Saturday, April 16, 2016

N = NIVEN, Larry - Author, A-Z Blog Challenge 2016

Imagine a Ringworld**, where gravity and perspective vary from the more common sphere shaped planet. Larry Niven is the creator of such a world.


Larry Niven, Science Fiction Author, photo - PD-GNU


N = Niven, Larry, Author
Theme = Authors, AtoZ


Laurence van Cott Niven, born April 30, 1938, is now known as Larry Niven, an American science fiction writer. He writes hard science fiction using big science concepts and theoretical physics. His best known work is Ringworld (1970) for which he received numerous awards. These included the Hugo and the Nebula Awards and the Science Fiction Writers of America recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

Niven has authored many award-winning science fiction short stories and novels, beginning in 1964. He has also written scripts for three science fiction television series, and for DC Comics character, Green Lantern

Many of Niven's stories comprise the Tales of Known Space - and take place in his Known Space universe, where humanity shares the several habitable star systems with over a dozen alien species. Ringworld is part of the Known Space series.

Then, there's Niven's Law:There is no cause so right that one cannot find a fool following it. Niven has added to the first law a list of Niven's Laws, which he says describes 'how the Universe works' as far as he can tell.

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**RINGWORLD

What is a Ringworld? "A band of material, roughly a million miles wide and of the same diameter as Earth's orbit, rotating around a star." Niven was trying to envision a more efficient version of a Dyson Sphere. His most famous contribution to the SF genre comes from his novel Ringworld. It's an interesting concept. . .a dizzying one.






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Have you heard of or ever read science fiction author Larry Niven? If you don't like science fiction that much, what genre do you prefer?

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here and I'll respond.  Thanks for dropping by!

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A to Z Challenge - 2016

It's April again and time for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z challenge  This is my 4th year participating in the challenge! (Previous A to Z  posts at the top of my blog page tabs are: Art A-Z, French Faves, Paris, Etc. 

Thanks to originator Lee (Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out), and the co-hosts and co-host teams who make the challenge run smoothly. See the list of participants, and other important information at the A to Z Blog site.  The basic idea is to blog every day in April except Sundays (26 days). On April 1st, you begin with the letter A, April 2 is the letter B, and so on. Posts can be random or use a theme.



Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2016 - Badge

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References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Niven Wiki on Larry Niven


Image of Larry Niven  (top of post)
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17 comments:

  1. Geez I feel so ignorant...I've never heard of him either. :(

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    1. No need for that JoJo, he's one of the known names to those who read scifi, but if you don't then how would you know about him? I couldn't name too many romance writers, either if I had to. . . simply because I don't read that genre, generally. We all read what tickles our curiosity. . .

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  2. I'm not a science fiction reader, until now, so thank you for introducing Niven today.

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    1. My pleasure, Nicola. Niven has some good stories out and I like the Ringworld series. Like Roland mentions, he's done collaborations also with Pournelle which are well-liked by many.

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  3. This is a new author for me. Thanks for the information--I will see what I can find.

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    1. You'll find quite a few with Niven's name on it. I'm glad you can at least check out a new author - another one with many awards.

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  4. I love his collaborations with Jerry Pournelle - Inferno ( a science fiction wakes up in a Hell that resembles Dante's Inferno) -- The Mote in God's Eye (a fantastic story of Man's first meeting with truly alien life) -- Lucifer's Hammer (a chilling account of the aftermath of a comet slamming into the earth) -- Footfall (a sobering tale of Earth being invaded by alien colonists).

    Larry Niven is a great historian of military campaigns, too. :-)

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    1. I read Lucifer's Hammer and Footfall, and maybe Inferno, this was a few years ago though. I didn't know he was a historian of military campaigns, but that wouldn't appeal to me so much. Thanks for highlighting his collaborations with Pournelle, Roland.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Helen, and I tried to comment on your post 'Never say never' but couldn't as I'm not on Google plus. Sorry. That phrase is my policy too!

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  6. I write science fiction so I know of Larry Niven. I'm not into the hard-core science fiction but I have read some of his Ringworld novels.

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  7. I can't say that I am not a fan of science fiction because I have really never tried it. Seems daunting at times because the concepts are so foreign to me. I feel like I need to do some research first. ;)

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  8. Another author on my TBR. Any relation of David Niven?

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  9. Yes, but sadly I don't recall the details, another book I need to pick up again. I've just started writing sci-fi - I need to read more of it as I've a series in sci-fi I want to finish!

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  10. I haven't heard of him and I have read only a few science fiction books. I hav no genres I prefer. A book just has to be well written and interesting. Now I have to go and look at your writer for the letter M, which I missed.

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    1. Thanks for coming by and reading the other posts, Inger, I appreciate that. Niven is not my favorite, but he is a recognized great writer and Ringworld was one of the best of his works.

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  11. Hi DG - I hadn't heard of him ... but I love his 'real' name - the 'van Cott' bit ... I'll keep my eyes out for him now ... Sci Fi is not really my area - but I am learning .. cheers Hilary

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