Playgrounds of the Mind
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The sequel to N-Space
Playgrounds of the Mind captures the startling range and variety of Larry Niven's spectacular career, from bestselling novels such as Lucifer's Hammer and The Ringworld Engineers, from his classic short stories of science fiction and fantasy, from his thought-provoking essays and non-fiction
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7 • A Teardrop Falls • [Berserker] • (1983) • shortstory by Larry Niven
16 • From Inferno (excerpt) • (1976) • shortfiction by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
25 • Rammer • [State] • (1971) • novelette by Larry Niven
49 • From "The Ethics of Madness" (excerpt) • (1967) • shortfiction by Larry Niven
53 • Becalmed in Hell • [Known Space] • (1965) • shortstory by Larry Niven
65 • Wait It Out • [Known Space] • (1968) • shortstory by Larry Niven
71 • A Relic of ...more
Sometimes, when a writer gets older, they start recycling their work. Heck, some of them even do it when they're young. They put out book after book of short story collections in which a large numbers of the stories are duplicates from previous editions, and only a few of the stories are new.
It's sleazy, of course; basically an obnoxious way to rip off the reader. Unfortunately, in his declining years Larry Niven started doing ...more
Some of the material in Playgrounds of the Mind is very interesting, such as his essay "Bigger than Worlds", in which he sketches out a number of interesting ideas for large-scale habitats, including his now famous Ringworld. His recipe for Irish coffee is sure to delight fans of the drink.
Nonetheless, the bulk of the selections in Playgr ...more