Books by Larry Niven

Larry started writing in the 60s and is now considered one of the grand masters of hard science fiction. To learn more about his life, and the stories he has written, and the awards that they have won, try clicking on the "Biography" link above. 2003 sho


SHIPSTAR by Gregory Benford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"With the welcome influx of new ideas, a definite improvement on Volume 1."
The promised sequel to Bowl of Heaven (2012), in which a starship containing would-be colonists encounters a vast bowl-shaped construct that's being steered toward the same destination, using an entire star as its engine. Read full book review >
THE GOLIATH STONE by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 25, 2013

"A brilliantly crafted yarn that also manages to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller. And funny. Laugh-out-loud funny. What are you waiting for?"
New collaboration about nanotechnology from Harrington (author of several stories set in universes created by Niven) and the vastly influential creator of the Ringworld series, etc. Read full book review >
BOWL OF HEAVEN by Gregory Benford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"BDO or BSO, there's nothing wrong with the hardware; it's the wetware that's disappointingly deficient."
The first full-length collaboration from Niven (Fate of Worlds, 2012, etc.) and Benford (The Sunborn, 2005, etc.), featuring a science-fiction trope, the Big Dumb Object—or, as the authors distinguish it, a Big Smart Object since it's dynamically stable, as opposed to passively stable like Niven's BDO, Ringworld. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"A book best appreciated by fans who relish the minutest details of the Ringworld universe."
The next addition to the increasingly abstract and abstruse prequel to the Ringworld saga (Betrayer of Worlds, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MOON MAZE GAME by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

From the authors of Dream Park (2010, etc.), a sort of thriller set in 2085 within a Live Action Role Playing game staged on the Moon.

Thoroughly colonized and itching for independence, the Moon will host a huge and prestigious LARP whose lunar adventure-park setting, enhanced with holographic details, VR technology, special effects and actors, features a plot loosely based on H.G. Wells's First Men in the Moon, the whole thing to be broadcast in real time to an audience of billions. Gamesmaster will be the legendary, irascible Xavier; the gamers will include Wayne Gibson and Angelique Chan, old rivals of Xavier's, and young Ali, whose father is Abdul, President for Life of the Republic of Kikaya, plus Ali's bodyguard Scotty Griffin, an old lunar hand and gamer. Read full book review >

DESTROYER OF WORLDS by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Old-fashioned cerebral science fiction, with a huge array of fascinating aliens, subtle interactions between them and knotty problems for them to solve."
Wrap-up of the far-future trilogy (Juggler of Worlds, 2008, etc.) set 200 years before the discovery of Niven's ever-popular Ringworld. Read full book review >
JUGGLER OF WORLDS by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"The book's first half rehashes, from another point of view, several of Niven's Known Space stories from way back, and the rest isn't much better: slow-turning wheels within wheels within wheels."
Another collaborative prequel (Fleet of Worlds, 2007) to Niven's enduringly popular Ringworld yarns. Read full book review >
BUILDING HARLEQUIN’S MOON by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2005

"Despite many agreeable details, there's little to be done with such a far-fetched and overelaborate setup; practically from page one the narrative settles into a comfortable rut and thereafter stays its entirely predictable course."
First full-length outing for these long-time collaborators, in Niven's (Ringworld's Children, 2004, etc.) world-building tradition—literally. Read full book review >
RINGWORLD’S CHILDREN by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2004

"An involving and engrossing addition to one of science fiction's grand sagas."
The fourth and seemingly last visit to Niven's spectacular ring-shaped space habitat (The Ringworld Throne, 1996, etc.), whose livable surface area is three million times that of planet Earth. Read full book review >
SATURN’S RACE by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 14, 2000

Power struggles in a near-future world of privileged floating islands, desperate third-world billions, ninjas, intelligent dolphins, and sharks with arms and computer brains: from the authors of Achilles' Choice (1991). Read full book review >

THE BURNING CITY by Larry Niven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2000

From the authors of several science fiction collaborations (The Gripping Hand, 1992 etc.), a fantasy set in Niven's Magic

Goes Away universe, where, in a prehistoric epoch, magic is fading from the world. Read full book review >

RAINBOW MARS by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 19, 1999

Almost 30 years ago, Niven (the splendid Destiny's Road, 1997, etc.) wrote a handful of stories featuring Hanville Svetz of the Institute for Temporal Research. Read full book review >

DESTINY'S ROAD by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1997

Hugo and Nebula Awardwinner Niven's latest (The Ringworld Throne, 1996, etc.) is set on planet Destiny, where the mothership Argo vanished into space, leaving the colonists with only two fusion-powered landers. Read full book review >

THE RINGWORLD THRONE by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1996

Third in Niven's famous Ringworld series (The Ringworld Engineers, not reviewed), set on a colossal space habitat that forms a complete ring, 600 million miles in circumference, around its sun, and comes complete with cleverly engineered days and nights, seasons, oceans, mountains, and what-all. Read full book review >

BEOWULF'S CHILDREN by Larry Niven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

Sequel to The Legacy of Heorot (1987), in which heroic colonists from Earth battled supercharged alien dinosaurs known as ``grendels.'' On planet Avalon, the children of the original colonists are growing up fast. Read full book review >

THE GRIPPING HAND by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

The much-anticipated sequel to The Mote In God's Eye (1974), which put Niven and Pournelle on the bestseller lists (more recent collaborations: The Legacy of Heorot, with Steven Barnes, 1987; Footfall, 1985). Read full book review >

PLAYGROUNDS OF THE MIND by Larry Niven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Completing the huge project of which N-Space (1990) was the first installment—a complete retrospective of Niven's work: solo fiction, nonfiction, and generous selections from his numerous collaborative novels. To Niven fans, much of the fiction here will be familiar if often worth rereading: stories set in Niven's patented, alien- filled Known Space; well-known collaborations with Jerry Pournelle or Steven Barnes, sometimes both together, along with useful commentaries; tales from Niven's fantasy universe, a world where magic works but is slowly leaking away; plus some amusing vignettes amply displaying Niven's wry if not always accurate sense of humor. Read full book review >