Mike’s Prattle


Larry Niven – “How the Heroes Die;” “At the Core;” “A Relic of the Empire”

Posted by Mike on December 21, 2006

I’m reading Niven’s Known Space series in order, or at least I am excepting the novel Ringworld, which I’ve already read. Most of these stories are very old school space opera types bolstered by a scientific idea, usually featuring a solo male protagonist who is running from the law or someone else. Unsurprisingly the general trend of these stories (all published in late 1966)  is to the better writing, although having read similar future histories with Kress and Watts lately, a lot of these ideas strike me as being dated, the unfortunate side effect of progress. Not flipping over them exactly, but am learning a little more about the universe Ringworld was set in.


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