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Author: Niven, Larry

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This retrospective collection of stories from all phases of Niven's writing career is rich with gossip, storytelling vigor, and sheer science-fictional play.


Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9780765318244
SKU 203831529
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0765318245
Release Date 8/21/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6L x 1.5T
Author Info
Larry Niven
Laurence van Cott Niven was perhaps the first bright light of the science fiction sub-genre of "hard science." His work has focused on technological possibilities and how humans (or, more accurately, their descendants) might relate to those possibilities. Somewhat atypically for hard science writers, Niven flunked out of his first attempt at higher education, the California Institute of Technology. In 1962 though, he graduated with a B.A. in mathematics from Washburn University in Kansas, and two years later published his first science fiction, a short story called "The Coldest Place." This story was the first in what would become the umbrella for most of Niven's writing, the Tales of Known Space. This series--consisting of a number of award-winning short stores and more than 10 novels, including the Hugo and Nebula award-winner and science fiction classic RINGWORLD--traces the development of the universe from approximately 9 billion years B.C. to A.D. 120,000, though most of it is centered between 2000 and 3000. This series was one of the first, and remains one of the best, examples of a cohesive "future history" in all of fiction. While most of Niven's solo writing has been set within this series, he has written numerous collaborations outside of it--with Steven Barnes and Jerry Pournelle, among others. Though his writing has been criticized for right-wing tendencies (most obviously in the Pournelle collaborations THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE and OATH OF FEALTY), few authors have had Niven's skill at rendering hard science elements and plain old exciting adventures with such convincing ease. His influence has been instrumental in the popularity and continued success of the hard science fiction styles of Greg Bear and others.
From the Publisher
Annotation This is a huge collection of Niven's short stories, including award winners like "Inconstant Moon" and "The Hole Man", excerpts from his novels, including "Protector" and "Ringworld", and nonfiction, along with appreciations by other science fiction writers and an introduction by Tom Clancy.
Editors Note This retrospective collection features excerpts from some of the author's acclaimed novels, classic tales of science fiction such as "Inconstant Moon" and "The Hole Man," previously uncollected works including the novellas "Brenda" and "The Kiteman," and essays, anecdotes, and observations. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Editors Note 2 Arthur C. Clarke was once asked to name his favorite writer. His answer was "Larry Niven." Countless others agree. The Baltimore Sun and Kirkus Reviews have both dubbed Niven "the premier writer of hard SF," and Gregory Benford has hailed him as "the paradigm of SF personality of the last several decades."Now Larry Niven presents us with his undisputed masterwork. N-Space contains, very simply, the best SF of his career--marvelous fiction, a wealth of anecdotes and gossip, plus Niven's own special brand of wit and excitement. N-Space includes: *Excerpts from some of Niven's most loved novels, including The World of Ptavvs, a Gift from Earth, Ringworld, and The Mote in God's Eye *His bets short fiction, including "Bordered in Black," "The Fourth Profession," "Madness Has Its Place," and many others  *Quips like the ever growing list of "Niven's Laws" *Notes from Niven describing his inspirations and building blocks for his writing. *And an introduction by Tom Clancy, one of Niven's biggest fans.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0534
Publisher Tor Books

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