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Flatlander: The Collected Tales of Gil "The Arm" Hamilton (Known Space) (original: 1995; edição: 1995)

de Larry Niven (Autor)

Séries: Known Space (3a)

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Gil "The Arm" Hamilton was one of the top operatives of ARM, the elite UN police force. His intuition was unfailingly accurate, his detective skills second to none, and his psychic powers -- esper sense and telekinesis -- were awesome. Now you can read all the classic stories of the legendary ARM operative, collected in one volume for the first time -- plus, an all-new, never-before-published Gil Hamilton adventure!… (mais)
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Título:Flatlander: The Collected Tales of Gil "The Arm" Hamilton (Known Space)
Autores:Larry Niven (Autor)
Informação:Del Rey (1995), Edition: Reissue, 368 pages
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Avaliação:****1/2
Etiquetas:Cyberpunk

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Niven, Larry. Flatlander. Del Rey, 1995.
Flatlander brings together a group of Niven novellas featuring the somewhat psychic agent for ARM (Amalgamated Regional Militia), Gil the Arm. The stories are all classics of their kind and are must-reads for fans of science-fiction mystery mashups. For known-space newbies, a Flatlander is someone from Earth, which Gil is, though he managed to lose an arm in the asteroid belt. Many of the stories deal with the stealing of human organs for a burgeoning transplant industry and addiction to electronic implants that directly stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain. “Death by Ecstasy” is a good locked-room mystery with this theme. Of special interest in this edition is an essay in which Niven explains the difficulties of constructing stories that meet the often-conflicting demands of mystery plots and science fiction. Five stars for its narrow audience. ( )
  Tom-e | Jun 25, 2021 |
(Original Review, 1980-09-04)

Niven has linked many of the Known Space stories with genealogy.

In "World of Ptavvs" and some other stories focused on the Belt, we meet Martin Schaeffer, nicknamed "Little" or "Lit" because he is around seven feet tall. He has some marital problems: his wife doesn't get to Confinement Asteroid in time and the baby she is carrying hypertrophies and has to be aborted. Lit promises her that she can stay in Confinement until she gets pregnant again.

Beowulf Schaeffer belongs to a later era. I don't know whether he is Lit's son: perhaps more intervening generations are involved. Bey is a seven-foot-tall albino, a native of We Made It (or "Crashlander"). He is the hero of several short stories but to my continuing disappointment does not have his own novel.

In "Flatlander", Bey meets Sharrol Janss and they fall in love. In "Grendel", we learn that Sharrol cannot tolerate space travel. Bey is willing to relocate to Earth for her sake, but the Fertility Board refuses to grant him a Birthright because he is an albino. He and Sharrol both want children, so they "impose" on a mutual friend, a mathematical genius named Carlos Wu. Carlos lives with Sharrol for two years, fathering two children, Louis and Tanya. For those two years, Bey stays away from Earth, having an affair with a starship pilot named Margo something. Then he returns to Earth and presumably lives happily ever after with Sharrol and his two foster-children. No stories come from this period of his life. It has always struck me as peculiar that Louis Wu had never heard of the Long Shot, nor of Bey's odyssey to the galactic core in "At the Core". As a matter of fact, Louis only remembers that the galaxy is exploding as a vague fact from college. You would think that he would be more familiar with his foster father's exploits. Oh, well: I don't know in what order the stories were written, but I do appreciate how hard it is to hold a universe together. (One look at modern particle physics is enough to convince you that God is having a hard time with this one. "Oh, no, what am I going to do about THAT cludge? Maybe another meson...")

[2018 EDIT: This review was written at the time as I was running my own personal BBS server. Much of the language of this and other reviews written in 1980 reflect a very particular kind of language: what I call now in retrospect a “BBS language”.] ( )
1 vote | antao | Nov 13, 2018 |
Interesting mystery stories around a central character. Gill the ARM is an investigator who solves mostly murders.

Niven does a good job of showing us a creepy but logical world where human body part transplants are huge industry and social issue. His characters are likable or despicable as needed.

Definitely for adult reading. Good collection of stories. ( )
  ikeman100 | Nov 9, 2018 |
A collection of crime/SF cross-genre novellas featuring Gil 'The Arm' Hamilton.

Rather disappointing, but perhaps my expectations were too high. For many of them I found the solutions as baffling as the crimes. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Nov 7, 2018 |
Many years ago I played cyberpunk, we had a motto that ran something like "parts is money, dead people is parts, dead friends are parts". This is a book about what happens when criminals become parts, and the definition of criminal reflects how much people want new parts. If you can't get the parts there are people "Organleggers" willing to provide. Gil "The Arm" Hamilton works for ARM the elite UN police force. He lost his arm years ago and found that he could manifest a psychic arm, even after getting back an arm. This is a series of interlocking stories that are all about him doing his job and how he manages to get himself out of fixes using his brains and his arm.

A fun read, light and interesting. Although some of it is a little dated, it does sometimes read like a 50's detective novel in space, it's still a good engaging read. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jul 31, 2007 |
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Flatlander (ISBN 0-345-39480-1) is a 1995 anthology by Niven, all stories set in Known Space. It is the definitive collection of all stories by Niven about ARM agent Gil Hamilton.
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Gil "The Arm" Hamilton was one of the top operatives of ARM, the elite UN police force. His intuition was unfailingly accurate, his detective skills second to none, and his psychic powers -- esper sense and telekinesis -- were awesome. Now you can read all the classic stories of the legendary ARM operative, collected in one volume for the first time -- plus, an all-new, never-before-published Gil Hamilton adventure!

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