Tales of Known Space: The Universe of Larry Niven

Ranging from the 20th Century to the 31st, these interconnected stories trace Man s expansion and colonization throughout the galaxyBecalmed in hellHowie s spaceship had a malfunctionbut it might be only psychosomatic Wait it outHe was trapped on Plutod all his assets were frozen The borderland of SolForward possessed the ultimate weaponbut no one would everRanging from the 20th Century to the 31st, these interconnected stories trace Man s expansion and colonization throughout the galaxyBecalmed in hellHowie s spaceship had a malfunctionbut it might be only psychosomatic Wait it outHe was trapped on Plutod all his assets were frozen The borderland of SolForward possessed the ultimate weaponbut no one would ever see it The jigsaw manThe organ banks want youw Cloak of anarchyThey were free to be anything but violentbut that wasn t enough plus eight other great stories in Niven s spectacular cycle of the futured, special for this volume, a complete Niven bibliography and a detailed chronology of all his Known Space stories Timeline for Known SpaceMy Universe and Welcome To It Coldest Place, TheBecalmed in HellWait it OutEye of an OctopusHow the Heroes DieThe Jigsaw ManAt the Bottom of a HoleThe DeceiversCloak of AnarchyWarriors, TheThe Borderland of SolThere is a TideSafe at Any SpeedAfterthoughtsBibliography The Worlds of Larry Niven
Tales of Known Space The Universe of Larry Niven Ranging from the th Century to the st these interconnected stories trace Man s expansion and colonization throughout the galaxyBecalmed in hellHowie s spaceship had a malfunctionbut it might be o

  • Title: Tales of Known Space: The Universe of Larry Niven
  • Author: Larry Niven Rick Sternbach
  • ISBN: 9780345334695
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
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    Larry Niven Rick Sternbach

    Laurence van Cott Niven s best known work is Ringworld Ringworld, 1 1970 , which received the Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics The creation of thoroughly worked out alien species, which are very different from humans both physically and mentally, is recognized as one of Niven s main strengths.Niven also often includes elements of detective fiction and adventure stories His fantasy includes The Magic Goes Away series, which utilizes an exhaustible resource, called Mana, to make the magic a non renewable resource Niven created an alien species, the Kzin, which were featured in a series of twelve collection books, the Man Kzin Wars He co authored a number of novels with Jerry Pournelle In fact, much of his writing since the 1970s has been in collaboration, particularly with Pournelle, Steven Barnes, Brenda Cooper, or Edward M Lerner.He briefly attended the California Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics with a minor in psychology from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, in 1962 He did a year of graduate work in mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles He has since lived in Los Angeles suburbs, including Chatsworth and Tarzana, as a full time writer He married Marilyn Joyce Fuzzy Pink Wisowaty, herself a well known science fiction and Regency literature fan, on September 6, 1969.Niven won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story for Neutron Star in 1967 In 1972, for Inconstant Moon, and in 1975 for The Hole Man In 1976, he won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette for The Borderland of Sol.Niven has written scripts for various science fiction television shows, including the original Land of the Lost series and Star Trek The Animated Series, for which he adapted his early Kzin story The Soft Weapon He adapted his story Inconstant Moon for an episode of the television series The Outer Limits in 1996.He has also written for the DC Comics character Green Lantern including in his stories hard science fiction concepts such as universal entropy and the redshift effect, which are unusual in comic bookscmillan author larryn

    341 Comment

    • Kaethe said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Fair warning: one really nasty tale of homophobia.Classic stories from the 60s and 70s, one out-of-date (as science) practically before it was published. What works: the tech and the mystery format that many of the stories fall into. What doesn't work: well, despite being able to imagine that each off-world culture would distinguish itself from home-earth culture, the nevertheless manage to be pretty white and patriarchal. For once the large-scale erasure of female characters is a relief, becaus [...]

    • Craig said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Most of the stories in this volume had previously appeared in one or another of his other collections, but they fit together well thematically as well as within the Known Space framework. It's a good introduction to his most famous universe, and a fine volume of sf in the hard sense. It also includes an interesting introduction, a nice Rick Sternbach cover that serves as a map of the settings described, and a handy bibliography.

    • Brett said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Not as good as I remembered it being. This anthology collects all of Larry Niven's Known Space short stories that don't fit thematically into his other collections (Crashlander, Flatlander, and Neutron Star.) As such, it's a grab bag of quality. The early stories are the first that Niven ever wrote and seem unpublishable by modern standards. The middle entries are characterized by great concepts lacking in execution. The last few stories are among Niven's best.The Coldest Place 1/5Niven's first [...]

    • Sarah said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Some good ideas. And I feel wretched at giving it such low review stars as I really liked Ringworld and some of his other work. He says himself in the introduction that two of the stories are so bad they should have been left out - and he is correct but blinkered if he thinks that doesn't apply to quite a few more of the tales.Also - writing in the 60s and 70s he seems both blissfully unaware of any human rights movements at all, and yet patting himself on the back for tackling a society where s [...]

    • Preston Page said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Full of wonderful sci fi ideas, not the mostly junk on the so called sci fi channel. Pierson Puppetteers are one of the most interesting of all aliens, they change the laws of earth to breed lucky human beings, and it only works or partially to their advantage. Human beings are descendent from an intelligent species fleeing from the galactic core. The list goes on and on. Please read and enjoy, there are many other books of this series.

    • Jorn said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Nothing world-shattering; just filling in lots of details for Niven's universe. Exactly what I was hoping for. A fun read.

    • Charles Palmer said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Any Niven book or short story is worth reading! The very best SCI/FI writer ever!!!

    • Benn Allen said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      "Tales of Known Space" is a collection of 13 short stories set in Larry Niven's future history universe called Known Space. Currently, the Known Space series comprise about a dozen books and multiple short stories. This collection, published in 1975, is an excellent, early overview of Known Space and several of its notable characters, alien races, etc. Niven writes in a concise style that readily holds one's interest. "Tales of Known Space" is a good, solid entertaining of Science Fiction by one [...]

    • Peggi Warner-lalonde said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Interesting stories from a master SF storyteller.

    • Phil Giunta said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Larry Niven's Known Space series of anthologies and novels covers a vast timeline of spacefaring adventures encompassing 10,000 years. This particular volume contains 13 stories. While it was interesting to see how richly populated and developed Niven's universe is, only about half of the tales in this collection appealed to me. All were interesting in their own way, but I found the other half to be anticlimactic. My favorites included:"Eye of an Octopus" - Human explorers on Mars discover a str [...]

    • Bob Rust said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Tales of Known Space: The Universe of Larry Niven • interior artwork by Bonnie DalzellTimeline for Known Space • (1975) • essay by Larry NivenIntroduction: My Universe and Welcome to It! • essay by Larry NivenThe Coldest Place • [Known Space] • (1964) • shortstory by Larry NivenBecalmed in Hell • [Known Space] • (1965) • shortstory by Larry NivenWait It Out • [Known Space] • (1968) • shortstory by Larry NivenEye of an Octopus • [Known Space] • (1966) • shortstory [...]

    • Marcus Gipps said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Yep, more Niven, just because. It's alright, there's only one more I own that isn't in storage, so I'll stop soon. This is a collection of short stories, all set in Niven's Known Space future history and, as is almost always the case with short stories, the quality is variable. There are some nice SF ideas done in a few pages, and the science appears to be fairly accurate (if a little dated in places). A couple of the stories are more concerned with the impact of technological advances on societ [...]

    • krin said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      I enjoyed this anthology of Known Space stories. I especially liked the stories "Wait it out," (set on Pluto), "At the Bottom of a Hole," (Muller discovers the truth behind the failure of a human settlement on Mars) and "The Borderland of Sol" (Julius Forward has a very dangerous weapon). I also like the timeline at the beginning of the book which sets the stories in context and the bibliography at the end.Readers who like Niven's work may like Shaun Farrell's October 2007 interview with Larry N [...]

    • Charles said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      weak. I was hopeful for this book. I loved some of the ideas in a couple of his novels, but the characters were just stereotypes. Like, his aliens were unique but didn't have distinct personalities. One Kzinti is the same as another. The humans were all stereotypes, the most common one being the manipulative, but "good" spy-type of personality. But, I thought maybe character development would be less important in his short stories-he could focus more on the cool SF ideas. But, maybe Niven needs [...]

    • Richard Buro said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      A representative collection of Mr. Niven's early short fiction all set in that part of space he calls "Known Space," which includes interplanetary around our Sun as well as near interstellar areas. Those who appreciate "hard" science fiction will appreciate Mr. Niven's work which reflects the knowledge as we have had it regarding interplanetary space inour Solar System. The end pages of the book includes a "history" of the Known Space short and longer (novel length) works inclusive of those in t [...]

    • Dave said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      This is a collection of short stories, written in the 1960s and 1970s and all based in a universe that Niven created, generally known as "Known Space." He provides some commentary for some of the stories to help set the stage, since these are not the complete tales from that universe. Mostly classic tales of adventure, dangers of space, and clever heroes, they're a nice diversion.

    • Doug said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      The stories in this were kind of hit and miss (as you'd expect from a collection that spans so many years of a writer honing his craft). You could probably skip some of the earlier ones (which read a little bit like 40's Asimov knock-offs to me). I particularly liked Niven's unselfconscious introduction and his notes on the stories.

    • Mark said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Short stories spanning the first part of Niven's writing career, all set in his "Known Space" future. Some of the stories were obsolete almost before they appeared in print but they all were based on extending just the frayed edge of accepted science at the time and examining the possible consequences. THoughtful, fun and cautiously optimistic.

    • Gary said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Grand in scope. Epic in its endeavour. This collection of short stories changed my concept that a tale was limited to one person. While the science and technology is outdated, the real reason you can't put a book down is everywhere — stories on the human condition. This book should be required reading.

    • Nick said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      I'm not normally a short story reader but I make an exception for Larry Niven. This loosely connected set of stories is a good place to start. Gives you a scatter-shot overview of the Known Space setting for many of his collections and novels, and a good sense of his writing aesthetic.

    • Ninja Pigeon said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Mr. Niven has an amazing ability to draw you into his life, not just his worlds, with a candid manner of writing about the happenings in his worlds and his own life.A pleasure to have been a part of it.

    • Cole Schoolland said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      An interesting collection, but it didn't help me gain a good sense of the history of Niven's universe. I did appreciate Niven's unique take on John Carter of Mars though. I suppose I'm going back to his main works.

    • Blair said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      i very much enjoyed the book, again these are short stories but i don't think their are any stories in that book that i could complain about. my dad introduced me to niven's books and i certainly plain to read more.

    • Kevin said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      "Neutron Star" is a better introduction to Niven's Known Space universe.

    • William Close said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Good sci-fi! So far, so good.

    • Warner said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      A good Sc-Fi read

    • Norman Howe said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      Science-Fiction

    • _ said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      A must read for Niven fans! It's like a guided tour of Known Space history with storybook flashbacks included.

    • Chris said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      I've really enjoyed this early Niven stuff. Also try and keep my body organs to myself.

    • Andy said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 02:00 AM

      THE STORY OF THE NEXT TEN THOUSAND YEARS

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