges were strong enough, a man could end up not knowing who he really was.And when Larry s mind is taken over by a sinister alien force, he has to fight to retain his sanity and divert a disaster that threatens all MankindThe brilliLarry Greenberg s telepathic tendencies had been trained and developed to a critical level The trouble was that if these psychic interchanges were strong enough, a man could end up not knowing who he really was.And when Larry s mind is taken over by a sinister alien force, he has to fight to retain his sanity and divert a disaster that threatens all MankindThe brilliant first novel by the Hugo and Nebula award winning Larry Niven, author of Ringworld, co author of The Mote in God s Eye and Lucifer s Hammer.Cover illustration by Peter A Jones.

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    1. World of Ptavvs was Niven's first novel, and is set in his Known Space universe. I believe he introduced several of his famous alien species in this one, many of whom are unapologetically more interesting than the humans with whom they interact. It first appeared over fifty years ago, but I believe it's still a good hard-sf story, fast paced and packed with mind-expanding concepts.

    2. World of Pshaw I mean, PtavvsReread this recently during one of my many "Niven" binges. This is one of Niven's first novels (converted from a serial?) and it is NOT really one of his best.The World Of Ptavvs is in Larry Niven's Known Space universe but is a stand alone adventure. You get to see some aliens & alien tech from the "early days" of the galaxy. As usual with Niven, there are lots of cool scientific ideas for the most-part well developed. Lots of space travel, hi-tech gadgets, alie [...]

    3. Niven is one of the real reliable science-heavy sci-fi writers--always exploring what might be legitimately possible. The funky ideas come at you awfully fast in this one. And the science is always plot-critical. To pick one example and leave the rest: the third act here is a big space chase within the solar system, and in a blessed antidote to Star-Wars-style fighter jet flying, the ships act as though they're in a vacuum crossing vast distances. You burn the engines as hard as you can until ha [...]

    4. This was Niven's first novel and rather oddly remains my favourite of the ones he wrote by himself. His ability to come up with imaginative concepts and tie them all together persuasively is already in place, and here he invents various alien species, in particular the thrintun, but also the tnuctipun and the bandersnatchi.Some of his aliens (the Pak, the kzinti, the puppeteers) became an enduring part of his world and appeared in multiple books, but I think he never returned to the thrintun, pa [...]

    5. World of Ptaavs was Larry Niven's first novel, published in 1966, and with its 2106 setting it is one of the first stories chronologically in the Known Space canon. It is clearly a weak work, and offers only hints of the wonderful ideas that Niven was to write about only a year later.The novel begins two billion years before the present with the alien Kzanol, a member of the Thrintun race. This race had the ability to control others telepathically and are the Slavers mentioned in later Known Spa [...]

    6. "World of Ptavvs? Oh, that's one of the good ones, before he started co-authoring boring crap with Jerry Pournelle. So, there's this alien with mind-control powers who's been frozen in stasis at the bottom of the sea for, you know, a zillion years since his ship crashed What? sure, another Margharita would be great. Ah, so of course the alien wakes up, and he takes over the mind of this human and escapes and oh, thanks! Cheers. Now where was I? Had I got to the bit where they set Pluto on fire? [...]

    7. This was Niven's first novel, and I was not expecting too much. I was wrong. Read this book! You won't regret it.

    8. I'm reading this to learn the craft. I'm interested in how Niven deals with expository since his alien creatures and cultures are indeed very alien. I'm also interested in how he deals with explaining the aspects of every day human life that are futuristic and so different from ours. He has a way of talking about such things (like slidewalks, for instance) that succeeds in explaining/introducing them without becoming tedious. Great little yarn, not exactly a classic of science fiction but a real [...]

    9. The World of Ptavvs concerns the re-awakening from stasis of an ancient alien who has the power of mind control, so when a human psychic tries to use a mind-to-mind contact machine to communicate it all goes a bit wrong. The alien escapes from stasis and goes on a chase across the solar system looking for something he left in his other stasis suit. That something, if he finds it, would spell enslavement for the population of earth.Early Niven like this is big on ideas, big on science, full of pl [...]

    10. This is a fun, pulpy scifi read. Lots of silliness and adventure with a dash of science thrown in. As a bonus there are references to Niven's other material and other scifi of the era. And it'll make you think, but only a little bit. Overall a really fun read.

    11. I so shouldn't give this a 5, quite, but I love the story and fictional-universe history. So so fun.Writing alone should stop it from being a 5, but screw it.

    12. After reading a few of the Ringworld books, I'm trying to catch up on Niven's "Known Space" books. This one was okay, but not great.

    13. Niven again. One of the three pre-Ringworld books that give you a lot of background information about the Known Space. This was a solid scifi story. I don't know why but it felt a bit confusing at times but fun to read none the less. And anyway this has the trade mark Niven humor and fluent story telling. Not a superb book as such but gives a lot of information about the Known Space.I highly recommend reading this if you are going to read the Ringworld series.

    14. third read - December 1989 - just felt like reading some Nivensecond read - August 1982 - while in grad schoolfirst read - January 1976 - while college student

    15. started: 2017-03-05.Mar.Sun 15:55:20finished: 2017-03-08.Mar.Wed 14:11:55 duration: 6h:53mnarrated by: Andy Caploe

    16. I had this one from one of our many book Fair runs and and after reading 'Protectors" figured I should knock this one out while some of the Known Space info was still fresh. On one hand, it's not my favorite Niven book it has all his quirks and style but with three times the scatter brained randomness. On the other hand it made for a pretty good adventure, like the basic idea could be pasted into a D&D setting or even in a more RL setting and it'd make for some interesting interplay between [...]

    17. Since I had read Ringworld, I was more interested in The World of Ptaavs than I think I otherwise would have been.The story is simple and straight to the point. A statue is recovered from the deep sea and is suspected to be an alien frozen in stasis. Scientists conduct an experiment to unfreeze the alien. They release the alien, Kzanol, a thrintun, who crash-landed on Earth about two billion years ago. However, it all goes terribly wrong. Larry Greenburg, a telepath, is taken over by Kzanol's mi [...]

    18. I love the concept of Mind Control and feel Niven has done a great job of exploring this in World of Ptaavs. Because I am a Niven fan and Ringworld is my favourite book, and because I'm a writer, I wanted to see Larry's first published book. It was highly entertaining and i could not put it down. I would give it a 3.5 if i could.This is essentially a short story. It's not really a novel. And as a result it lacks the depth a full length novel would enjoy. The first half of the book is engaging an [...]

    19. I keep clicking close instead of save. Also this review interface doesn't work in chrome. He is totally obsessed with hypnotism, to an embarrassing extent. An amateur hypnotist can get a hardened police chief to starve himself to death and shit his pants.Also, can we talk about how a ten year old wrote this shit? Some mind-controlling alien has killed and maimed hundreds and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage but we're not going to, I don't know, kill him with overwhelming [...]

    20. While I _LOVE_ this author and his universe, I recently re-read this novel and found it a bit "sub-par" compared to many of his other works. It's an OK read and goes pretty fast, but just a bit more clunky than a lot of his other works. Neat ideas though.I would say "not his best effort", but I just went back to see when it was written. Turns out to have been one of his first Clearly he developed as a writer over time. Mind you _I_ would have been very pleased with myself if I'd turned this out, [...]

    21. This is one of Larry Niven's lesser known novels, and I had actually put off reading it for some time since I figured if it was lesser known it was probably not one of his better novels (and though I love his good novels, he has also had a couple that I've *really* not liked). Having read it, however, I think it's one of his best: retaining the strong flavour of science, with a much tighter and constantly twisting plot line. It had me from start to finish, as trite and hackneyed as I know that s [...]

    22. Surprisingly good, given how whimsically goofy the plot it. 2014: Something that struck me, rereading it for the first time in a while -- The plot hinges on spaceships listening to each other's radio messages. There's something charmingly anachronistic about a spacefaring civilization that doesn't encrypt communication as a matter of course. There's a reference stuck late in the book to "social norms against the use of code", but this is a feeble defense by the author. (I am unsure if this refer [...]

    23. Classic, straightforward sci-fi, set sometime in "the future". It took a few pages to get past some odd terminology and names, but then I really got into this story, which is Niven's first novel. Engaging characters, cool ideas, and I was even able to look past the fact that this must have been written (1966? that wasn't known back then?) before it was widely known that Neptune was not a solid planet (either that or he didn't do his research ;) ). Highly recommend this quick read.

    24. Chronologically the first of Niven‘s Known Space books, and also his first published novel. An alien who has been frozen in stasis for eons is awoken. He comes from a former master race (quite literally) and poses a grave danger to humanity.Solid adventure SciFi with some very clever concepts.Note: Various editions have the title with or without initial “The”okssboch/?p=1018

    25. The Slavers were a species that ruled our galaxy long ago. They died out about a billion years ago (you can read the reason for this in other Niven stories). Earth was once a farm world of the mighty Slaver empire. Anyway, somebody uncovered the last remaining Slaver on earth. The Slaver was frozen in stasis. Once they brought him out of stasis he proceeds to enslave people.

    26. Okay book, wouldn't read again. Maybe it was the (oldfashioned) Dutch translation, but I had a hard time keeping up with who was who and what ship did what.Funny coincidence was that while I read about their space race to Pluto, there was the real world fly-by of Pluto.

    27. Niven always poses such interesting thought experiments on alien contact and ways in which alien thought process could be so different than human. I read this book in chunks, and think I would have been better to sit down and read through and really think. Not bad, though.

    28. World of Ptavv's is set in Larry Niven wonderful future world where humans are subject to the whims of many different alien races. In this case, a member of a race that wants to subjugate humankind as slaves. A good read and lots of fun.

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