Larry Niven

(Laurence van Cott Niven)

Larry Niven
Larry Niven
  • Born: April 30, 1938
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer









Laurence van Cott Niven is an American science fiction writer. His best-known work is Ringworld (1970), which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named him the 2015 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. It also often includes elements of detective fiction and adventure stories. His fantasy includes the series The Magic Goes Away, rational fantasy dealing with magic as a non-renewable resource.

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The majority is always sane. Human Nature
There is no cause so right that one cannot find a fool following it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
And every friend I've got has been writing Mars stories. It was pretty clear I'd never catch up.
Anything beats an expensive stack of paper.
As for AIDS, it's a plague. We are human, we get plagues. They come along every so often, kill off two thirds of the population; in the next generation it's a quarter; after that it's a childhood disease.
Bruce Sterling is one terrific writer and he's relatively new, but I don't know how long he's been doing it; he probably doesn't need the publicity anymore!
Building one space station for everyone was and is insane: we should have built a dozen. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
But... watching Steven Barnes taught me to treat my life like an art form. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Everything starts as somebody's daydream.
I do not believe they've run out of surprises.
I do suspect that privacy was a passing fad.
I don't have a strong interest in history. History
I love superconductors. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never got good at predicting what millions of people will suddenly decide is rational.
I'd repair our education system or replace it with something that works. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I'd visit the near future, close enough that someone might want to talk to Larry Niven and can figure out the language; distant enough to get me decent medical techniques and a ticket to the Moon. Future ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I'm not predicting; I just love playing with superconductors. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
In general, I don't know when inspiration will pop up.
In hindsight it may even seem inevitable that a socialist society will starve when it runs out of capitalists. Society
I've got five or six unpublished stories kicking around looking for somebody to buy them.
I've spent a lot of my life among people brighter than myself. Life
My problem with new writers is that it takes me five or six years to memorise the right names.
SF isn't a genre; SF is the matrix in which genres are embedded, and because the SF field is never going in any one direction at any one time, there is hardly a way to cut it off. Time
The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program.
The human species really could have faced global thermonuclear war. During seventy years of Cold War we grew used to it. War & Peace
Treat your life like something to be sculpted. Life
We need to take command of the solar system to gain that wealth, and to escape the sea of paper our government is becoming, and for some decent chance of stopping a Dinosaur Killer asteroid. Government
We should not have assumed that a political space station could be built.
We're looking as far ahead as we can, and we don't get penalized for mistakes.

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