Telepath's Dance

Man-Kzin Wars VIII: Choosing Names Short story by Hal Colebatch published in Man-Kzin Wars VIII.

A sequel to Niven's "The Warriors", exploring what happened to Angel's Pencil after that initial deadly encounter with the kzinti. Even after they barely survive their violent encounter with the kzinti ship, the crew of the human slowship still can't quite believe the evidence of the wrecked ship before them, so total has been their conditioning to believe that war is solely a phenomenon of primitive races. It's only with an enormous amount of mental effort that they're able to break through that conditioning enough to process the evidence in front of their eyes instead of comfortably slipping a wall of denial between themselves and the facts.

Other stories about Angel's Pencil are The Colonel's Tiger and Fly-By-Night