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Known Space Future History:

The Man-Kzin Wars Series
Created and edited by Larry Niven*

Listings by Chronological Timeline, Volume, Author, and Title

Compiled by Spike R. MacPhee

Added Vol VIII to the Volume and Author lists 9/9/98

Man-Kzin Wars Chronological Listing

Stories by Timeline Chronology:


All timeline dates are derived from Donald Kingsbury's story references and use monkey calendar dating, After the Damning.

For a more detailed discussion of Known Space Timelines, especially Russell Martin's Man-Kzin Wars Timeline, go to the Known Space Timeline Page or Russell Martin's Man-Kzin timeline Version 2 with spoilers


Here's the condensed Russell Martin story sequencing version 1 with spoilers removed:

The Timeline (condensed version)

If you're not interested in a detailed justification of my dating, you 
may just want to read this part!

2341-51: _Protector_ by Larry Niven, 2nd half
2351: "The Warriors" by Larry Niven (MKW1)
2367: Kzin conquest of Wunderland
2375: "Madness Has Its Place" by Larry Niven, chapters 1 and 2 (MKW3)
Late 2370s, early 2380s: MHIP, chapter 3
"The Colonel's Tiger" by Hal Colebatch (MKW7) takes place about the same 
time
2385: the Kzin First Fleet 
2391: "The Man Who Would be Kzin" by Greg Bear and S.M. Stirling (MKW4); 
Kzin Second Fleet
2391-2435: "The Survivor" by Donald Kingsbury (MKW4)
2398: Kzin Third Fleet
Shortly after 2402: "Trojan Cat," by Gregory Benford and Mark O. Martin 
(MKW6)
2404: Kzin Fourth Fleet departs Alpha Centauri system for Earth; it 
arrives at Sol system (2410?) 
First decade of the 2400s: "A Darker Geometry" by Gregory Benford and 
Mark O. Martin (MKW7)
2410: _A Gift From Earth_ (TOKS and GLNR timelines); Outsiders sell 
hyperdrive to human colony on We Made It.
Late in the 2410's: "The Children's Hour" by Jerry Pournelle and S.M. 
Stirling (MKW2)
2420: "The Asteroid Queen" by Pournelle and Stirling (MKW3)
2420: End of the First Man-Kzin War
About 2421: "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Pournelle and Stirling 
(MKW5)
2433: the MacDonald-Rishshi Treaty 
2435-2439: "The Heroic Myth of Lt. Nora Argamentine," by Donald 
Kingsbury (MKW6)
2440: "Iron" (MKW1) and "Inconstant Star" (MKW3) by Poul Anderson 
2449-2475: Second Man-Kzin War (GLNR)
2491-2531: Third Man-Kzin War (GLNR)
2531: Kzin-ruled planet Canyon is annexed into Human Space (GLNR)
Between the Third and Fourth Wars: "Cathouse" (MKW1) and "Briar Patch" 
by Dean Ing (MKW2); "Hey Diddle Diddle" by Thomas T. Thomas (MKW5) 
2560-2584: Fourth Man-Kzin War (GLNR)
After the Fourth War: "Prisoner of War," by Paul Chafe (MKW7)

For Russell Martin's Version 2 with spoilers, go to

Here's my version of a Man-Kzin Wars Timeline, but Martin's timeline above is better researched, and I'll eventually delete this one.

The Colonel's Tiger [parts] - Hal Colebatch/75p/Vol VII
The Warriors - Larry Niven [reprint]/20p/Vol I
Madness Has Its Place - Larry Niven/32p/Vol III
The Colonel's Tiger [parts] - Hal Colebatch/75p/Vol VII
The Man Who Would Be Kzin - Greg Bear & S.M. Stirling/65p/Vol IV
[2391-2435] The Survivor - Donald Kingsbury/242p/Vol IV
The Trojan Cat - Mark O. Martin & Gregory Benford/54p/Vol VI
A Darker Geometry [sequel to The Trojan Cat] - Mark O. Martin & Gregory Benford/228p/Vol VII
[2408-2419] The Children's Hour - Jerry Pournelle & S.M. Stirling/171p/Vol II
[2420] The Asteroid Queen [sequel to Children's Hour] - Jerry Pournelle & S.M. Stirling/130p/Vol III
In the Hall of the Mountain King [sequel to The Asteroid Queen] - Jerry Pournelle & S.M. Stirling/196p/Vol V
[2435-2439] The Heroic Myth of Lieutenant Nora Argamentine [sequel to The Survivor] - Donald Kingsbury/252p/Vol VI
Iron - Poul Anderson/149p/Vol I
Inconstant Star [sequel to Iron] - Poul Anderson/142p/Vol III
Cathouse - Dean Ing/109p/Vol I
Briar Patch [sequel to Cathouse] - Dean Ing/130p/Vol II
Hey Diddle Diddle - Thomas T. Thomas/126p/Vol V
Prisoner of War - Paul Chafe/35p/Vol VII
[Entries after Inconstant Star are in approximate order. I haven't reread them yet for any solid dating hints. Let me know if you have any references in them to give them a better order. Email me at spiker#tiac.net - make the antispam correction before mailing.]

12/8/95 - Thanks to Kevin Foss for correcting two stories' placement, by noting "...in "A Darker Geometry" the Kzinti the protagonists run into are survivors of the Third Fleet on thier way back to Wunderland. This places the story somewhere in the same region as "The Children's Hour", or possibly before," I had originally placed them much further along due to one species in the stories, missing the 3rd fleet reference in my skim.


Man-Kzin Wars Volume Listing

Stories by Volume Number:


All volumes edited by Larry Niven and published by Baen Science Fiction in paperback.

Man-Kzin Wars I (published June 1988)

Introduction volume I - Larry Niven/3 pages
The Warriors - Larry Niven [reprint]/20p
Iron - Poul Anderson/149p
Cathouse - Dean Ing/109p


Man-Kzin Wars II (August 1989)

Introduction volume II - Larry Niven/3 p
Briar Patch [sequel to Cathouse] - Dean Ing/130p
The Children's Hour - Jerry Pournelle & S.M. Stirling/171p


Man-Kzin Wars III (August 1990)

Madness Has Its Place - Larry Niven/32p
The Asteroid Queen [sequel to Children's Hour] - Jerry Pournelle & S.M. Stirling/130p
Inconstant Star [sequel to Iron] - Poul Anderson/142p


Man-Kzin Wars IV (September 1991)

Introduction volume IV - Larry Niven/2p
The Survivor - Donald Kingsbury/242p
The Man Who Would Be Kzin - Greg Bear & S.M. Stirling/65p


Man-Kzin Wars V (October 1992)

In the Hall of the Mountain King [sequel to The Asteroid Queen] - Jerry Pournelle & S.M. Stirling/196p
Hey Diddle Diddle - Thomas T. Thomas/126p


Man-Kzin Wars VI (July 1994)

The Heroic Myth of Lieutenant Nora Argamentine [sequel to The Survivor] - Donald Kingsbury/252p
The Trojan Cat - Mark O. Martin & Gregory Benford/54p


Man-Kzin Wars VII (July 1995)

The Colonel's Tiger - Hal Colebatch/75p
A Darker Geometry [sequel to The Trojan Cat] - Mark O. Martin & Gregory Benford/228p
Prisoner of War - Paul Chafe/35p


Man-Kzin Wars VIII (Sept 1998)

Choosing Names - Larry Niven/13p
Telepath's Dance - Hal Colebatch/109p
Galley Slave - Jean Lamb/28p
Jotok - Paul Chafe/35p
Slowboat Nightmare - Warren W. James/83p


Man-Kzin Wars Author Listing

Stories by Author:


Poul Anderson - Inconstant Star [sequel to Iron]/142p/Vol III
Poul Anderson - Iron/149p/Vol I
Greg Bear & S.M. Stirling - Man Who Would Be Kzin, The/65p/Vol IV
Gregory Benford & Mark O. Martin - Darker Geometry, A [sequel to The Trojan Cat]/228p/Vol VII
Gregory Benford & Mark O. Martin - Trojan Cat, The/54p/Vol VI
Paul Chafe - Jotok/35p/Vol VIII
Paul Chafe - Prisoner of War/35p/Vol VII
Hal Colebatch - Colonel's Tiger, The/75p/Vol VII
Hal Colebatch - Telepath's Dance/109p/Vol VIII
Dean Ing - Briar Patch [sequel to Cathouse]/130p/Vol II
Dean Ing - Cathouse/109p/Vol I
Warren W. James - Slowboat Nightmare/83p/Vol VIII
Donald Kingsbury - [2435-2439] The Heroic Myth of Lieutenant Nora Argamentine [sequel to Survivor]/252p/Vol VI
Donald Kingsbury - [2391-2435] The Survivor/242p/Vol IV
Jean Lamb - Galley Slave/28p/Vol VIII
Mark O. Martin & Gregory Benford - Darker Geometry, A [sequel to The Trojan Cat]/228p/Vol VII
Mark O. Martin & Gregory Benford - Trojan Cat, The/54p/Vol VI
Larry Niven - Choosing Names/13p/Vol VIII
Larry Niven - Madness Has Its Place/32p/Vol III
Larry Niven - Warriors, The [reprint]/20p/Vol I
Jerry Pournelle & S.M. Stirling - [2420] Asteroid Queen, The [sequel to Children's Hour]/130p/Vol III
Jerry Pournelle & S.M. Stirling - [2408-2419] Children's Hour, The/171p/Vol II
Jerry Pournelle & S.M. Stirling - [2421] In the Hall of the Mountain King [sequel to Asteroid Queen]/196p/Vol V
S.M. Stirling & Greg Bear - Man Who Would Be Kzin, The/65p/Vol IV
S.M. Stirling & Jerry Pournelle - [2420] Asteroid Queen, The [sequel to Children's Hour]/130p/Vol III
S.M. Stirling & Jerry Pournelle - [2408-2419] Children's Hour, The/171p/Vol II
S.M. Stirling & Jerry Pournelle - [2421] In the Hall of the Mountain King [sequel to Asteroid Queen]/196p/Vol V
Thomas T. Thomas - Hey Diddle Diddle/126p/Vol V


Man-Kzin Wars Title Listing

Stories by Title:


]Asteroid Queen [sequel to Children's Hour] [2420} - Jerry Pournelle & S.M. Stirling/130p/Vol III
Briar Patch [sequel to Cathouse] - Dean Ing/130p/Vol II
Cathouse - Dean Ing/109p/Vol I
Children's Hour, The [2408-2419] - Jerry Pournelle & S.M. Stirling/171p/Vol II
Colonel's Tiger, The - Hal Colebatch/75p/Vol VII
Darker Geometry, A [sequel to The Trojan Cat] - Mark O. Martin & Gregory Benford/228p/Vol VII
Heroic Myth of Lieutenant Nora Argamentine, The [sequel to The Survivor] [2435-2439] - Donald Kingsbury/252p/Vol VI
Hey Diddle Diddle - Thomas T. Thomas/126p/Vol V
In the Hall of the Mountain King [sequel to The Asteroid Queen] [2421] - Jerry Pournelle & S.M. Stirling/196p/Vol V
Inconstant Star [sequel to Iron] - Poul Anderson/142p/Vol III
Iron - Poul Anderson/149p/Vol I
Madness Has Its Place - Larry Niven/32p/Vol III
Man Who Would Be Kzin, The - Greg Bear & S.M. Stirling/65p/Vol IV
Prisoner of War - Paul Chafe/35p/Vol VII
Survivor, The [2391-2435] - Donald Kingsbury/242p/Vol IV
Trojan Cat, The - Mark O. Martin & Gregory Benford/54p/Vol VI
Warriors,The - Larry Niven [reprint]/20p/Vol I


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