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Ringworld by Larry Niven
Larry Niven
Larry Niven. Photo from

Larry Niven began his literary career in 1964 with the publication of “The Coldest Place”.  At a time when science fiction was entering its New Wave phase, Niven remained a devotee of the Golden Age science fiction of big, scientific tales. And this did not hinder his career. Niven is a multiple Hugo Award winning author and most famously for his 1970 novel Ringworld.

Niven also collaborated several times with author Jerry Pournelle to write nine novels; including The Mote in God’s EyeLucifer’s Hammer, and Footfall. All of which are highly regarded.

Niven also set many stories in what became his Known Space. Included in the Known Space is the playground setting of the Man-Kzin Wars, where authors have contributed to flesh out the mythical wars fought between humans and the cat-like Kzinti. There are fifteen volumes and three novels set in the Man-Kzin Wars setting to date.