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vii · Introduction · in
1 · Bordered in Black · ss F&SF Apr ’66
25 · One Face · nv Galaxy Jun ’65
55 · Like Banquo’s Ghost · ss If Sep ’68
61 · The Meddler · nv F&SF Oct ’68
87 · Dry Run · ss F&SF May ’68
99 · Convergent Series [“The Long Night”] · ss F&SF Mar ’67
107 · The Deadlier Weapon · ss EQMM Jun ’68
119 · The Nonesuch · ss F&SF Dec ’74...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published June 12th 1983 by Del Rey (first published 1979)
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An enjoyable collection of short stories; my favorites are the ones based on Niven's "Draco Tavern," particularly "Grammar Lesson" and "The Subject Is Closed."
Robert Beveridge
Larry Niven, Convergent Series (Del Rey, 1979)

Convergent Series is half previously published material and half new material written for this book, including five new Draco's Tavern tales and some new Known Universe stuff. (Some of the previously published stuff is proto-Known Universe material, as well.) If you're a Larry Niven fan, you know what that means. If you aren't, what it means is that this is a pretty good place to get to know Larry Niven.

There is (as there is in most science fiction;...more
Another recent reread. Although N-Space, Playgrounds of the Mind and Scatterbrain have improved matters, some of Niven's early non-series work is still fairly hard to track down. As such, I was happy to find a used copy of this.

Originally, this anthology was intended to reprint the stories from The Shape of Space (already hard to come by in 1979) that hadn't also appeared in Tales of Known Space. Added to that was enough new material to fill out a paperback-- namely, the first few Draco Tavern s...more
Worth it for the following clever stories: "Like Banquo's Ghost", "Dry Run", "Convegent Series", "The Nonesuch", "Mistake".

Note on personal taste: I seem to (a) like niven's "pure sf" style less than the more psychological focus of, say, pkd & delany, and (2) like sf that leaves more to the imagination, spelling less out.
55/100. Man-eating aliens & other 'nonesuch.'
This collection is a mix of Known Space stories, Draco Tavern stories and unrelated stories. There’s some great stuff in here, including the outstanding Dry Run, in which a man is doing a dry run with his dead dog in preparation for disposing of his wife’s body. Vintage Niven.
It's a collection of short stories, some of which I'd read in other collections. I'd like to find more of his Draco's Tavern stories. "The Deadlier Weapon" isn't even SF at all - but thought-provoking just the same.
A very solid set of short stories. Basically uniform quality, no embarrassments, and not the hard SF that is typical of Niven. If you like the author, definitely worth reading.
A pretty good collection of mostly early Larry Niven short stories. It's not as awesome as some of the others, but Larry Niven always pretty readable and worth the time.
Chris Kasten
This is my all time favorite collection of Niven short stories. Well worth a revisit every few years.
Nice set of stories. Gives a good idea on how to write science fiction short stories.
If you have any interest in Niven, you gotta read the title story to the book.
Short, dark and mildly depressing. I love Larry Niven.
Convergent Series by Larry Niven (1980)
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