The Best of Larry Niven

by Larry Niven
Release date: November 2010
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, short stories

With the publication of his first story, “The Coldest Place”, in 1964 Larry Niven launched one of the most important careers in the history of science fiction. Over the next decade his stunning hard science fiction won four short fiction Hugo Awards and both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for his all-time classic novel, Ringworld.

But it was the short stories that amazed and astounded first. Stories like “The Coldest Place”, “Becalmed in Hell”, “Neutron Star”, and “All the Myriad Ways”set the boundaries for ‘Known Space’, one of science fiction’s grandest future histories, while Niven also explored the classic tavern story in his ‘Draco’s Tavern’ sequence and even fantasy in his ‘Magic Goes Away’ stories.

Astoundingly, there has never been a single compendium the focused solely on Niven’s best short fiction until now. The Best of Larry Niven collects no less than twenty seven stories written over a period of thirty-five years, bringing together some of the best-loved stories in science fiction for the first time, along with some overlooked classics. Whether this is your first time in Known Space or you’re visiting old friends in Draco’s Tavern, The Best of Larry Niven is unforgettable.


  • Becalmed in Hell
  • Bordered in Black
  • Neutron Star
  • The Soft Weapon
  • The Jigsaw Man
  • The Deadlier Weapon
  • All the Myriad Ways
  • Not Long Before the End
  • Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex
  • Inconstant Moon
  • Rammer
  • Cloak of Anarchy
  • The Fourth Profession
  • Flash Crowd
  • The Defenceless Dead
  • The Flight of the Horse
  • The Hole Man
  • Night On Mispec Moor
  • Flatlander
  • The Magic Goes Away
  • Cautionary Tales
  • Limits
  • A Teardrop Falls
  • The Return of William Proxmire
  • The Borderland of Sol
  • Smut Talk
  • The Missing Mass
(updated 2011-01-02)

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