Search Results: "Larry Niven"


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

"A brilliantly conceived, funny, exciting, nail-biting, heart-warming jaunt through weird and wonderful histories that never were."
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 >

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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 >

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

"Grand entertainment."
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. Read full book review >

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THE MOON MAZE GAME by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Not much more than an elaborate do-over of Dream Park and its predecessors: Move it to the Moon, throw in Wells, rework the plot and presto!"
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. Read full book review >

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

"Vivid and unusual, if sometimes unnervingly similar to Niven's 1997 science fiction outing, Destiny's Road: well worth investigating."
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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

"A fascinating and skillfully detailed alien ecology, along with solid characters and some intriguing problems for them to tackle: Niven in top form."
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 >

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

"Notably schizophrenic and confusing but inventive enough that Ringworld admirers will surely wish to investigate."
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 >

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

"A good bet to make the Hugo ballot, as well as the bestseller lists."
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 >

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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 >