Saturday, March 14, 1970

Author - Niven, Larry

Me and Larry Niven at Balticon 50
Birth: April 30, 1938.

Death: Still alive and writing.

Comments: Larry Niven is a prolific American science fiction author, with a career that has spanned several decades. His most famous work is the Hugo Award winning novel Ringworld, set in his Known Space fictional universe (along with a large proportion of his other books, including Protector, Crashlander, Flatlander, The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton, the various Ringworld sequels, all of the Man-Kzin Wars anthologies, and several others). He has also coauthored several books, with numerous collaborations with Jerry Pournelle, and several more with either Steven Barnes or Edward M. Lerner. He is also a prolific short story writer, having produced numerous collections, mostly focusing on fairly hard science problems. He has also written an essay on the physics of a sexual relationship between Superman and Lois Lane titled Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex.

Niven is also famous for "Niven's Laws", the first of which is "Never throw shit at an armed man", which has the corollary "Never stand next to someone who is throwing shit at an armed man". Most of the rest of the laws are similarly irreverent but all are pretty much true and useful.


My reviews of Larry Niven's books:
Achilles' Choice (with Steven Barnes)
The California Voodoo Game (with Steven Barnes)
The Descent of Anansi (with Steven Barnes)
The Legacy of Heorot (with Steven Barnes and Jerry Pournelle)
World of Ptavvs

Other books by Larry Niven that I have read but not reviewed:
A Gift from Earth
A Hole in Space
A World Out of Time
All the Myriad Ways
The Barsoom Project (with Steven Barnes)
Convergent Series
Destiny's Road
Dream Park (with Steven Barnes)
Fallen Angels (with Jerry Pournelle and Michael Flynn)
The Flight of the Horse
Footfall (with Jerry Pournelle)
The Gripping Hand (with Jerry Pournelle)
Inferno (with Jerry Pournelle)
The Integral Trees
The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton
Lucifer's Hammer (with Jerry Pournelle)
The Magic Goes Away
The Magic May Return
The Mote in God's Eye (with Jerry Pournelle)
N Space
Neutron Star
Oath of Fealty (with Jerry Pournelle)
Playgrounds of the Mind
Rainbow Mars
The Ringworld Engineers
The Ringworld Throne
Ringworld's Children
The Smoke Ring
Tales of Known Space: The Universe of Larry Niven

Books edited by Larry Niven I have read but not reviewed:
The Man-Kzin Wars
Man-Kzin Wars II
Man-Kzin Wars III
Man-Kzin Wars IV
Man-Kzin Wars V
Man-Kzin Wars VI
Man-Kzin Wars VII
Man-Kzin Wars IX

Short fiction by Larry Niven appearing in works that I have reviewed:
Cloak of Anarchy found in TV: 2000
The Hole Man found in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 2
Inconstant Moon found in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 1

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