Larry Niven - Author

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Larry Niven has won the prestigious Hugo Award five times. He is known to millions as the premier modern author of rigorous, scientifically consistent hard SF, the champion of 'SF without a net'.

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Barsoom Project

Barsoom Project

Author: Larry Niven, Steven Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 19/12/2017

A visionary science fiction classic from Larry Niven and Steven BarnesThe Barsoom Project is the direct sequel to 1981's Dream Park. Eviane's first visit to the state-of-art amusement arena Dream Park ended in disaster: the special effects had seemed more real than life ... until the holograms she was shooting with live ammunition turned out to be solid flesh and blood ... and very, very dead.Haunted by the past, rebounding from a lengthy spell in a mental hospital, she has returned to Dream Park to exorcise a nightmare that has become reality. But in Dream Park, nothing is what it seems. The Inuit mythology controlling the images is part of a "e;Fat Ripper Special"e; designed to implant new behavioral memes. The players are struggling against the game master, one another, and their own demons. And there is a killer who wants to ensure Eviane never regains her memory ... no matter what it costs.Blending together hard science fiction with virtual reality and RPG-like fantasy games, The Barsoom Project is science fiction at the cutting edge and a classic creation from two of the genre's most beloved writers.

Dream Park

Dream Park

Author: Larry Niven, Steven Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 07/11/2017

A group of pretend adventurers suit up for a campaign called "e;The South Seas Treasure Game."e; As in the early role-playing games, there are dungeon masters, warriors, magicians, and thieves. The difference? At Dream Park, a futuristic fantasy theme park full of holographic attractions and the latest in VR technology, they play in an artificial enclosure that has been enhanced with special effects, holograms, actors, and a clever story line. The players get as close as possible to truly living their adventure.All's fun and games until a park security guard is murdered, a valuable research property is stolen, and all evidence points to someone inside the game. The park's head of security, Alex Griffin, joins the game to find the killer, but finds new meaning in the games he helps keep alive.

All the Myriad Ways

All the Myriad Ways

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2017

Detective-Lieutenant Gene Trimble faces an increasing number of bizarre suicides in a world struggling to come to terms with its place in a multiverse of different timelines, where every decision ever made by anyone becomes an alternate universe.

Passerby

Passerby

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2017

A stranded Rammer who finds himself transported from the depths of space to humanity's cradle on Earth tells his harrowing tale to a peoplewatcher.This short story was first printed in Galaxy in September 1969.

For a Foggy Night

For a Foggy Night

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2017

In one of Niven's rare stories of cross-dimensional travel, an unnamed protagonist discovers the real reason that things seem so foggy on a foggy night.

Jigsaw Man

Jigsaw Man

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2017

This early Niven story was the first of many to delve deeply into the legal and ethical implications of organ-transplant technology. It introduces Known Space's organ banks and the breed of criminals known as "e;organleggers."e;

Wait It Out

Wait It Out

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2017

The tragic story of the first manned expedition to Pluto, and the fate of the surviving astronaut who finds a unique way to prolong his lifespan in hopes of rescue.

Not Long before the End

Not Long before the End

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2017

Nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, this short story introduces the Warlock, who discovers to his horror that the world's mana, the fuel that makes magic work, is rapidly dwindling. The news spells doom for magic-based society. Unfortunately, no secret that powerful can stay hidden for long.

Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex

Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2017

Can Superman make a baby with Lois Lane, or is he doomed to be the last of his kind? This article discusses the scientific and medical issues involved in copulating with a Kryptonian.Also includes "e;Unfinished Story No. 1"e; and "e;Unfinished Story No. 2."e;

Exercise in Speculation

Exercise in Speculation

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2017

This nonfiction essay, first published in Galaxy in March 1969, discusses the many uses, implications, and limits of teleportation, from personal transportation to interstellar travel.

Theory and Practice of Time Travel

Theory and Practice of Time Travel

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2017

This nonfiction essay, first published in Galaxy in March 1969, discusses the many uses, implications, and limits of teleportation, from personal transportation to interstellar travel.

Inconstant Moon

Inconstant Moon

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2017

How would you spend your last night on Earth? When the moon suddenly starts shining brighter, Stan and Leslie realize the sun must have gone nova, and they only have a few hours until the earth rotates into the deadly sunshine.This story won a Hugo Award and was made into an episode of The Outer Limits.

What Can You Say about Chocolate Covered Manhole Covers?

What Can You Say about Chocolate Covered Manhole Covers?

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2017

Like Cloak of Anarchy, this story is peopled with fictional versions of several of Niven's friends. A discussion among friends about the theory of "e;Multiple Edens"e; suddenly becomes all too real, and the reason Tom Findlay has been asking such interesting questions over the years becomes clear.

Becalmed in Hell

Becalmed in Hell

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2017

Eric is the "e;Brain"e; of the first ship to explore Venus. Howie is his human crewmember. When a fault develops, forcing the ship down onto the hostile Venusian surface, Howie must figure out the problem with Eric, be it mechanical or psychological. "e;Becalmed in Hell"e; first appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction in July 1965.

Madness from the Inconstant Moon

Madness from the Inconstant Moon

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2017

Madness from the Inconstant Moon is a collection of early short science fiction works by Larry Niven, the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series. This classic collection includes "e;The Inconstant Moon,"e; the basis for a forthcoming film by The Arrival producer Shawn Levy."e;All the Myriad Ways"e; (1968)"e;Passerby"e; (1969)"e;For a Foggy Night"e; (1968)"e;Wait It Out"e; (1968)"e;The Jigsaw Man"e; (1967)"e;Not Long before the End"e; (1969)"e;Unfinished Story No. 1"e; (1970)"e;Unfinished Story No. 2"e; (1971)"e;Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex"e; (essay, 1969)"e;Exercise in Speculation: The Theory and Practice of Teleportation"e; (essay, 1969)"e;The Theory and Practice of Time Travel"e; (essay, 1971)"e;Inconstant Moon"e; (1971)"e;What Can You Say about Chocolate Covered Manhole Covers?"e; (1971)"e;Becalmed in Hell"e; (1965)

Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 26, May 2017

Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 26, May 2017

Author: Larry Niven, Mercedes Lackey Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/04/2017

Seascape Tattoo

Seascape Tattoo

Author: Larry Niven, Steven Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2016

The latest spellbinding adventure in Larry Niven's acclaimed collaborations with Steven Barnes Aros of Azteca and Neoloth-Pteor are the deadliest of enemies: swordsman and sorcerer, locked in mortal combat, who have tried to kill each other more times than either can count. But when the princess Neoloth loves is kidnapped, there is only one plan that offers any hope of rescue ... and that requires passing off the barbarian Aros as a lost princeling and infiltrating the deadliest cabal of necromancers the world has ever seen. They cannot trust each other. They will betray or kill each other the first chance they get. But they're all each other has.

Oath of Fealty

Oath of Fealty

Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/04/2016

Ringworld's Children and Fleet of Worlds

Ringworld's Children and Fleet of Worlds

Author: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2016

Two masterworks of science fiction at one low price, from award-winning authors Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner!Ringworld's ChildrenThe Ringworld is a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band three million times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of whom are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe. Explorer Louis Wu, an Earth-born human who was part of the first expedition to Ringworld, becomes enmeshed in interplanetary and interspecies intrigue as war and a powerful new weapon threaten to tear the Ringworld apart forever. Now, the future of Ringworld lies in the actions of its children. All must play a dangerous game in order to save Ringworld's population and the stability of Ringworld itself.Fleet of WorldsIt is two hundred years before the discovery of the Ringworld. Humanity has been faithfully serving the Citizens for years, and Kirsten Quinn-Kovacks is among the best and the brightest of the humans. She gratefully serves the race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship, gave them a home world, and nurtures them still. When a chain reaction of supernovae at the galaxy's core unleashes a wave of lethal radiation that will sterilize the galaxy, the Citizens flee, taking their planets, the Fleet of Worlds, with them. Someone must scout ahead, and Kirsten and her crew eagerly volunteer. Under the guiding eye of Nessus, their Citizen mentor, they explore for any possible dangers in the Fleet's path--and uncover long-hidden truths that will shake the foundations of worlds.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Ringworld The Graphic Novel, Part Two

Ringworld The Graphic Novel, Part Two

Author: Larry Niven Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2015

Rocket with a group of intergalactic explorers to the Ringworld, a massive artificial world looped like a giant ribbon the size of Earth's orbit around the sun. Stranded on this bizarre world, they soon discover that what was once conceived as a Garden of Eden has now reverted to savagery. Civilization has disappeared, leaving powerful machines in charge. Vast ruins litter the surface where mighty floating cities fell from the sky, deadly plants use sunlight to kill, terrifying hurricanes the size of worlds swallow everything in their paths, while roaming gangs of native humanoids stand ready to attack. Louis must now face the greatest challenge of his life. How can he and his friends possibly escape such a hostile place? What happened to the extraordinary treasures of this world? What kind of incredibly powerful alien could destroy the mightiest of the universe's worlds? And what happened to the legendary engineers who built the Ring? The answers lie in the conclusion to the most exciting, action-packed science fiction adventure ever conceived!

Man-Kzin

Man-Kzin

Author: Larry Niven Format: Book Release Date: 05/05/2015

Larry Niven's bestselling Man-Kzin series continues! The kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, had a hard time dealing with their ignominious defeat by the leaf-eating humans. Some secretly hatched schemes for a rematch, others concentrated on gathering power within the kzin hierarchy, and some shamefully cooperated with the contemptible humans, though often for hidden motives. In war and in uneasy peace, kzin and humans continue their adventures with a masterful addition to the Man-Kzin Wars shared universe created by multiple New York Times best-seller, incomparable tale-spinner, and Nebula- and five-time Hugo-Award-winner, Larry Niven.

Shipstar

Shipstar

Author: Larry Niven, Gregory Benford Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2015

When the crew of the Sunseeker investigates a gigantic, bowl-shaped object with a sun at the centre, their landing party is split into two groups. One is captured, while the other is pursed across a deadline landscape. Both seek to unravel the mysteries of the gargantuan artefact known as the SHIPSTAR. To survive, they must escape the alien inhabitants known as the Folk. What they discover on the way will transform the way mankind understands its place in the universe.

The Best of Galaxy's Edge 2013-2014

The Best of Galaxy's Edge 2013-2014

Author: Larry Niven, Mercedes Lackey Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/12/2014

Ringworld

Ringworld

Author: Larry Niven Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2014

In Ringworld, two-hundred-year-old human Louis Wu is recruited by a two-headed alien named Nessus to join him, a catlike warrior alien named Speaker, and the infinitely lucky human Teela Brown to explore an alien artefact. They find a Ringworld, a ribbon millions of miles long built around a distant sun. The civilization has fallen into savagery, though, and after crashing into the Ringworld, Louis must come up with a clever plan to get back to known space, hundreds of light years away. This manga series is aimed at Niven's adult audience with YA crossover potential.

Bowl of Heaven

Bowl of Heaven

Author: Larry Niven, Gregory Benford Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/07/2014

When the Sunseeker laves Earth, bound for the planet called Glory , its crew knows they will never see home again. None of them can ever have imagined, however, what they will find along the way. A gargantuan object, with its own star nettled inside. The bowl shaped structure is following the same path as the Sunseeker and it has a habitable are the size of millions of Earths, A landing party is sent to the surface, where they encounter some of the structures inhabitants - wildly differing species, and not all of them friendly.

Protector

Protector

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2013

This Hugo-nominated work is a classic of Niven's Known Space saga.Phssthpok the Pak had been traveling for most of his thirty-two thousand years. His mission was to save, develop, and protect the group of Pak breeders sent out into space some two and a half million years before.Brennan was a Belter, the product of a fiercely independent, somewhat anarchic society living in, on, and around an outer asteroid belt. The Belters were rebels, one and all, and Brennan was a smuggler. The Belt worlds had been tracking the Pak ship for days, and Brennan figured to meet that ship first.He was never seen again-at least not by those alive at the time.

Smoke Ring

Smoke Ring

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2013

In the free-fall environment of the Smoke Ring, descendants of the crew of the Discipline no longer remember their Earth roots or the existence of Sharls Davis Kendy, the computer-program despot of the ship-until Kendy initiates contact once more.Fourteen years later, only Jeffer, the Citizens Tree Scientist, knows that Kendy is still watching and waiting. Then, when the Citizens Tree people rescue a family of loggers, they learn for the first time of the Admiralty, a large society living in free fall amid the floating debris called the Clump. It is likely that the Admiralty has maintained, intact, Discipline's original computer library. Exploration is a temptation neither Jeffer nor Kendy can resist, and neither Citizens Tree nor Sharls Davis Kendy will ever be the same again.

Man-Kzin Wars

Man-Kzin Wars

Author: Larry Niven Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/06/2013

Larry Niven's bestselling Man-Kzin series begins! The kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, had a hard time dealing with their ignominious defeat by the leaf-eating humans. Some secretly hatched schemes for a rematch, others concentrated on gathering power within the kzin hierarchy, and some shamefully cooperated with the contemptible humans, though often for hidden motives. In war and in uneasy peace, here is the first masterful volume in the Man-Kzin Wars shared universe anthology created by multiple New York Times best-seller, incomparable tale-spinner, and Nebula- and five-time Hugo-Award-winner, Larry Niven. This 25th Anniversary Edition of the original volume of the long-running science fiction anthology that started it all includes an all-new introduction by Larry Niven and art by Stephen Hickman.

Man-Kzin Wars

Man-Kzin Wars

Author: Larry Niven Format: Book Release Date: 12/02/2013

Larry Niven's bestselling Man-Kzin series continues! The kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, had a hard time dealing with their ignominious defeat by the leaf-eating humans. Some secretly hatched schemes for a rematch, others concentrated on gathering power within the kzin hierarchy, and some shamefully cooperated with the contemptible humans, though often for hidden motives. In war and in uneasy peace, kzin and humans continue their adventures with a masterful addition to the Man-Kzin Wars shared universe created by multiple New York Times bestseller, incomparable tale-spinner, and Nebula- and five-time Hugo-Award-winner, Larry Niven. Featuring stories by Jane Lindskold, Charles E. Gannon, Hal Colebatch, and more.

Secret of Black Ship Island

Secret of Black Ship Island

Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2012

This novella by three celebrated authors in the science fiction genre is set between the events of The Legacy of Heorot-which Tom Clancy called "e;outstanding"e;-and Beowulf's Children. The oldest children of the settlers on Avalon are now in their late teens and want independence from their parents and guardians. And they especially don't want them around for the initiation ceremony held on Black Ship Island for the younger children just reaching their teens. But when previously unknown creatures make their deadly appearance, things go horribly wrong.

Burning Tower

Burning Tower

Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2012

Return to the "e;vivid and unusual"e; (Kirkus Reviews) world of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's The Burning City, where the fire god has retreated into myth, leaving the residents of Tep's Town unprotected for the first time in their history. Unfortunately, a fiery fate isn't the only danger Tep's Town is facing. Monsters are coming forth from the desert-great birds with blades instead of wings, driven by some unknown force. Although they can be killed, the threat these "e;terror birds"e; pose is worse than death. Danger on the roads means no trade; no trade means the extinction of Tep's Town. Sent to discover the source of the terror birds, Lord Sandry and his beloved, Burning Tower, must travel into a world where magic is still strong-and where someone or something waits to destroy them. Filled with the sweeping adventure, memorable characters, and imaginative world-building that have defined the novels of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Burning Tower is another triumph.

Building Harlequin's Moon

Building Harlequin's Moon

Author: Larry Niven, Brenda Cooper Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2012

The first interstellar ship, John Glenn, fled a solar system populated by rogue AIs and machine/human hybrids, threatened by too much nanotechnology, and rife with political dangers. The John Glenn's crew intended to terraform the nearly pristine planet Ymir in hopes of creating a utopian society that will limit intelligent technology, but by some miscalculation they have landed in the wrong system. Short on the antimatter needed to continue to Ymir, they must shape nearby planet Harlequin's moon, Selene, into a new, temporary home and rebuild their store of antimatter through decades of terraforming. Gabriel, the head terraformer, now leads this nearly impossible task; his primary tools the uneducated and nearly illiterate children of the original colonists, born and bred to build Harlequin's moon into a virtual antimatter factory. With no concept of the future and with life defined as duty, one girl, Rachel Vanowen, begins to ask herself, what will become of the children of Selene once the terraforming is complete?

Beowulf's Children

Beowulf's Children

Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 20/09/2012

A powerhouse trio of science fiction greats has united to further explore the planet Avalon, first introduced in their classic novel The Legacy of Heorot. "e;Once upon a long, long time ago, our parents and grandparents left a place called Earth. They traveled across the stars in a ship called Geographic to find paradise."e; A new generation is growing up on the island paradise of Camelot, ignorant of the Great Grendel Wars fought when their parents and grandparents first arrived on Earth. Setting out to explore the mainland, this group of young rebels feels ready to fight any grendels that get in their way. On Avalon, however, there are monsters that dwarf the ones their parents fought, and as the group will soon learn, monsters also dwell in the human heart. Avalon does not give up her secrets easily, and some of those mysteries are wicked as sin and blacker than the grave.

Burning City

Burning City

Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle Format: eBook Release Date: 14/09/2012

Each an acclaimed author in his own right, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle have collaborated on some of the biggest bestsellers in science fiction history, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Footfall. Here Niven and Pournelle have combined their award-winning talents and imaginations to produce a masterpiece of epic fantasy that rivals the works of Robert Jordan and David Eddings. Set in the world of Larry Niven's popular The Magic Goes Away, The Burning City transports listeners to an enchanted ancient city bearing a provocative resemblance to our own modern society. There, Yangin-Atep, the volatile and voracious god of fire, alternately protects and destroys the city's denizens. In Tep's Town, nothing can burn indoors, and no fire can start-except when the Burning comes upon the city. At that time the people, possessed by Yangin-Atep, set their own town ablaze in a riotous orgy of destruction that often comes without warning. Whandall Placehold has lived with the Burning all his life. Fighting his way to adulthood in the mean but magical streets of the city's most blighted neighborhoods, Whandall dreams of escaping the god's wrath to find a new and better life. But his best hope for freedom may lie with Morth of Atlantis-the enigmatic sorcerer who killed his father. Both gritty and exotic, The Burning City is a fantasy tale unlike any you have read before.

Legacy of Heorot

Legacy of Heorot

Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2012

Bestselling science fiction superstars Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle combine their talents with those of Steven Barnes in an extraordinary adventure of humankind's first outpost in the farthest reaches of space. Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise-until native creatures savagely attack. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage, and military-style discipline to survive.

Fate of Worlds

Fate of Worlds

Author: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2012

The explosive finale to the Ringworld and the Fleet of Worlds series For decades, the spacefaring species of known space have battled over the largest artifact-and grandest prize-in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. Now, without warning, the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets. Something must justify the blood and treasure that have been spent. If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of its secrets, the puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs-everyone knows that they are cowards. But the crises converging upon the trillion puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas. Adventurer Louis Wu and the exiled puppeteer known only as Hindmost, marooned together for more than a decade, escaped from the Ringworld before it disappeared. And throughout those years, as he studied Ringworld technology, Hindmost has plotted to reclaim his power. One way or another, the fabled puppeteer race may have come to the end of its days.

World out of Time

World out of Time

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2012

After more than two hundred years as a corpsicle, Jaybee Corbell awoke in someone else's body and under threat of instant annihilation if he made a wrong move while they were training him for a one-way mission to the stars. But Corbell bided his time and made his own move. Once he was outbound, where the society that ruled Earth could not reach him, he headed his starship toward the galactic core, where the unimaginable energies of the universe wrenched the fabric of time and space and promised final escape from his captors. Then he returned to an Earth eons older than the one he'd left, a planet that had had three million years to develop perils he had never dreamed of-perils that became nightmares that he had to escape...somehow.

Ringworld Throne

Ringworld Throne

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 24/10/2011

Come back to the Ringworld-the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written. The human Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee: legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the protectors. Incoming spacecraft are being destroyed before they can reach the Ringworld. Vampires are massing. And the Ghouls have their own agenda-if anyone dares approach them to learn. Each race on the Ringworld has always had its own protector. Now it looks as if the Ringworld itself needs a protector. But who will sit on the Ringworld throne?

Ringworld Engineers

Ringworld Engineers

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2011

It's been twenty years since the quixotic and worlds-weary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and Speaker-to-Animals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader. With Louis' help, the Hindmost intends to regain his status by bringing back such extraordinary treasures from the Ringworld that his fellow puppeteers will have to be impressed. But when they arrive, Louis discovers that the Ringworld is no longer stable-and will destroy itself within months. To survive, he must locate the control center of the legendary engineers who built the planet. His quest becomes a wild and gripping venture blended with the mysteries and spectacular technologies that only Larry Niven can conjure.

The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye

The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye

Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2009

Escape from Hell

Escape from Hell

Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle Format: eBook Release Date: 17/02/2009

After being thrown out of the window of his luxury apartment, science fiction writer Allen Carpentier woke to find himself at the gates of Hell. Seeing a great opportunity for a book, he attempted to follow Dante's road map and trekked through the nine circles of Hell. Led by Benito Mussolini, he encountered countless mental and physical tortures. Allan Carpentier escaped from Hell once, but he remained haunted by what he saw and endured. He has now returned, on a mission to liberate those souls unfairly tortured and confined. Partnering with the legendary poet and suicide, Sylvia Plath, Carpentier is a modern-day Christ who intends to harrow Hell and free the damned. But now that he's returned to this Dantesque inferno, can he ever again leave? Escape from Hell is the breathtaking follow-up to Niven and Pournelle's classic science fiction reimagining of Dante's Inferno.

Inferno

Inferno

Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle Format: eBook Release Date: 02/12/2008

An unearthly voice hisses unholy welcome, and the late, great Allen Carpentier begins his one-way journey into the dim nether regions where flame-colored demons wield diabolically sharp pitchforks and tormented vixens reign forever in a pond of sheet ice. Here, in this land of torment and terror, he discovers the amazing truth of the ultimate adventure that lies beyond the grave. After being thrown out of the window of his luxury apartment, science fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of Hell. Feeling he's landed in a great opportunity for a book, he attempts to follow Dante's road map. Determined to meet Satan himself, Carpentier treks through the nine circles of Hell, led by Benito Mussolini, and encounters countless mental and physical tortures. As he struggles to escape, he's taken through new, puzzling, and outlandish versions of sin recast for the present day.

Fleet of Worlds

Fleet of Worlds

Author: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner Format: eBook Release Date: 27/11/2007

Larry Niven teams up with fellow science fiction writer Edward M. Lerner to take a closer look at the events leading up to Niven's first Ringworld novel. Kirsten Quinn-Kovacs is among the best and brightest of her people. She gratefully serves the gentle race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship and nurtures them still. If only the Citizens knew where Kirsten's people came from! A chain reaction of supernovae at the galaxy's core has unleashed a wave of lethal radiation that will sterilize the galaxy. The Citizens flee, taking with them their planets, the Fleet of Worlds. Someone must scout ahead, and Kirsten and her crew eagerly volunteer. Under the guiding eye of Nessus, their Citizen mentor, they set out to explore for any possible dangers in the Fleet's path-and uncover long-hidden truths that will shake the foundations of worlds.

Saturn's Race

Saturn's Race

Author: Larry Niven, Steven Barnes Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2007

The future is a strange and dangerous place. Chaz Kato can testify to that. He is a citizen of Xanudu, a city-sized artificial island populated by some of the wealthiest men and women on future Earth. A place filled with hidden wonders and dark secrets of technology gone awry. Lenore Myles is a student when she travels to Xanadu and becomes involved with Chaz Kato. She is shocked when she uses Kato's access codes to uncover the grizzly truth behind Xandu's glittering facade.Not knowing who to trust, Lenore finds herself on the run. Saturn, a mysterious entity, moves aggressively to break the security breach. With interests of the world's wealthiest people at stake, and powerful technology at it's fingertips, Saturn, puts Lenore racing for her life, against a truly formidable foe.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Draco Tavern

Draco Tavern

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2006

When a tremendous spacecraft took orbit around Earth's moon and began sending smaller landers down toward the North Pole, the newly arrived visitors quickly set up a permanent spaceport in Siberia. Their presence attracted many, and a few grew conspicuously rich from secrets they learned from talking to the aliens. One of these men, Rick Schumann, established a tavern catering to all the various species of visiting aliens, a place he named the Draco Tavern. From the mind of bestselling author Larry Niven come twenty-seven tales and vignettes from this interplanetary gathering place, collected for the first time in one volume. Join Rick and his staff as they chronicle the seemingly infinite alien species that spend a few moments pondering life and all its questions within the Draco Tavern. The stories include "e;The Subject Is Closed,"e; in which a priest visits the tavern and goes one-on-one with a chirpsithra alien on the subject of God and life after death; "e;Table Mannners: A Folk Tale,"e; in which Rick Schumann is invited to hunt with five folk aliens, but he's not quite sure what their hunt entails-or if he will be the hunted; "e;Losing Mars,"e; a previously unpublished tale in which a group of aliens who call Mars and its moon home arrive at the tavern only to find that humans have mostly forgotten about their neighboring planet; and many more.

Ringworld's Children

Ringworld's Children

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2005

Welcome to a world like no other.The Ringworld is a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band three million times the surface of the Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of whom are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.Explorer Louis Wu, an Earth-born human who was part of the first expedition to Ringworld, becomes enmeshed in interplanetary and interspecies intrigue as war and a powerful new weapon threaten to tear the Ringworld apart forever. Now the future of Ringworld lies in the actions of its children:Tunesmith, the Ghould protector; Acolyte, the exiled son of Speaker-to-Animals, and Wembleth, a strange Ringworld native with a mysterious past. All must play a dangerous game in order to save Ringworld's population-and the stability of Ringworld itself.Blending awe-inspiring science with non-stop action and fun, Ringworld's Children is the perfect introduction for readers new to this New York Times bestselling series, and long-time fans won't want to miss it.

Ringworld

Ringworld

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 24/06/2005

The artifact is a vast circular ribbon of matter, some 180 million miles across, with a sun at its center. Pierson's puppeteers-strange, three-legged, two-headed aliens-discovered this "e;Ringworld"e; in a hitherto unexplored part of the galaxy. Curious about the immense structure, but frightened by the prospect of meeting the builders, they set about assembling a team to explore it: Louis Wu, human-old and bored with having lived too fully for too many years, seeking an adventure, and all too capable of handling it. Nessus, puppeteer-a trembling coward from a species with an inbuilt survival pattern of nonviolence. This particular puppeteer, however, is insane. Speaker-to-Animals, kzin-large, orange-furred, and carnivorous. The kzin are one of the most savage life-forms known. The party's expedition, however, goes disastrously wrong when their ship crash-lands and its motley crew faces a daunting trek across thousands of miles of Ringworld territory.

Ringworld

Ringworld

Author: Larry Niven Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/06/2005

Pierson's puppeteers, strange, three-legged, two-headed aliens, have discovered an immense structure in a hitherto unexplored part of the universe. Frightened of meeting the builders of such a structure, the puppeteers set about assembling a team consisting of two humans, a puppeteer and a kzin, an alien not unlike an eight-foot-tall, red-furred cat, to explore it. The artefact is a vast circular ribbon of matter, some 180 million miles across, with a sun at its centre - the Ringworld. But the expedition goes disastrously wrong when the ship crashlands and its motley crew faces a trek across thousands of miles of the Ringworld's surface.

Scatterbrain

Scatterbrain

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 30/06/2003

Another dazzling collection of fact, fiction, and wit from the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning master of hard science fiction!Larry Niven is the New York Times bestselling author of such classic science fiction novels as Ringworld and Destiny's Road. His previous collection, N-Space, was lauded by the Houston Post as "e;outstanding . . . hours of entertainment,"e; while Publishers Weekly called it "e;a must for science fiction fans."e; A follow-up volume, Playgrounds of the Mind, was similarly praised by Kirkus Reviews: "e;An abundance of Niven's curious yet disciplined inventiveness and his fun-filled knack for turning seemingly absurd notions into credible, absorbing fiction. Grand entertainment."e;Now, ten years later, Scatterbrain collects an equally engaging assortment of Niven's latest work, all in one captivating volume. Here are choice excerpts from several of his most recent novels, including his upcoming Ringworld's Child and Rainbow Mars, as well as numerous short stories, nonfiction articles, interviews, editorials, collaborations, and correspondence. True to its title, Scatterbrain roams all over a wide variety of fascinating topics, featuring Niven's singular insights into everything from space stations to convention etiquette.So give yourself a treat, and feel free to pick the brain-or Scatterbrain-of one of modern science fiction's most fascinating thinkers.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Rainbow Mars

Rainbow Mars

Author: Larry Niven Format: eBook Release Date: 15/05/2000

Five-time Hugo Award-winner Larry Niven weaves together time travel and fantasy to create an utterly unique novel on the origin of the Martian "e;canals."e;Hanville Svetz was born into a future earth that matches the sorriest predictions of Greenpeace. With most of Earth's original species extinct, Svetz travels back and forth in time retrieving them. Svetz learns that Mars was inhabited, and how the sapient Martian species were wiped out. He forsees that Earth could soon fall victim to the same fate.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The World Of Ptavvs

The World Of Ptavvs

Author: Larry Niven Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2000

Larry Greenberg's telepathic tendencies had been trained and developed to a critical level. The trouble was that if these psychic interchanges were strong enough, a man could end up not knowing who he really was. But when Larry's mind is taken over by an alien force, he has to fight to retain his sanity - and divert a disaster that threatens all mankind. And when Larry's mind is taken over by a sinister alien force, he has to fight to retain his sanity - and divert a disaster that threatens all mankind...

The Burning City

The Burning City

Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2000

Ringworld Engineers

Ringworld Engineers

Author: Larry Niven Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/08/1982

Ringworld: the most stunning artifact in known space, an articficial world with three million times Earth's surface area. Who built it? And where are they? In this stunning sequel to Larry Niven's Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel, Louis Wu (now a near-hopeless lirehead hooked on electrical ecstasy), the aged Kzin warrior, Speaker-to-Animals, and the Hindmost, puppeteer mate of mad Nessus, return to Ringworld. Their aim is to prevent cataclysm. IN the process, they find themselves learning Ringworld's incredible secrets...

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