Collection of stories about the Man-Kzin Wars in Known Space Universe. Published in 1998. All stories republished from earlier anthologies.
Earth's "Golden Age" comes rapidly to an end as a human colony ship encounters the Kzinti for the first time.
Niven paints a picture of the peace-loving Sol system in the years before 2375, when the Kzin make their appearance known with a devastating attack. A few humans in ARM are able to piece together enough information and technology in advance to start secretly building Sol's defenses, but will it be enough?
This distant sequel to "The Children's Hour" pays homage to "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," as mistrustful human and Kzin work side-by-side in a gold mine and uncover an even deadlier treasure from the distant past.
Also published in Man-Kzin Wars V.
The Man-Kzin Wars (1988, Larry Niven, Poul Anderson, Dean Ing)
Man-Kzin Wars II (1989, Dean Ing, Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Stirling)
Man-Kzin Wars III (1990, Larry Niven, Poul Anderson, Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Stirling)
Man-Kzin Wars IV (1991, Donald Kingsbury, Greg Bear and S.M. Stirling)
Man-Kzin Wars V (1992, Thomas T. Thomas, Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Stirling)
Man-Kzin Wars VI (1994, Donald Kingsbury, Mark O. Martin and Gregory Benford)
Man-Kzin Wars VII (1995, Hal Colebatch, Paul Chafe, Mark O. Martin and Gregory Benford)
Man-Kzin Wars VIII: Choosing Names (1998, Larry Niven, Hal Colebatch, Jean Lamb, Paul Chafe and Warren W. James)
The Best of All Possible Wars: The Best of the Man-Kzin Wars (1998)
Man-Kzin Wars IX (2002, Larry Niven, Poul Anderson, Hal Colebatch, Paul Chafe)
Man-Kzin Wars X: The Wunder War (2003, Hal Colebatch)
Man-Kzin Wars XI (2005, Larry Niven, Hal Colebatch and Matthew Joseph Harrington)
Man-Kzin Wars XII (2009, Paul Chafe, Hal Colebatch and Matthew Joseph Harrington)
Man-Kzin Wars XIII (2012, Hal Colebatch, Jessica Q. Fox?, Jane Lindskold, Charles E. Gannon, Alex Hernandez and David Bartell)
Cathouse: A Novel of the Man Kzin-Wars (1990 Dean Ing)
The Children's Hour: A Novel of the Man-Kzin Wars (1991, Jerry Pournelle and S. M. Stirling)
Inconstant Star (1991, Poul Anderson)
A Darker Geometry (1996, Mark O. Martin? and Gregory Benford)
The Houses of the Kzinti (2002, Dean Ing, Jerry Pournelle, S. M. Stirling)
Destiny's Forge: A Man-Kzin Wars Novel (2007, Paul Chafe)
Annals of the Man-Kzin-Wars: An Unofficial Companion Guide (Alan Michaud?, 2001)