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Publication Order of Known Space Books

with Rick Sternbach
World of Ptavvs (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Gift from Earth (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Neutron Star (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Protector (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales of Known Space (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Patchwork Girl (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crashlander (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flatlander (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ringworld Books

with Edward M. Lerner
Ringworld (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ringworld Engineers (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ringworld Throne (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ringworld's Children (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fate of Worlds (With: Edward M. Lerner) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Moties Books

with Jerry Pournelle, Jennifer R. Pournelle
The Mote in God's Eye (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gripping Hand / The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Outies (By: Jennifer R. Pournelle) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Inferno Books

with Jerry Pournelle
Inferno (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Escape from Hell (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The State Books

A World Out of Time (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Integral Trees (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Smoke Ring (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Magic Goes Away Books

The Magic Goes Away (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Magic May Return (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Time of the Warlock (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Magic (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seascape Tattoo (With: Steven Barnes) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dream Park Books

with Steven Barnes
Dream Park (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Barsoom Project (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
California Voodoo Game / The Voodoo Game (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Moon Maze Game (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Heorot Books

with Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
The Legacy of Heorot (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beowulf's Children / The Dragons of Heorot (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of Black Ship Island (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Starborn and Godsons (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Heorot Books

with Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
The Legacy of Heorot(1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of Black Ship Island(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beowulf's Children / The Dragons of Heorot(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Starborn and Godsons(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Man-Kzin Wars Books

The Man-Kzin Wars (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man-Kzin Wars II (With: S.M. Stirling,Jerry Pournelle) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man-Kzin Wars III (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man-Kzin Wars IV (By: S.M. Stirling) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Children's Hour (By: S.M. Stirling,Jerry Pournelle) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man-Kzin Wars V (By: Jerry Pournelle) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man-Kzin Wars VI (By: Gregory Benford,Mark O. Martin) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man-Kzin Wars VII (With: Gregory Benford,Paul Chafe) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Darker Geometry (By: Gregory Benford) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of All Possible Wars (By: S.M. Stirling,Robert Sheckley) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man-Kzin Wars VIII: Choosing Names (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man-Kzin Wars IX (By: Jim Baen) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House of the Kzinti (By: Jerry Pournelle) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man-Kzin Wars X: The Wunder War (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man-Kzin Wars XI (By: Matthew Harrington) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Destiny's Forge (By: Paul Chafe) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man-Kzin Wars XII (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man-Kzin Wars XIII (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man-Kzin Wars XIV (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Treasure Planet (With: Hal Colebatch,Jessica Q. Fox) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man-Kzin Wars XV (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Golden Road Books

with Jerry Pournelle
The Burning City (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Burning Tower (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ringworld Prequel Books

Fleet of Worlds (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Juggler of Worlds (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Destroyer of Worlds (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Betrayer of Worlds (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Bowl Of Heaven Books

with Gregory Benford
Bowl of Heaven (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shipstar (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Glorious (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Flying Sorcerers (With: David Gerrold) (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lucifer's Hammer (With: Jerry Pournelle) (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oath of Fealty (With: Jerry Pournelle) (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Descent of Anansi (With: Steven Barnes) (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Footfall (With: Jerry Pournelle) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fallen Angels (With: Jerry Pournelle,Michael Flynn) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Achilles' Choice (With: Steven Barnes) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Destiny's Road (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rainbow Mars (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Saturn's Race (With: Steven Barnes) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Building Harlequin's Moon (With: Brenda Cooper) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Goliath Stone (With: Matthew Joseph Harrington) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

All the Myriad Ways (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shape of Space (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inconstant Moon (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Flight of the Horse (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Hole in Space (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Convergent Series (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Limits (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
N-Space (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Playgrounds of the Mind (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Books of Known Space (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scatterbrain (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Magic Goes Away Collection (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Draco Tavern (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stars and Gods (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Madness from the Inconstant Moon (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

with Steven Barnes
The Locusts (With: Steven Barnes) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Return of William Proxmire (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Stellar Guild Books

Tau Ceti (By: Kevin J. Anderson,Steven Savile) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On the Train (By: Rachel Turtledove) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Blue Shift Comes (By: Robert Silverberg,Alvaro Zinos-Amaro) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Under the Sun (By: Nancy Kress) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Aethers of Mars (By: Eric Flint) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red Tide (With: Matthew Joseph Harrington,Brad R. Torgersen) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inci (By: Mike Resnick,Tina Gower) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wishing on a Star (By: Jody Lynn Nye) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Isaac Asimov's Anthology Books

Isaac Asimov's Worlds of Science Fiction (By: Isaac Asimov,Tanith Lee,Phyllis Eisenstein,Gene Wolfe,Barry B. Longyear,John M. Ford,Arnie Bateman,Alan Dean Foster,Martin Gardner,Randall Garrett,Rob Chilson,Ted Reynolds,George Scithers,Richard S. McEnroe,Jeff Duntemann,R.N. Bracewell,K.W. MacAnn,G. Richard Bozarth) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Near Futures and Far (By: Isaac Asimov,Frederik Pohl,Carter Scholz,Barry B. Longyear,John M. Ford,Jack Williamson,Darrell Schweitzer,John Brunner,Juleen Brantingham,Martin Gardner,Richard Wilson,Milton A. Rothman,Elizabeth Anne Hull,Sharon Webb,Somtow Sucharitkul,Lee Weinstein,Ted Reynolds,George Scithers,F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre,William Tuning,Francis E. Izzo,Paul David Novitski,Lee Russell,Seth S. Horowitz,Tol E. Rant,S. Dale,Julie Flores,Tony Sarowitz) (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Space of Her Own (By: Connie Willis,Ursula K. Le Guin,Pat Cadigan,Joan D. Vinge,Tanith Lee,Pamela Sargent,Lee Killough,Mary Gentle,Mildred Downey Broxon,Shawna McCarthy,Sharon Webb,Leigh Kennedy,Stephanie A. Smith,Cherie Wilkerson,Julie Stevens,Sydney J. Van Scyoc,Cyn Mason,P.A. Kagan,P.J. MacQuarrie,Janet O. Jeppson,Beverly Grant,Hope Athearn) (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! (By: Shawna McCarthy) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! (By: Connie Willis,George R.R. Martin,Ron Goulart,John Kessel,George Alec Effinger,Robert Thurston,Tanith Lee,Lucius Shepard,Scott Baker,Lillian Carl,Juleen Brantingham,Lee Killough,Ian McDowell,Daphne Castell,Sharon N. Farber,Richard Kearns,Shawna McCarthy,Leigh Kennedy,Gregg Keizer,Kristi Olesen) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Aliens (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Robots (By: Isaac Asimov,Rob Chilson) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's SF-Lite (By: Isaac Asimov,John M. Ford) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's War (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Cyberdreams (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Skin Deep (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Ghosts (By: Isaac Asimov,Terry Bisson) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Christmas (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Camelot (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois,Eleanor Arnason) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Detectives (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Werewolves (By: Isaac Asimov,Suzy McKee Charnas,Gardner Dozois) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Solar System (By: Gardner Dozois) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Utopias (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Father Day (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Halloween (By: Isaac Asimov) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ringworld Graphic Novels

Ringworld: The Graphic Novel, Part One (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ringworld: The Graphic Novel, Part Two (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Steven Barnes Short Stories/Novellas

with Steven Barnes
The Locusts (With: Steven Barnes) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star Wars Saved My Life (By: Steven Barnes,Trey Jackson,Angelina Greenwood) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Stellar Books

Stellar Short Novels (By: Gordon R. Dickson,Andrew J. Offutt,Judy-Lynn del Rey,Shawn Oueinsteen) (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stellar #2 (With: Isaac Asimov,Howard Waldrop,Clifford D. Simak,Jack C. Haldeman II,Steven Utley,Hal Clement,James White,Richard S. Simak,Judy-Lynn del Rey,Patrick G. Conner) (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stellar #3 (By: Jack L. Chalker,Clifford D. Simak,Gene DeWeese,Jeffrey M. Wallman,Charles W. Runyon,Mildred Downey Broxon,Henry Melton,Judy-Lynn del Rey,Arsen Darney,B. Lee Cooper,Larry S. Haverkos,Steve Utley,Bill Starr) (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stellar #4 (By: Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stellar #5 (By: Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stellar #6 (By: Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stellar #7 (By: Terry Carr,Leanne Frahm,Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Galaxy Science Fiction, October 1966(1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dangerous Visions(1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction Nineteenth Series(1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Stories from the Hugo Winners, Vol. 2(1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ten Tomorrows(1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Antigrav(1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stellar #2(1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction(1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of All Possible Worlds(1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
2020 Vision(1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
There Will Be War(1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isaac Asimov's Aliens & Outworlders(1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Berserker Base(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Robert Adams' Book of Alternate Worlds(1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Drabble Project(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Robert Adams' Book of Soldiers(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alien Sex(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time Machines(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Armageddons(1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine, July/August 2000(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, October/November 2000(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Analog, September 2002(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space Cadets(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under Cover of Darkness(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assassin and Other Stories(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Multiverse(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Galaxy's Edge Magazine 2013-2014(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Worst Contact(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Infinite Stars(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space Pioneers(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Galaxy’s Edge(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Infinite Stars(2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Born of the Sun: Adventures in Our Solar System(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conversations From the Edge: The Galaxy's Edge Interviews(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

One of the famed American science fiction writers of our time is Larry Niven whose real names are Laurence Van Cott Niven. He was born in Los Angeles California, United States, on April 30th 1938 and studied at Washburn University, and California institute of technology. Larry dropped out from the California institute of Technology only after one year and a half once he discovered a book store full of used science fiction magazines. This is where his passion for Sci-Fi’s was birthed. Funny enough Larry graduated with a B.A in mathematics, minoring in psychology. He undertook some graduate work in mathematics for one year then went on to full time writing. His first sale was the story titled ‘The Coldest Place’ which he wrote 1964 selling it for only $25.

The Coldest Place was based on the planet mercury which was believed to be the coldest on the solar system. At the time this story hit the market, scientists discovered that mercury in deed revolved around the sun and was not that cold as had been perceived previously. Without being deterred, he continued to write about the wonders of the universe for over four decades making him one of the most celebrated writers of this age.

Larry’s love for science and scientific discoveries drove him to write fiction stories throughout his life. He wrote about the modern day theories of neutron stars, dark matters, solar flares and the rings found on the planet Saturn. In his early years, when he started out, he knew exactly what he was interested in and what he wanted to write. An example in 1966 was the story ‘World of Ptavvs’ which was about an alien that had been stranded in space for over 3 billion years. Larry brings the alien called slaverer in to civilized life in an interesting future solar system. He interestingly intertwines the past and the future creating an epic story line that goes on and on.

In the World of Ptavvs, the slavers (characters created by Larry) grew some rocket boosters, which were a version of trees with solid fuel cones. This was just before he began to dream of bon fire made of stage trees. With time, Larry’s stories began to evolve into what is known as ‘Known Space’ timeline. The Known Space started to be populated with brazen images of aliens and description of far off worlds. Fans began to digest these concepts with a hunger not knowing that there was more to this reality.


Between 1968 and 1970, Larry published the Ringworld which became an instant hit. He then went on to publish a ring of stories that were rich and deep as their predecessors the Known Space. The ‘Organleggers’ and the ‘Jigsawman’ explored the fact that there could be organ transplants and eventually exploited the crime of organ crimes and sales in the future. He also came up with ‘Gil’ the detective who investigated and tracked down organ smugglers. Later Larry would start receiving fan mails from china, India and other parts of the world with real life storied of the organ trade.


In another twist, Larry released the novel ‘Protector’ returning back to the Known Space theory. In the first part he comes up with the story ‘Adult’ which describes an alien race known as the Pak who are the ancestors of the human race. The Pak belonged to an infant stage of life, but when they develop some craving of a certain yam root they transform into hyper intelligent, super strong creatures with war like tendencies.

The soft weapon

This one was released after the protector and took on another dimension all together as Larry’s carrier continued to blossom. This was the story line that broke him out into the movie world as it was adopted into the animated series known as ‘Star Trek’. Even today, many fans still debate the existence of the characters known as Niven who inhabit the universe far away.

The Hole Man

This book was published in analog form and it ended up earning Larry a Hugo award. This book is a straight forward crime story with a unique crime weapon. The weapon is similar to what scientists call today the black hole which made this book very unique as scientists had at that time just discovered its existence.

His next story was ‘$16,940’ which did not have any scientific themes. It was just a normal crime story. At the same time he was working on the TV series ‘Land of the Lost’.

Dream Park

In the 1980’s Larry began to collaborate with other writers and this time worked with Steven Barnes to write the dream park. The theme to this story was to use holograms to bring up real characters.

Draco Tavern

Larry also has a set of short stories that have not come into the limelight. Draco Tavern is a collection of short stories about a fictitious bar serving many aliens. A collection of about five pages dealing with virtual reality, human evolution, existence of God, has not yet been collected previously.


As time went on his fans dived deeper into his stories getting possessed with some of his characters. This drove him to writing the Ringworld series. . There is perhaps none of his works that generated as much discussion and heated debate like this one. Fans all over the world started talking about the series. Many times fans even wrote to him upgrades of this series as Larry recounts. Some even became fanatical and would chant that the Ringworld was unstable and throwing messages to his hotel rooms wherever he would visit. Later in that decade he released the ring world engineers which seemed to calm down the nerves of his fans. The Ringworld, due to its success, evolved and other series arose from it. The Ringworld throne came out in 1996 while in 2004 he released the ringworld’s children. These future releases were never ruled out either and went out to become big hits as well. Though not yet in a movie, the Ringworld movie rumors still persist and we just have to wait and see what will come of it. Larry has continued to write other short stories with great success. His energy never seems to dissipate and probably another block buster is on the making.

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