Larry Niven

Tor Books



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544 Pages



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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 best 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 An Introduction by Tom Clancy, one of Niven's biggest fans


Praise for N-Space

"Niven lifts the reader far from the conventional world—and does it with a dash."—Los Angeles Times 

"Outstanding . . . Hours of entertainment to be had here."—Houston Post

"'What Can You Say About Chocolate Covered Manhole Covers?'' or, indeed, about any of the provocative ideas that Niven raises in this retrospective collection ranging over three decades of work. This bemusingly titled story is one answer to the question: Why is nobody out there talking to us? 'Bordered in Black' provides a second answer, and 'The Fourth Profession' a third. 'Madness Has Its Place' is a missing tale from the Known Space series, while 'Down in Flames' gives the outline for a story in which all Known Space is destroyed. 'Brenda' is a novella featuring the Sauron Superman described in Mote; it is nicely complemented by 'Building The Mote in God's Eye.' In 'The Return of William Proxmire' the title character uses a time machine to save the health and military career of Robert A. Heinlein. While some of the stories here are classics, most have not previously been collected in book form. Niven's essays on the SF genre and commentaries on the stories make this collection a must for SF fans."—Publishers Weekly

"A writer of supreme talent."—Tom Clancy

"Great storytelling is still alive in science fiction because of Larry Niven."—Orson Scott Card

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God was knocking, and he wanted in bad.
footfall, 1985
"Bordered in Black" is a nightmare vision.
If a vision were enough, it would have been sold at once. I wrote it as a vignette. Ed Ferman's comment (months before my first story sale) was that it looked like an outline for a story. So I set it aside, and tackled it again a few years later. The version that appeared in F&SF was much changed.
If I wrote it today it would be changed again. A story needs more than the original idea…but the nightmare still shows throu
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  • Larry Niven

  • Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. He lives in Chatsworth, California.

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