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WORLD OF PTAVVS
World of Ptavvs - the first book by Larry Niven. This novel is part of the series that got Larry Niven noticed - his "Known Space" series, noted for its complexity, optimism, and technological exuberance. Niven was taking the current forefront of science, embedding it in a consistent future history, and doing so with brilliance. He then went on to win awards for both novels and stories, becoming one of the biggest names in the SF field.
The Thrintun (a.k.a. "Slavers") dominated the galaxy through mental control long ago until brought down by a revolt of the races they enslaved. That war laid waste to solar systems, and none survived. Larry Greenberg is a psi-sensitive, working to communicate with dolphins. A physicist friend wanted to try an experiment with an artifact called the "Sea Statue." The experiment works, and the stasis field is unlocked to reveal a living Thrintum - Kzanol - and Larry finds himself inside the mind of a naturally telepathic Slaver with murderous inclinations toward all inferior organisms (such as Larry.) [Expanded from a shorter version in Worlds of Tomorrow March 1965.]