Flatlander: The Collected Tales of Gil The Arm Hamilton (Known Space Series)

Flatlander: The Collected Tales of Gil The Arm Hamilton (Known Space Series)

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by Larry Niven
     
 

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Gil "The Arm" Hamilton was one of the top operatives of ARM, the elite UN plice 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

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Gil "The Arm" Hamilton was one of the top operatives of ARM, the elite UN plice 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307556196
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/25/2009
Series:
Known Space Series
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
250,924
File size:
2 MB

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Flatlander 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Leofane More than 1 year ago
I'd like to start by saying that I have been a Larry Niven fan since my grade school days. He is one of my favorite authors, which is saying a lot as I am an avid reader of multiple genres. I read "Patchwork Girl" in Junior High and looked for a Gil Hamilton collection (and anything by Larry Niven) as soon as I got my nook. However, I am terribly disappointed with this eBook version. It is filled with typos and misspellings, nearly every page has 2 or 3 errors minimum. There is a huge hole in the center of the book, where pages 192-236 are missing. This makes the ending of "Patchwork Girl" a mystery unless you are lucky enough the have a hard copy as I do. Reading through the typos was difficult at times but usually you can make a good guess as to the altered word from the context. I'm guessing that some scanning device was used to convert the text, and no one bothered to check the sausage coming out the other end. I am hoping that I don't waste my money on other books with this level of quality. The actual stories told in this collection are very clever and relatively short, making this an excellent book for travel reading. As I said I am a big fan of Larry Niven and am sad to see such a horrible conversion effort.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Great read in the realm of known space
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A master of short form stry telling.
PatrickKanouse More than 1 year ago
A friend recommend the exploits of Gil Hamilton, ARM detective, to me. My own series is focused on a detective, so I like to read other science fiction detective stories. The five novellas/novelettes included here were written by Larry Niven between 1968 and 1995. The stories are: Death by Ecstasy The Defenseless Dead ARM The Patchwork Girl The Woman in Del Rey Crater Gil was born on Earth and emigrated to the Belt, where several years later he is injured in an explosion while trying to move an asteroid, losing his left arm. As he recovers and after, he learns he has  an imaginary arm that he can control--as if the sensation of the phantom limb turns into a real limb. The arm has limited strength, but nonetheless he has it (often using it as a trick in bars and at parties). Gil returns to Earth, where he receives an arm transplant and joins ARM (Amalgamation of Regional Militia), a UN police force specializing in hunting down organleggers. In Niven's future (at least as it is in the late 21st to early 22nd century), organs for transplant are in short supply, resulting in a thriving blackmarket of organleggers. Each of the stories is focused on a specific case. Death by Ecstasy involves an old friend who is found dead in his apartment in Los Angeles. Apparently, his friend starved to death as wirehead: a person who plugs directly in to stimulate the pleasure center of the brain. The Defenseless Dead involves what appears to be a random shooting at Gil. The case is more than it seems, of course. ARM is about the murder of Raymond Sinclair, a genius scientist. Sinclair is found with his latest device, a bubble that accelerates time. This story reminded me the most of what I am attempting to do with technology/science as a critical aspect of the crime. The Patchwork Girl finds Gil visiting the Moon for a conference on Lunar Law--specifically about items related to organ harvesting. An attempted murder against another representative implicates a long ago love of Gil's. The Woman in Del Rey Crater revolves around the body of a woman found in an irradiated crater wearing technology that is very old. In all of these stories, Gil works through toward the solution, often encountering roadblocks, but he is persistent and won't let go of the case until he's satisfied he has achieved justice. Niven is smart in that Gil's psychic arm never becomes a cheap trick. Gil sometimes seems more embarrassed about it than anything, though in The Patchwork Girl, Niven uses the arm to great effect. All of the stories deal in some way with organlegging and organ transplants. The overriding idea is that as organ transplants became ever more widespread, the volume of organs could not meet demand. The governments of Earth and the Moon created more and more draconian laws--capital punishment and organ harvesting. Other aspects of the world are touched on (birth laws on Earth, Belter chest plate designs). Richly complex, well-written, and interesting mysteries can be found throughout the book and in each of the stories. Very much worth reading.
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sstanley More than 1 year ago
Sounded good, but was a bit of a disappointment.
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