A Gift from Earth (Known Space) by Larry Niven

By Larry Niven

The realm named Mount Lookitthat used to be by no means intended for humans--it used to be shrouded in deadly mists. existence existed purely on one plateau, unreachable other than from area. however the disastrous determination to colonize the planet couldn't be reversed. So the settlers survived somehow--under a ruthless dictatorship.

Mount Lookitthat used to be rebellion-proof.

Then destiny dealt the colonists a wild card named Matthew Keller, who had a expertise that neither he nor anyone else knew about.

At final the colonists had a glimmer of hope!

First released 1968.

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It was quiet here with just the distant hum of the city through the open door, the sudden lurching motion as a teletype clattered loudly. On a bench against the rear wall six boys sat looking at him suspiciously, their searching eyes ready to fill with hatred. As he went toward the dispatcher he could hear their feet shifting on the floor and the squeak of the bench. He had to force himself not to turn and look as he waited, imitating patience, for the man to notice him. ” the dispatcher said, finally looking up, speaking through tight, pursed lips reluctant to give anything away, Make Room!

Murder . . ” Andy wasn’t impressed; the City of New York averaged seven murders a day, and ten on good days. “Let’s go see about it,” he said, and followed the doorman toward the elevator. “This is the one,” the doorman said, opening the hall door of apartment 41-E; cool air surged out, fresh on Andy’s face. Make Room! Make Room! ” He walked in and at once noticed the jimmy grooves on the inner doorjamb, looked beyond them to the long length of hall where the two people sat on chairs backed to the wall.

He stood and looked at the bathroom door. ” he asked. “No, sir. ” “You said she lives here. ” “She is—was Mr. O’Brien’s girl. She’s got nothing to do with this, no reason to have anything to do with it. He was her cracker and marge—” Realization hit and his shoulders slumped. “Mine too.

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