Crashlander Beowulf Shaeffer has long been one of the most popular characters in Known Space. Now, for the first time ever, Larry Niven brings together all the Beowulf Shaeffer stories--including a brand-new one--in one long tale of exploration and adventure! PLUS--an all-new framing story that pulls together all of Beowulf Shaeffer's adventures and allows Shaeffer and his family to make a clean start at life once and for all!
1 • Ghost • [Known Space] • novelette by Larry Niven
8 • Neutron Star • [Known Space] • (1966) • novelette by Larry Niven
32 • At the Core • [Known Space] • (1966) • novelette by Larry Niven
57 • Flatlander • [Known Space] • (1967) • novelette by Larry Niven
107 • Grendel • [Known Space] • (1968) • shortstory by Larry Niven
160 • The Borderland of Sol • [Known Space] • (1975) • novelette by Larry Niven
213 • Procrustes • [Known Space] • (1993) • novella by Larry Niven
Allan Carpenter escaped from hell once but 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, Carpenter 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?
Jaybee Corbell awoke after more than 200 years as a corpsicle -- in someone else's body, and under sentence of instant annihilation if he made a wrong move while they were training him for a one-way mission to the stars.
But Corbell picked 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 3,000,000 years to develop perils he had never dreamed of -- perils that became nightmares that he had to escape...somehow!
The scariest aliens in the galaxy follow a simple rule: destroy all opposition.
The brilliant, xenophobic Pak are fleeing the chain reaction of supernovae at the galaxy’s core. Nothing and no one is going to impede their migration. Devastated worlds -- any civilization that could possibly have interfered -- lie shattered in their wake. And now the Fleet of Worlds is in their sights.
The trillion Puppeteers who inhabit the Fleet might have the resources to confront the threat -- but Puppeteers are philosophical cowards. They don't confront anyone. They need allies to investigate the situation and then take action. Who better than the Puppeteers' newly independent one-time slave world, New Terra?
Sigmund Ausfaller, former Earth intelligence agent and current paranoid, finds himself leading the war against the Pak. With his own allies, the enigmatic, aquatic Gw'oth, Sigmund prepares to face everyone's mutual enemy. And neither humans nor Gw'oth have any intention of becoming cannon fodder.
Pierson's puppeteers, three-leg two-head aliens find immense structure in unexplored part of the universe. Frightened of meeting the builders, they send a team of two humans, a puppeteer and a kzin, eight-foot red-fur catlike alien. Ringworld is 180 million miles across, sun at center. But the expedition crashes, and crew face disastrously long trek.
Once there was unlimited magic, but reckless magicians have used up the mana, the power behind the magic. Larry Niven opens his world to the storytelling talents of Poul Anderson, Steven Barnes, Mildred Downey Broxon, and Dean Ing with stories that tap the hidden reserves of mana and uncover the forgotten places of power.
Larry Niven created his popular "Magic Goes Away" universe in 1967, and it has been a source of delight and inspiration ever since. By asking the simple question, What if magic were a finite resource?, Niven brought to life a mesmerizing world of wonder and loss, of hope and despair. The success of his first story collection, "The Magic Goes Away," birthed two sequel anthologies, "The Magic May Return" and "More Magic." All three volumes are collected here for the first time, with stories by Niven himself, as well as contributions by such luminaries of fantasy as Roger Zelazny, Fred Saberhagen, Steven Barnes, and Poul Anderson.
Featuring a brand-new introduction by Larry Niven, "The Magic Goes Away Collection" gives readers insight into the breathtaking world of Niven and Jerry Pournelle's "The Burning City" and "Burning Tower" and stands on its own as a landmark in fantasy fiction
A stand-alone novel in the best-selling Man-Kzin War anthology series created by multiple New York Times best seller Larry Niven. A young man and his Kzin friend seek technological bounty on a forbidden planet while in a race with Kzin space pirates willing to kidnap and kill to make the treasure their own.
A thrilling stand-alone novel addition to the long-running, popular Man-Kzin Wars series created by New York Times multiple best seller, Larry Niven.
“Ah, the wealth o’ the treasure planet be beyond the dreams of Man or the hopes o’ Kzin!”
On Wunderland, a generation after Liberation, memories of the bloody kzin conquest and Occupation have faded, and men and kzin live largely in peace. But the fabulous treasure of the kzin pirates, hidden on a distant world, remains a magnet for freebooters. Young Peter Cartwright and his kzinrett friend Marthar receive information and map from a most unlikely source and soon themselves fighting the most ruthless pirates in Known Space for an unimaginable prize.
About the Man-Kzin War Series:
“[The Man-Kzin Wars series is] excellent . . .gripping . . .and expands well on Larry Niven’s universe. . . .” –Locus
Ein neuer Auftrag für Hanville Svetz: Er soll herausfinden, warum die Marskanäle ausgetrocknet sind und was dies für die Zukunft der Erde bedeutet. Denn der Mars war einmal bewohnt. Als Svetz erfährt, wie die intelligenten Marsianer ausgelöscht wurden, wird ihm klar, dass die Erde bald einem ähnlichen Schicksal zum Opfer fallen könnte. Es bleibt ihm nicht viel Zeit, dies zu verhindern
Der fünfmalige Hugo-Preisträger Larry Niven verknüpft Zeitreise und Fantasy, um einen einzigartigen Roman über den Ursprung der "Marskanäle" zu schaffen.
ISBN 3-404-24290-4 DM 16,90
Larry Niven created his popular "Magic Goes Away" universe in 1967, and it has been a source of delight and inspiration ever since. By asking the simple question, What if magic were a finite resource?, Niven brought to life a mesmerizing world of wonder and loss, of hope and despair. The success of his first story collection, The Magic Goes Away, birthed two sequel anthologies, The Magic May Return and More Magic. All three volumes are collected here for the first time, with stories by Niven himself, as well as contributions by such luminaries of fantasy as Roger Zelazny, Fred Saberhagen, Steven Barnes, and Poul Anderson.
Featuring a brand-new introduction by Larry Niven, The Magic Goes Away Collection gives readers insight into the breathtaking world of Niven and Jerry Pournelle's The Burning City and Burning Tower and stands on its own as a landmark in fantasy fiction
Come back to the Ringworld . . . the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to a 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?
"Niven's work has been an intriguing and consistent universe, and this book is the keystone of the arch. . . . [His] technique is wonderfully polished, his characters and their situations are nicely drawn . . . wraps up (maybe) a corner of a very interesting universe".
--San Diego Union-Tribune
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. 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...
"Snappy, ingenious, and upbeat." - Galaxy
Made the 1st ballot for the 1967 Nebula
On an L.A. talk show Arthur C. Clarke was once asked to name his favorite writer. His answer was "Larry Niven." Countless others agree. The Baltimore Sun and Kirkus Reviews have both dubbed Niven "the premier writer of hard SF," and Gregory Benford has hailed him as "the paradigm of SF personality of the last several decade."
Now Larry Niven presents us with his undisputed masterwork. N-Space contains, very simply, the best SF of his career--marvelous fiction, a wealth of anecdotes and gossip, plus Niven's own special brand of wit and excitement.
1 • Introduction: The Maker of Worlds • (1990) • essay by Tom Clancy
3 • On Niven • (1992) • essay by Frederik Pohl and Steven Barnes and David Brin and John Hertz and Wendy All and Gregory Benford
15 • Dramatis Personae • (1990) • essay by Larry Niven
25 • Foreword: Playgrounds for the Mind • (1990) • essay by Larry Niven
31 • From World of Ptavvs (excerpt) • (1990) • shortfiction by Larry Niven
36 • Bordered in Black • (1966) • shortstory by Larry Niven
56 • Convergent Series • (1967) • shortstory by Larry Niven (variant of The Long Night)
62 • All the Myriad Ways • [Time Travel - Parallel Universe] • (1968) • shortstory by Larry Niven
73 • From A Gift From Earth (Excerpt) • (1990) • shortfiction by Larry Niven
90 • The Meddler • (1968) • novelette by Larry Niven
112 • Passerby • [State] • (1969) • shortstory by Larry Niven
126 • Down in Flames • (1969) • essay by Larry Niven
139 • From Ringworld (Excerpt) • (1990) • shortfiction by Larry Niven
148 • The Fourth Profession • (1971) • novelette by Larry Niven
195 • "Shall We Indulge in Rishathra?" • (1978) • shortfiction by Larry Niven
195 • "Shall We Indulge in Rishathra?" • (1978) • interior artwork by William Rotsler
199 • Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex • (1969) • essay by Larry Niven
208 • Inconstant Moon • (1971) • novelette by Larry Niven
234 • What Can You Say About Chocolate Covered Manhole Covers? • (1971) • shortstory by Larry Niven
245 • Cloak of Anarchy • [Known Space] • (1972) • shortstory by Larry Niven
269 • From Protector (excerpt) • (1990) • shortfiction by Larry Niven
279 • The Hole Man • (1974) • shortstory by Larry Niven
293 • Night on Mispec Moor • [State] • (1974) • shortstory by Larry Niven
305 • Flare Time • (1978) • novella by Larry Niven
347 • The Locusts • (1979) • novelette by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes
389 • From The Mote in God's Eye (excerpt) • (1990) • shortfiction by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
394 • Building the Mote in God's Eye • [A Step Farther Out] • (1976) • essay by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
420 • Brenda • (1988) • novella by Larry Niven
465 • The Return of William Proxmire • (1989) • shortstory by Larry Niven
475 • The Tale of the Jinni and the Sisters • (1988) • shortstory by Larry Niven
491 • Madness Has Its Place • [Man-Kzin Wars] • (1990) • novelette by Larry Niven
519 • Niven's Laws (1990 version) • (1990) • essay by Larry Niven
528 • The Kiteman • [Integral Trees] • (1990) • novelette by Larry Niven
571 • The Alien in Our Minds • (1987) • essay by Larry Niven
580 • Space • (1990) • essay by Larry Niven
597 • Bibliography of Larry Niven • (1990) • essay by uncredited
Ranging from the 20th Century to the 31st, these interconnected stories trace Man's expansion and colonization throughout the galaxy...
Becalmed in hell
Howie's spaceship had a malfunction...but it might be only psychosomatic!
Wait it out
He was trapped on Pluto...and all his assets were frozen!
The borderland of Sol
Forward possessed the ultimate weapon...but no one would ever see it!
The jigsaw man
The organ banks want you...now!
Cloak of anarchy
They were free to be anything but violent...but that wasn't enough!
-- plus eight other great stories in Niven's spectacular cycle of the future...and, special for this volume, a complete Niven bibliography and a detailed chronology of all his Known Space stories!
Timeline for Known Space
My Universe and Welcome To It!
Coldest Place, The
Becalmed in Hell
Wait it Out
Eye of an Octopus
How the Heroes Die
The Jigsaw Man
At the Bottom of a Hole
Cloak of Anarchy
The Borderland of Sol
There is a Tide
Safe at Any Speed
Bibliography: The Worlds of Larry Niven