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by Larry Niven

Here's a 1977 paperback edition of Larry Niven's "Neutron Star" collection, first published in 1968. This include "The Soft Weapon," which was adapted into the episode "The Slaver Weapon" for "Star Trek: The Animated Series." Meaning the Kzinti were brought into the Star Trek universe. But it's also part of Niven's "Known Space" stories, and includes the Puppeteers, Beowulf Shaeffer, the Grog & the Kdatylno (the last two are illustrated in the book's inside covers. This copy was bought used and read through, so it's a bit worn, though still solid. Some corner wear on the cover and a bit or roll on the spine. Not offering this as anything more than a good reading copy. B5 "Come to Larry Niven's Universe and meet all the natives: Thrints, Bandersnatchi, Puppeteers -- and a host of other wonderfully created characters. Visit Lookitthat, Down, and Jinx -- indeed, an entire galaxy of planets found only in these stories that trace man's expansion and colonization throughout Known Space. A spectacular cycle of the future . . . a 10,000-year history of man on Earth and in space!"
Download Neutron Star epub
ISBN: 0345270657
ISBN13: 978-0345270658
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Author: Larry Niven
Language: English
Publisher: Del Rey; 7th Printing edition (August 12, 1977)
ePUB size: 1305 kb
FB2 size: 1377 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 754
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I got a few pages in and was having a hard time getting into it so set it aside for awhile. Then I picked it up again and realized how much depth there was to it. A series of interconnected stories with crazy ends to some parts of it. The ending itself was enjoyable and I can't help wishing there was more. However, I find danger in prequels and sequels. Frankly, this work stands on its own and has no need for more. It just makes me want more.
Light out of Fildon
I bought the eBook version of Neutron Star to replace my paperback version. I bought that version off the rack in a drugstore in 1981 and Mr. Niven just signed the cover at Dragon*Con 2013. I'm going to seal it in plastic and never open it again.

These stories introduced me to both real hard science fiction and to Larry Niven's "Known Space". I've enjoyed his style and his characters for 32 years. The stories hold up well and the places where science has caught up with fiction are easy to overlook.

In the eBook version there are, I'm afraid, a couple of almost unforgivable typos and/or OCR errors. The worst one so far? In the story "Flatlander" Elephant's ship's nickname converted to "5700"... It's full name is "Slower Than Infinity" so you can probably guess what the nickname should be. These kinds of errors are keeping me from feeling truly comfortable with buying eBooks for a first read. If I hadn't already read my paperback version 10 or 15 times I might have just passed "5700" as being weird and nonsensical and blamed the author... (I'm not sure if it is in this volume or the last one I read but "under" scanned as "tinder" - looking at the shape of the letters it's easy to see how that could happen...) My point is that this is an easy fix. Proofread the books before they are posted.

I'd appreciate it if someone can tell me who to blame for this...

Bottom line:

5 stars for the stories - Loved them then, love them now.
3 stars for the scan and the apparent lack of a proofreading...

You can do the math.
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Larry Niven's writing is crisp and imaginative. He is a fine observer of California culture and incorporates it in his characters and settings. Further, he extends it into technologies and presents a future that is the logical outcome of things we'd like to be able to do and have and may or may not someday. Most important,though, is his observation of character, especially in the life of Beowulf Schaeffer in several stories, and Garvey and Jilson in "The Handicapped". I've just finished reading "Grendel", the last story in the book, and I find the turning point of the story remarkably true to human nature: Schaeffer refuses to be played for a fool. We've all had that moment where the response we wanted to make came a moment or days late. But Niven's characters are on the ball at all times, and react immediately, logically, and honestly. All of the stories in this book are compelling good reads, even "The Ethics of Madness" which I find a little creepy.
This was the collection that started it all. Larry Niven created his "Known Worlds" universe, populating it with humans and aliens. This is "hard" science-fiction, where a close orbit around a neutron star is a key plot point, but where relationships between people and alien beings are equally important. Brilliant stuff from 1970's SF.
I first read this collection of Larry Niven's short stories in 1971. It was my first introduction to the "new wave" science fiction. I was very impressed and moved Larry Niven to the top of my "must have" booklist. His characters are original and unforgettable. I wanted another copy to loan to friends. Highly Recommended!
This was my introduction to the hard SciFi of Larry Niven. It is a collection of thought provoking short stories extremely well told. If you are smart enough to enjoy SciFi, I highly recommend this. Do not despair when you finish. There are many more stories from His "Known Space" collection.
Niven is always 5 stars from me, especially his short stories.
The Known Space stories were my introduction to so-called Hard SF. After reading Dream Park, a murder mystery set in a live-action fantasy game adventure attraction, I was ready to give his other stuff a try. Great characters (the Puppeteers and Beowulf Shaeffer), fascinating situations, and surprising answers to impossible conundrums. A great gateway to the "New Old Masters of SF".