Feb 25, 08
Read in February, 2008
A spotty and uneven collection of stories of Known Space, the universe that the Ringworld series is set in. I wasn't surprised that the writing was all over the place, though: this collection includes Niven's first story, published in 1966, so he could only improve from there.
Some things amused me greatly, the best of which was the space suit with the pipe for tobacco smoking built right in. Apparently Niven never thought that smoking would go out of style, even in deepest darkest space.
I guess I'd recommend this collection for someone who doesn't want to miss a single Known Space story, but otherwise I'd skip it.