The Fourth Profession

Larry Niven
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The Fourth Profession


Spoiler alert

Story is set on earth, in the present, featuring an alien (1 species) and RNA pills to acquire new knowledge, see also "Rammer story by Niven. A bartender (not Rick Schumann) takes knowledge pills supplied by an alien known as a Monk, and is grilled by the U.S. secret service for information. He develops unusual mental powers, including some significant persuasive abilities, from taking a "prophet pill".

Definitely not one of my favourite Niven stories.

My rating system: I begin with one star being equivalent to a rating of "C -". Progressing upwards, I add ½ star for each step, up to the maximum 5 stars, which is equivalent to a rating of "A"+. I reserve ½ star for BOMBS, there being no option of zero or negative stars.