Laurence van Cott Niven is an American science fiction author. His best-known work is Ringworld (1970), which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics.

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Do the Gw'oth know that the galaxy is exploding?

In the *** of Worlds Known Space books by Lerner and Niven a species called the Gw'oth is introduced. They interact with humans and Puppeteers in the novels and eventually establish their own colony ...
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How would one navigate on Larry Niven's “Ringworld”?

A long,long time ago I read Larry Niven's "Ringworld" and "The Ringworld Engineers". It recently occurred to me that trips on the Ringworld have a problem: The Ringworld is so vast that finding out ...
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Any artists' concepts of Moties published in 20th Century?

I was fascinated with the unusual design of the Moties described in the Niven & Pournelle novel The Mote in God's Eye. I don't recall ever seeing any illustration showing a Motie. Have any ...
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Is there a full directed graph for suggested order of reading of all Known Space books/stories?

I know that there are a couple of web sites which list a full timeline of Known Space works. Is the timeline order the suggested reading order for the full Known Space universe? If not, what is and ...
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Are there any Known Space works I should read before Man-Kzin Wars?

Are there any works set in Known Space Universe that should be read before Man-Kzin wars series? Please note the "should" - I am including works that aren't strictly speaking necessary to "get" the ...
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Where did the escapees from Ringworld end up?

I don't recall that Larry Niven provided any clues as to the fate of the Ringworld denizens that fled the structure via the space vehicles they constructed out of the stabilizing rockets(rim jets) ...
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Why didn't Brennan turn Roy into a protector as soon as possible after Kobold?

In the book Protector, Brennan takes Roy on a voyage to intercept the Pak scouts and lead them away from Sol. Throughout the five to ten year voyage Brennan teaches and trains Roy how to handle the ...
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Why did Benito climb up Satan while Dante Alighieri and his guide Virgil climbed down?

Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's Inferno and Escape from Hell are based on Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. Aside from some new tortures for sins brought about by modernization, Niven and Pournelle ...
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Is there a Known Space story about a field that catalyzes combustion?

In the Niven short story "Madness Has Its Place", there's this passage: The ARM suppresses dangerous technology. What the ARM buries is supposed to stay buried. I remembered a kind of time ...
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Which book, if any, describes the fate of the Brennan Monster in the Ringworld book series?

First introduced in Larry Nivens Known Space novel Protector, was the fate of the Brennan Monster, Earth's first Human Protector, ever revealed in the Ringworld book series? If so, which book tells ...
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Novel in which warships are shielded by superconductors and ice

Trying to remember a scifi novel where the warships were protected in part from enemy lasers and such by superconductive shielding that was in turn connected to a superconductive wire run through a ...
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Did the “Lying Bastard” create the Fist of God?

Did Louis Wu's General Products' #2 hull equiped spacecraft, the "Lying Bastard", create the Fist of God mountain on Ringworld?
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Why is an episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series the only adaptation of Larry Niven's Known Space?

With dozens of short stories and novels written by scifi icon Larry Niven and an awarding winning group of visiting authors, I noticed that Star Trek TAS episode Slaver Weapon is the only TV show or ...
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Does the Carlos Wu redesigned Autodoc recycle dead crewmates during the process of healing injured crewmembers that are placed inside of it?

In the Larry Niven/Edward M. Lerner novel "Juggler of Worlds", Sigmund Ausfaller, ARM Agent, notes Beowulf Shaeffer was smaller in stature and now had the body mass of a missing crewmember after ...
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Are the Milky-Way solar systems depicted in Larry Niven's “Known Space” based on “real world” astonomy viewed from Earth?

Are the solar systems depicted in Larry Niven's fictional book series about "Known Space" based on observations from Earth? Or, once the story leaves our solar system, does his science fiction lean ...
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Recommended order for the Larry Niven “of Worlds” books?

I just finished Larry Niven's Destroyer of Worlds then picked up Betrayer of Worlds and Fleet of Worlds at the library. A quick check of the dust jacket synopsis doesn't clue me in as to which order I ...
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What is the “Kzinti Lesson” from Larry Niven's Ringworld?

I am re-reading Ringworld now, and I came across this term; does anyone know where I can find the origin in Niven's canon of work?
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Is there a website that states which authors have written in Larry Nivens “playground”?

Is there a website that states which authors have taken the literary ball and run with it in Larry Nivens playground?
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Order of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Books

I finished reading (or listening since it was an audio book) to Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's Mote in God's Eye. And I was wondering if there is a suggested order to read their books? Plain ...
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What actually happens to ships using hyperdrive in gravity wells?

This post consists basically of spoilers, so you should stop reading now if you don't want to be spoiled :) In most Known Space stories we are told that you can't use hyperdrive inside gravity wells. ...
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What are Starseeds

I'm currently reading Juggler of Worlds by Niven & Lerner. I have read, a while ago, all the Ringworld books and a few other Known Space, so I remember that However, now that I ran into them ...
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Why is the indentation for Mars missing from the underside of the Ringworld?

I was reading Lary Niven's "The Ringworld Engineers" last night. In the last chapter I read, they were flying the Needle underneath the Ringworld, passing under The Great Ocean, looking at the ...
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How is equipment installed into a General Products hull?

In the Known Space universe, General Products hulls are supposed to be a single molecule manufactured in one go, then equipped afterwards. How is that supposed to work? Since they're indestructible,* ...
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How did Ol't'ro stop Achilles' attack?

During the climactic confrontation at the end of Betrayer of Worlds: We are told that Achilles saw a bright flash when the missiles were "taken care of", and then a fast moving object showed up ...
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Recommended order of Ringworld novels

Larry Niven's novel Ringworld is, according to wikipedia, "followed by three sequels, and preceded by four prequels". 1) Is it a good idea to read all of them (or is there another Star Warsgate ...
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If the Puppeteer worlds are traveling near light-speed, shouldn't their time be dilated?

If it were, the time that Louis Wu spent there would have seemed very short, but would have actually been years. Was this ever addressed?
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How close was the Puppeteer's homeworld to the Ringworld?

Specifically, I'm curious about 2 key points in time. When the Ringworld was first explored by Louis Wu (Ie, the book Ringworld) During the Fringe War (Ringworld's Children) And if you want a ...
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Who is the Hindmost in the Ringworld sequels?

In Ringworld, the puppeteer Nessus leads the expedition with a goal of mating with the Hindmost. In the sequels, the Conservatives took over power on the Fleet of Worlds and the deposed Hindmost ...
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In Niven's Known Space, what currency are the Outsiders interested in?

I seem to remember something a Puppeteer (Nessus?) said about paying them with "Stars". I couldn't find any mention of this in Wikipedia, so maybe I'm not remembering correctly.
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Puppeteers' homeworld heat a major problem?

I recently read the Ringworld series by Larry Niven, and I was most intrigued by the Puppeteers. In particular, was the claim that their homeworld could do just about anything, except for get rid of ...
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Instability of Niven's ringworld

I've read that the ringworld's design is actually unstable, and that it would drift and eventually collide with the star it was supposed to orbit. How is this flaw corrected in the subsequent stories? ...
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What were the “mistakes” in the first paperback edition of Ringworld?

The dedication of The Ringworld Engineers reads If you own a first paperback edition of Ringworld, it's the one with the mistakes in it. It's worth money. What are these mistakes that were ...