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* Another is "Leftovers" by Matthew Joseph Harrington, in which VillainSue Buford Early runs afoul of a rogue Protector. Seeing the most MagnificentBastard in Known Space forced to play "Hot/Cold" with a mutant supergenius is kind of like watching a Creator/{{Vathara}} character being told to StopHittingYourself. Perhaps the best stunt "Ursula" pulls is when Early manages to slip away for a moment, dials up one of his subordinates to warn them of the threat, only to find the screen's been shut off. "Ursula" then pops up behind him, clamps his mouth shut and says - in Early's (drunk!) voice - that said subordinate is a beautiful person, he should tell everyone, and the screen's off because he's naked.

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* Another is "Leftovers" by Matthew Joseph Harrington, in which VillainSue Buford Early runs afoul of a rogue Protector. Seeing the most MagnificentBastard in Known Space forced to play "Hot/Cold" with a mutant supergenius is kind of like watching a Creator/{{Vathara}} character being told to StopHittingYourself. Perhaps the best stunt "Ursula" pulls is when Early manages to slip away for a moment, dials up one of his subordinates to warn them of the threat, only to find the screen's been shut off. "Ursula" then pops up behind him, clamps his mouth shut and says - in Early's (drunk!) voice - that said subordinate is a beautiful person, he should tell everyone, and the screen's off because he's naked.


* Larry Niven's early writing is notable for his characters' witty dialogue and narration [[CasualDangerDialog even in the face of mortal danger]]. His CrowningMomentOfFunny from this period is the banter between Beowulf Shaeffer and Elephant in "Flatlander". However, in the 1980s, after ''Literature/TheRingworldEngineers'', CerebusSyndrome seemed to have set into Niven's style and it never quite recovered.

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* Larry Niven's early writing is notable for his characters' witty dialogue and narration [[CasualDangerDialog even in the face of mortal danger]]. His CrowningMomentOfFunny from this period is danger]], such as the banter between Beowulf Shaeffer and Elephant in "Flatlander". However, in the 1980s, after ''Literature/TheRingworldEngineers'', CerebusSyndrome seemed to have set into Niven's style and it never quite recovered.


'''Buford Early''': Are you serious? "[[LookBehindYou There’s someone behind you]]?" That’s the oldest trick in the book.\\

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'''Buford Early''': Are you serious? "[[LookBehindYou There’s someone behind you]]?" That’s the oldest trick [[TheOldestTricksInTheBook The Oldest Trick in the book.Book]].\\


* Larry Niven's early writing is notable for his characters' witty dialogue and narration [[CasualDangerDialog even in the face of mortal danger]]. His CrowningMomentOfFunny from this period is the banter between Beowulf Shaeffer and Elephant in "Flatlander". However, in the 1980s, after ''The {{Ringworld}} Engineers'', CerebusSyndrome seemed to have set into Niven's style and it never quite recovered.

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* Larry Niven's early writing is notable for his characters' witty dialogue and narration [[CasualDangerDialog even in the face of mortal danger]]. His CrowningMomentOfFunny from this period is the banter between Beowulf Shaeffer and Elephant in "Flatlander". However, in the 1980s, after ''The {{Ringworld}} Engineers'', ''Literature/TheRingworldEngineers'', CerebusSyndrome seemed to have set into Niven's style and it never quite recovered.


--->'''"Ursula"''': "All this stuff on the battlefield is going on because [[UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc a teenage French girl]] was prettier than her mother, who resented her and made her finish up some rye bread that had gone bad and should have been thrown away."

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--->'''"Ursula"''': "All All this stuff on the battlefield is going on because [[UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc a teenage French girl]] girl was prettier than her mother, who resented her and made her finish up some rye bread that had gone bad and should have been thrown away."\\
'''Buford Early''': Is that a serious explanation of UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc?\\
'''"Ursula"''': It explains the visions, and some of her work displays the behaviors of an abuse survivor. It’ll do.


'''Buford Early''': ([[OhCrap thinking]]) ''"I am the very model of a ModernMajorGeneral..."''

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'''Buford Early''': ([[OhCrap thinking]]) ''"I am the very model of a ModernMajorGeneral..."''"''
** There's a hilarious summary of UsefulNotes/TheHundredYearsWar, too;
--->'''"Ursula"''': "All this stuff on the battlefield is going on because [[UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc a teenage French girl]] was prettier than her mother, who resented her and made her finish up some rye bread that had gone bad and should have been thrown away."


'''"Ursula"''': “No amount of practice will create talent.”

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'''"Ursula"''': “No amount of practice will create talent.
** Aaand it all ends with a wimpering bang; Early ''finally'' gets his hands on a weapon...
--->'''Buford Early''': You missed one.\\
'''"Ursula"''': And you missed my companion.\\
'''Buford Early''': Are you serious? "[[LookBehindYou There’s someone behind you]]?" That’s the oldest trick in the book.\\
''(Kzin companion steals gun)''\\
'''"Ursula"''': Actually, the oldest trick in the book is kidnapping a couple of teenagers, brainwiping them, waking them up in a prepared habitat, and saying, "I made you out of dust and I made her out of one of your ribs."\\
''(Kzin companion aims stunner at Early)''\\
'''Buford Early''': ([[OhCrap thinking]]) ''"I am the very model of a ModernMajorGeneral..."''


* Among the ''Man-Kzin Wars'' stories, the only one intentionally written as a comedy is "String" by Hal Colebatch and Matthew Joseph Harrington, in volume XII. It even has a ShoutOut to ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' of all things.

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* Among the ''Man-Kzin Wars'' stories, one of the only one few intentionally written as a comedy is "String" by Hal Colebatch and Matthew Joseph Harrington, in volume XII. It even has a ShoutOut to ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' of all things.things.
* Another is "Leftovers" by Matthew Joseph Harrington, in which VillainSue Buford Early runs afoul of a rogue Protector. Seeing the most MagnificentBastard in Known Space forced to play "Hot/Cold" with a mutant supergenius is kind of like watching a Creator/{{Vathara}} character being told to StopHittingYourself. Perhaps the best stunt "Ursula" pulls is when Early manages to slip away for a moment, dials up one of his subordinates to warn them of the threat, only to find the screen's been shut off. "Ursula" then pops up behind him, clamps his mouth shut and says - in Early's (drunk!) voice - that said subordinate is a beautiful person, he should tell everyone, and the screen's off because he's naked.
-->'''Buford Early''': “Enthusiasm is no substitute for experience.”\\
'''"Ursula"''': “No amount of practice will create talent.”


-->'''Beowulf Schaeffer:''' We looked at each other, waiting. But there was nothing to say. Except, ''Elephant, look! We don't have a hull no more! Isn't that remarkable?''

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-->'''Beowulf Schaeffer:''' Shaeffer:''' We looked at each other, waiting. But there was nothing to say. Except, ''Elephant, ''[[CaptainObvious Elephant, look! We don't have a hull no more! Isn't that remarkable?''remarkable?]]''


* Larry Niven's early writing is notable for his characters' witty dialogue and narration even in the face of mortal danger. His CrowningMomentOfFunny from this period is the banter between Beowulf Shaeffer and Elephant in "Flatlander". However, in the 1980s, after ''The {{Ringworld}} Engineers'', CerebusSyndrome seemed to have set into Niven's style and it never quite recovered.
-->'''Beowulf Schaeffer:''' "How about that, Elephant! Our hull's evaporated!"

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* Larry Niven's early writing is notable for his characters' witty dialogue and narration [[CasualDangerDialog even in the face of mortal danger.danger]]. His CrowningMomentOfFunny from this period is the banter between Beowulf Shaeffer and Elephant in "Flatlander". However, in the 1980s, after ''The {{Ringworld}} Engineers'', CerebusSyndrome seemed to have set into Niven's style and it never quite recovered.
-->'''Beowulf Schaeffer:''' "How about that, Elephant! Our hull's evaporated!"We looked at each other, waiting. But there was nothing to say. Except, ''Elephant, look! We don't have a hull no more! Isn't that remarkable?''

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-->'''Beowulf Schaeffer:''' "How about that, Elephant! Our hull's evaporated!"


* Among the ''Man-Kzin Wars'' stories, the only one intentionally written as a comedy is "String" by Hal Colebatch and Matthew Joseph Harrington, in volume XII. It even has a ShoutOut to ''GirlGenius'' of all things.

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* Among the ''Man-Kzin Wars'' stories, the only one intentionally written as a comedy is "String" by Hal Colebatch and Matthew Joseph Harrington, in volume XII. It even has a ShoutOut to ''GirlGenius'' ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' of all things.

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