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3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  212 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Another dazzling collection of fact, fiction, and wit from the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning master of hard science fiction!

Larry Niven is the New York Times bestselling author of such classic science fiction novels as Ringworld and Destiny's Road. His previous collection, N-Space, was lauded by the Houston Post as "outstanding . . . hours of entertainment," while Publishe
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Published June 30th 2003 by Tor Books (first published 2003)
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Apr 28, 2010 Bryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Very little here to recommend... do NOT start here if you're not already a diehard Niven fan.

Contents of this book worth rating:

"The Woman in Del Rey Crater", a Gil Hamilton story (available elsewhere in the collection Flatlander). A great story!
4 stars

"Procrustes", a Beowulf Shaeffer story (available elsewhere in the collection Crashlander). Very good, but seems out of context here.
3.5 stars

There's a neat little story called "Loki", originally from Analog magazine but unavailable elsewhere.
3 st
Kinsey Swartz
May 25, 2009 Kinsey Swartz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Niven Completists
Recommended to Kinsey by: Book Rack at the Dollar Store
This certainly isn't the book for someone wanting to check out Larry Niven's work for the first time. The title is apt. It's basically a hodgepodge of various miscellaneous writings thrown together by Niven, including short stories, essays, collaborative works, unpublished articles, correspondence, and first chapters of novels. None of it comes close to any of his greatest works, but there are some interesting tidbits. I particularly enjoyed reading the short stories "Loki" and "Ice and Mirrors" ...more
Apr 20, 2013 Darth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: niven
This literally a bit of a mixed bag.
There are some short stories, a few 1st chapters of other full books, some email notes between collaborators, and other assorted things.

Now, the 1st chapters of books, I didnt read any of them in here. I either have read the whole books already, or have the book sitting on my shelf waiting to be read - so no point in them.

The short stories are great - I enjoyed them a lot.

The email notes back and forth are a little tedious, but interesting to see some of the
Jun 09, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Larry Niven and his tales of know space, but an anthology of stories this is not, a biography of his work no, a collection of correspondence between collaborators, edits and friends that neither, its a mixture of all of them and more. The book is as the title suggest a scattering of thoughts, excerpts and short stories which has been collected together to highlight the creativity of Larry Niven, I believe there is a second volume out there, will have to wait and see, an intere ...more
Well, he certainly is a scatterbrain, as he readily admits in the introduction. Although I feel that Niven’s writing has been in a steady decline for the past couple of decades, his short fiction and especially his articles are always great fun. Like N-Space and Playgrounds of the Mind this is a mix of new and old short fiction, book excerpts and articles. Enjoyable reading for the Niven fan.
Jul 27, 2010 Keil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd already read much of this in other Niven books, so that was a bit disappointing, but I suppose not too surprising considering that this book is a compilation of shorts and excerpts of longer books. There were some good insights into collaborations between Larry Niven and several other authors and that was new and interesting.
Apr 21, 2013 Zack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, non-fiction
Interesting if you're already a Niven fan and you are interested in where his ideas come from - the ramblings in this book are like Asimov introductions only even more ramblicious. The short stories themselves are definitely not his best work... whoever his usual editor is has clearly not been anywhere near these.
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Aug 23, 2016 Frederick Gault rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The author really phoned this book in! Basically a few stories and then e-mail exchanges about the writing of the stories. It comes across as a book required under contract and produced at the last hour by whatever papers were currently at the top of the pile on the author's desk.
Kenneth Flusche
Scatterbrain says it all some is good, some is dumb, some are parts of novels previously read I'll admit some I skipped
OK, but Niven has this persistent habit of pushing pre-published content across multiple books. So, the 'completist' reader of niven will find about half this volume in previous works.
Feb 14, 2008 Colin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those unfamiliar with Larry Niven, and wanting a sampler of his work
See here on Suite 101 for a review.
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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 ...more
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