Author: Larry Niven
Original language: English
Publisher: Ballantine Books, 1973
Phssthpok the Pak had been traveling for most of his thirty-two thousand years. His mission: save, develop, and protect the group of Pak breeders sent out into space some two and a half million years before…
Brennan was a Belter, the product of a fiercely independent, somewhat anarchic society living in, on, and around an outer asteroid belt. The Belters were rebels, one and all, and Brennan was a smuggler. The Belt worlds had been tracking the Pak ship for days — Brennan figured to meet that ship first…
He was never seen again — at least not by those alive at the time.
The work fleshes out a species called the
Nominated for Hugo and Locus awards in 1974.