By Larry Niven
The area named Mount Lookitthat was once by no means intended for humans--it was once shrouded in deadly mists. lifestyles existed simply on one plateau, unreachable other than from house. 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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Surely the puppeteer would be easier to deal with than the racially paranoid Trinocs, or the Kzinti with their hair-trigger killer instincts, or the sessile Grogs with their ... disturbing substitute for hands. The sight of the puppeteer had jarred loose a whole attic-full of dusty memories. Mixed with data on the puppeteers and their commercial empire, their interactions with humanity, their sudden and shocking disappearance—mixed with these were the taste of Louie's first tobacco cigarette, the feel of typewriter keys under clumsy, untrained fingers, lists of Interworld vocabulary to be memorized, the sound and taste of English, the uncertainties and embarrassments of extreme youth.
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