Larry Niven


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in Los Angeles, California, The United States
April 30, 1938

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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.

Niven also often includes elements of detective fiction and adventure stories. His fantasy includes The Magic Goes Away series, which utilizes an exhaustible resource, called Mana, to make the magic a non-renewable resource.

Niven created an alien species, the Kzin, which were featured in a series of twelve collection books, the Man-Kzin Wars. He
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Ringworld (Ringworld, #1)

3.96 avg rating — 100,775 ratings — published 1970 — 109 editions
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The Mote in God's Eye (Moti...

4.07 avg rating — 61,173 ratings — published 1974 — 11 editions
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Lucifer's Hammer

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3.99 avg rating — 38,913 ratings — published 1977 — 29 editions
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The Ringworld Engineers (Ri...

3.87 avg rating — 27,799 ratings — published 1979 — 58 editions
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Footfall

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3.91 avg rating — 14,023 ratings — published 1985 — 28 editions
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Neutron Star (Known Space)

4.12 avg rating — 11,900 ratings — published 1966 — 25 editions
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The Gripping Hand (Moties, #2)

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3.82 avg rating — 10,643 ratings — published 1976 — 25 editions
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Protector (Known Space)

4.07 avg rating — 9,351 ratings — published 1973 — 38 editions
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The Ringworld Throne (Ringw...

3.54 avg rating — 9,736 ratings — published 1996 — 36 editions
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The Integral Trees (The Sta...

3.76 avg rating — 8,189 ratings — published 1983 — 33 editions
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The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton Flatlander The Patchwork Girl The World of Ptavvs Protector Tales of Known Space: The U... Neutron Star
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The Mote in God's Eye The Gripping Hand
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A World Out of Time The Integral Trees The Smoke Ring
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The Man-Kzin Wars The Man-Kzin Wars II Man-Kzin Wars 3 Man-Kzin Wars IV Man-Kzin Wars V Man-Kzin Wars VI Man-Kzin Wars 7
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