THE BEST OF LARRY NIVEN by Larry Niven, edited by Jonathan Strahan. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2010. 1st trade hardcover edition. OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER.
Length: 616 pages.
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.
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition.
Table of Contents:
Becalmed in Hell,
Bordered in Black,
The Soft Weapon,
The Jigsaw Man,
The Deadlier Weapon,
All the Myriad Ways,
Not Long Before the End,
Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex,
Cloak of Anarchy,
The Fourth Profession,
The Defenceless Dead,
The Flight of the Horse,
The Hole Man,
Night On Mispec Moor,
The Magic Goes Away,
A Teardrop Falls,
The Return of William Proxmire,
The Borderland of Sol,
The Missing Mass.
From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):
“This spellbinding collection is a must for fans of classic SF.”
“The Niven that emerges in this volume is ingenious, inventive, and above all playful: ‘playgrounds of the mind’ is a keynote phrase that has run through his comments on his own work, and play is clearly a major component of his personality as a writer. That playfulness shows up in the way he does the classic Extrapolation Thing, spinning out the implications of an Idea, whether to solve a problem or (better yet) to construct a milieu in which any number of stories can take place.”
“This is another marvelous piece of SF history that Subterranean Press have put together for our enjoyment.”
Fine in fine dj.