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Three Books of Known Space by Larry Niven
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Jun 25, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: science-fiction, anthologies-collections

A pretty good Niven intro, all told. Some of the stories in Tales of Known Space are noticeably rough as early work; others are better, and he'd hit his stride more by World of Ptavvs and A Gift From Earth. Also nice for the completist-- none of the component books are easy to find, and World of Ptavvs in particular is quite rare. Even as a long-time Niven fan, I'd never read it prior to this omnibus.

I still might recommend Neutron Star or Crashlander over this one among Niven anthologies as a first go, or even suggest going straight to Ringworld among the novels, but this one is well worth the read thereafter.

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