Known Space Series

18 primary works • 32 total works
A series of short stories and novels charting the expansion of mankind through space over millenia.

Although the Known Space universe has a well defined chronology, most of the stories can be read independently. The major exception being the Ringworld and Fleet of Worlds sub-series, which are best read in order.

Also, Fate of Worlds is the fifth…
The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton
3.90
· 3700 Ratings · 50 Reviews · published 1969 · 14 editions
ARMED FOR DEATH
Gil Hamilton was more than an…
Rate it:
Flatlander
3.98
· 3463 Ratings · 58 Reviews · published 1995 · 13 editions
[A Beowulf Shaeffer story] Traveling on a…
Rate it:
The Patchwork Girl
3.64
· 1077 Ratings · 37 Reviews · published 1980 · 9 editions
Only one person could have been on the lunar…
Rate it:
The World of Ptavvs
3.83
· 2842 Ratings · 72 Reviews · published 1966 · 27 editions
Larry Greenberg's telepathic tendencies had been…
Rate it:
Protector
4.07
· 9236 Ratings · 229 Reviews · published 1973 · 38 editions
Phssthpok the Pak had been traveling for most of…
Rate it:
Tales of Known Space: The Universe of Larry Niven
4.18
· 5642 Ratings · 60 Reviews · published 1975 · 11 editions
Ranging from the 20th Century to the 31st, these…
Rate it:
Neutron Star
4.12
· 11782 Ratings · 121 Reviews · published 1966 · 25 editions
Come to Larry Niven's Universe and meet all the…
Rate it:
A Gift from Earth
3.84
· 3132 Ratings · 72 Reviews · published 1968 · 29 editions
A solitary mountain rises from the searing, toxic…
Rate it:
Crashlander
3.93
· 1832 Ratings · 52 Reviews · published 1994 · 6 editions
Crashlander Beowulf Shaeffer has long been one of…
Rate it:
Ringworld
3.96
· 97988 Ratings · 3250 Reviews · published 1970 · 6 editions
The artefact is a circular ribbon of matter six…
Rate it:
The Ringworld Engineers
3.87
· 27304 Ratings · 542 Reviews · published 1979 · 58 editions
"This rousing sequel to the classic Ringworld…
Rate it:
The Ringworld Throne
3.54
· 9574 Ratings · 265 Reviews · published 1996 · 36 editions
Come back to the Ringworld . . . the most…
Rate it:
Ringworld's Children
3.75
· 7937 Ratings · 159 Reviews · published 2004 · 31 editions
Welcome to a world like no other.

The Ringworld: a…
Rate it:
Fleet of Worlds
3.83
· 3313 Ratings · 186 Reviews · published 2007 · 4 editions
Fleet of Worlds marks Larry Niven's first full…
Rate it:
Juggler of Worlds
3.84
· 2318 Ratings · 121 Reviews · published 2008 · 4 editions
For too long, the Puppeteers have controlled the…
Rate it:
Destroyer of Worlds
4.00
· 2110 Ratings · 87 Reviews · published 2009 · 19 editions
The scariest aliens in the galaxy follow a simple…
Rate it:
Betrayer of Worlds
3.98
· 1801 Ratings · 71 Reviews · published 2010 · 16 editions
Fleeing the supernova chain reaction at the…
Rate it:
Fate of Worlds
3.95
· 1926 Ratings · 109 Reviews · published 2012 · 16 editions
This is the fifth and last novel in Larry Niven's…
Rate it:
The Man-Kzin Wars
3.69
· 4075 Ratings · 77 Reviews · published 1988 · 12 editions
Once upon a time, in the earliest days of…
Rate it:
The Man-Kzin Wars II
3.66
· 1510 Ratings · 14 Reviews · published 1989 · 6 editions
Born and bred to hunting, they had never…
Rate it:
Man-Kzin Wars 3
3.69
· 1397 Ratings · 8 Reviews · published 1990 · 4 editions
IT'S HOWLING TIME IN KNOWN SPACE

Those war-crazed…
Rate it:
Man-Kzin Wars IV
3.71
· 1038 Ratings · 11 Reviews · published 1991 · 4 editions
A WINNING TRADITION...

Welcome to the hottest…
Rate it:
Man-Kzin Wars V
3.74
· 957 Ratings · 5 Reviews · published 1992 · 3 editions
Between wars, an odd assortment of human and Kzin…
Rate it:
Man-Kzin Wars VI
3.73
· 611 Ratings · 9 Reviews · published 1994 · 2 editions
JUMP QUICK, MONKEY BOY

After two unpleasant…
Rate it:
Man-Kzin Wars 7
3.78
· 488 Ratings · 7 Reviews · published 1995 · 2 editions
The man-killing cats from Kzin are back in short…
Rate it:
A Darker Geometry
3.84
· 108 Ratings · 8 Reviews · published 1996 · 2 editions
At the heart of Known Space lies mystery: How did…
Rate it:
Choosing Names
3.87
· 460 Ratings · 9 Reviews · published 1998 · 3 editions
ROUND EIGHT, MONKEY BOYS!

In a new story, Larry…
Rate it:
Man-Kzin Wars 9
3.94
· 911 Ratings · 8 Reviews · published 2001 · 5 editions
THOSE KZIN DON'T KNOW WHEN THEY'RE LICKED (AND…
Rate it:
Man-Kzin Wars X: The Wunder War
4.02
· 314 Ratings · 8 Reviews · published 2003 · 3 editions
The first colonists from Earth named the planet…
Rate it:
Man-Kzin Wars 11
3.88
· 431 Ratings · 8 Reviews · published 2005 · 3 editions
The warrior-race Kzin is wasting no time in…
Rate it:
Destiny's Forge
4.04
· 255 Ratings · 14 Reviews · published 2006 · 3 editions
Weed-eaters, monkey-spawn, honourless herbivores,…
Rate it:
Man-Kzin Wars 12
3.96
· 332 Ratings · 8 Reviews · published 2009 · 3 editions
New weapons, new strategies and new leaders - the…
Rate it:

Related series

Series
5 primary works • 11 total works
Series
4 primary works • 4 total works
Series
3 primary works • 4 total works
Series
19 primary works • 21 total works