Lord of the Ringworld: In Praise of Larry Niven

Lovely article from Lev Grossman on Larry Niven. Makes me want to read Ringworld again – it’s been years.


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You know how it is with your literary heroes — you never want to stop crapping on about how great they are.

(“Crapping on” is one of my wife’s expressions. She’s Australian, and at this point I no longer know which idioms are American or Australian anymore. So in case that one needs explanation, it basically means “refusing to shut up.”)

And I can crap on with the best/worst of them about Joyce and Woolf and Kafka and whoever else, but there’s already been plenty of crapping on about them. You know who I don’t hear enough about? Larry Niven.

I think it’s fair to say that Niven is the quintessential “hard” SF writer. He was born in 1938 and fits into that generation in between Golden Agers like Bradbury and Asimov and Heinlein and the cyber-info-punks…

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2 thoughts on “Lord of the Ringworld: In Praise of Larry Niven

  1. Hi, I loved the Larry Niven review, it showed the stark contrast between what Niven captured and others can’t grasp! This is the difference, between a story you like and a story you remember, Niven had that. Thank you for the follow! Keep writing and inspiring!

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