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Stars and Gods

3.05 of 5 stars 3.05  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Larry Niven is the New York Times bestselling author of such classic science fiction novels as Ringworld and Destiny's Road. One of his previous collections, N-Space, was lauded by the Houston Post as "Outstanding . . . hours of entertainment," while Publishers Weekly called it "A must for science fiction fans." A follow-up volume, Playgrounds of the Mind, was praised by K ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Tor Books (first published 2010)
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Stars and Gods is a collection of the past several years’ worth of Larry Niven’s publishing career. Included are excerpts from recent novels, short stories, collaborations with other authors, non-fiction, editorials, and an interview—all taken since the publication of Scatterbrain (which I now desperately want to read). Niven is an accomplished writer. He’s been honored with the Nebula and the Hugo award, as well as a couple of other awards for his
I picked up Larry Niven's Stars and Gods, and it was surprisingly disappointing - most of the book is excerpts from other books, and the short stories and nonfiction aren't strong enough to carry the whole thing on their own. Niven's nonfiction can be fantastic: I recently was thrilled to run across a copy of All the Myriad Ways which includes his "Theory and practice of teleportation" as well as "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex," but this book left me underwhelmed.

Definitely not his strongest,
This collection is heavy on excerpts from Niven's most recent novels--I've read most of them, so maybe I'm biased but such excerpts don't seem worth reprinting in a collection like this. The short stories and non-fiction, on the other hand, were great. I have always liked the short intros Niven writes and I enjoyed all of them in this collection.
Kevin Connery
75% repeated material, mostly introductions to novels or such. What remains was good, but not his best work.
Jul 17, 2010 Clarice rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Larry Niven fans, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fans, Lovers of good literature
Shelves: first-read
Larry Niven’s “Stars and Gods” is a collection of excerpts from his novels, short stories, blog posts and essays. Most certainly a treasure trove for Niven fans, but also plenty of interest for readers new to his work. As an avid Sci-Fi fan, I have certainly heard of Larry Niven, but have somehow never gotten around to reading any of his work. I was so excited to win this advance copy of “Stars and Gods” from GoodReads - it was a wonderful introduction to the writing and thought processes of Lar ...more
Bill Kubeck
This was the first Larry Niven I've read in a while and it was a delight. The book excerpts were especially helpful because they gave me a good sense of what Niven has been doing, and which of his later books I really need to read now.
I've always enjoyed Larry Niven's novels and short stories. His essays are always intriguing, ooh but when he wrote of the possibility of a collaboration with Terry Pratchett - whoohoo!
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Larry Niven Fans 1 5 Jun 27, 2010 07:30PM  
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 ...more
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Ringworld (Ringworld, #1) The Mote in God's Eye (Moties, #1) Lucifer's Hammer The Ringworld Engineers (Ringworld, #2) Footfall

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