Anybody like Larry Niven?

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  1. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    I'm about to start reading through The Mote in God's Eye for the 2nd time. I read it about 2 years ago and I remember really liking it - good realism, no unrealistic scifi stuff (except for a FTL drive, of course), and just plain good story.

    I also read Ringworld a couple years ago and liked it too. Never read any of the sequels though.

    Any other fans?
     
  2. Acesn8s

    Acesn8s The Deadman's Hand

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    I've only read his joint works about Dream Park. Basically mix Disney World with MMOs and LARPing.
     
  3. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Never read those. :o

    You should check out The Mote in God's Eye. It's hard scifi and it's a great story about the human race's first contact with intelligent alien life. It's set over 1000 years in the future, and we have FTL drive for jumps between star systems, but for in-system travel we use regular reaction drives. Accelerate half the trip, decelerate half the trip, and in the ships they move the furniture around between the floor and the walls, depending on whether the ship is generating gravity through acceleration or spin. :coold:
     
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    I read Ringworld and The Ringworld Engineers recently and thought they were pretty good. I just started reading Ringworld's Children, the 4th book. I decided to skip the 3rd book in the series (The Ringworld Throne) since it seems to be by general concensus the worst of the series (average rating 2.5 out of 5 stars with about 40 votes on amazon.com).

    I thought Ringworld was far better than Arthur Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama.
     
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    I'm a really big Larry Niven fan. His whole Known Space universe is great fun reading. Go to a used book store and pick up a book of short stories from the Known Space universe by Niven, trust me it's great reading. The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton is allright, and A World Out of Time is simply amazing, it's a book I constantly lend out. Protector is also a must read if your reading the Ringworld series as well.
     
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    negative, dude.
     
  7. Mr 20Valve

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    i'm keen to get my hands on Ringworld. The Mote in God's Eye was great. :bigthumb:
     
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    I liked "Ringworld" and the stories in "Neutron Star" as well.

    I still think about "The Ethics of Madness" from time to time.....
    as well as the implications for humanity of "At the Core" from Neutron Star...
     
  9. I thought the aliens were too dystopic to really enjoy the mote.
    Fire Upon The Deep is better SF operatic, Hogan's The two moons is much more interesting, educational and charming first contact story. Niven et al's Fallen Angel was cool. I agree about the first Ringworld story + other stories from that timeline, like "there is a tide", too.
     
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    I just finished The Mote in God's Eye..wow, what a book!

    The aliens were well written and were an example of something that is truly "alien" in both appearance and philosophy. I thoroughly enjoyed it and powered through it in a couple of days.

    I'm about to pick up Ringworld's Children. I've read everything else in the series, and it's generally been going downhill a bit, but might as well I suppose.

    The Ethics of Madness has left a mark with everyone I know who has read it.
     
  11. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    If you get a chance, read The Gripping Hand. It's the followup to the Mote. It's 25 years later and it looks like the Moties are going to break the blockade. :noes:
     
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    i've read both ringworld and rindworld engineers, the first was an ok read, the latter was meh. I just couldn't get into the series.
     
  13. Regicid3

    Regicid3 RIP Bubba Kitty... I love you.

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    I'm currently reading Ringworld, and I'm loving it. After (or in-between) I read the four Ringworld books, I'm definitely going to check out The Magic Goes Away, it sounds interesting.
     
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    i just finished reading The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye (the sequel to The Mote In God's Eye)

    was a great story. :bigthumb:
     
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    i'm guessing this is the same book, with a different title?
     
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    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Could be. I'd never heard of the other title before.
     
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    here we go:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gripping_Hand

     
  18. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    i dunno, i couldn't find anything set either in between or prior to TMIGE :dunno:
     
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    Mjolnir WHM6D > *

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    Try "The Integral Trees".

    Some of his collaboration work, particularly with Pournelle, is phenomenal.
     
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    Mjolnir WHM6D > *

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    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    I just read Ringworld the other day, and I loved it. I'm going to pick up Ringworld Engineers sometime soon, 'cause Ringworld left me wanting moar.
     
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    destiny's road wasnt a bad novel by niven
     

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