Larry Niven





Larry Niven

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in Los Angeles, California, The United States
April 30, 1938

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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...more


Average rating: 3.87 · 241,855 ratings · 7,209 reviews · 171 distinct works · Similar authors
Ringworld (Ringworld, #1)
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 48,211 ratings — published 1970 — 75 editions
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The Mote in God's Eye (Moti...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 34,354 ratings — published 1974 — 51 editions
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Lucifer's Hammer
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 23,131 ratings — published 1977 — 24 editions
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The Ringworld Engineers (Ri...
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 15,550 ratings — published 1979 — 44 editions
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Footfall
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 8,213 ratings — published 1985 — 19 editions
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Neutron Star (Known Space)
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 6,915 ratings — published 1966 — 20 editions
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The Gripping Hand (Moties #2)
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 6,438 ratings — published 1974 — 18 editions
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Protector (Known Space)
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 5,440 ratings — published 1973 — 29 editions
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The Ringworld Throne (Ringw...
3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 5,068 ratings — published 1996 — 25 editions
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The Integral Trees
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 4,529 ratings — published 1984 — 24 editions
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“The gods do not protect fools. Fools are protected by more capable fools.”
Larry Niven, Ringworld

“The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don't have a space program, it'll serve us right!”
Larry Niven

“Mother Nature doesn't care if you're having fun. ”
Larry Niven

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