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Publication Order of Bowl Of Heaven Books

with Gregory Benford

Publication Order of Dream Park Books

with Steven Barnes
Dream Park (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Barsoom Project (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
California Voodoo Game / The Voodoo Game (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Moon Maze Game (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Golden Road Books

with Jerry Pournelle
The Burning City (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Burning Tower (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Heorot Books

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

Chronological Order of Heorot Books

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

Publication Order of Inferno Books

with Jerry Pournelle

Publication Order of Known Space Books

with Rick Sternbach, Edward M. Lerner
World of Ptavvs (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Gift from Earth (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Neutron Star (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Protector (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of Known Space (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Patchwork Girl (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crashlander (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flatlander (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Magic Goes Away Books

The Magic Goes Away (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magic May Return (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Time of the Warlock (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Magic (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seascape Tattoo (With: Steven Barnes) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Man-Kzin Wars Books

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

Publication Order of Moties Books

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

Publication Order of Ringworld Prequel / Fleet of the Worlds Books

Fleet of Worlds (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Juggler of Worlds (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Destroyer of Worlds (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Betrayer of Worlds (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fate of Worlds (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Ringworld Books

with Edward M. Lerner
Ringworld (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ringworld Engineers (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ringworld Throne (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ringworld's Children (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fate of Worlds (With: Edward M. Lerner) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Stellar Guild Books

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

Publication Order of Ringworld Graphic Novels

Ringworld: The Graphic Novel, Part One (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ringworld: The Graphic Novel, Part Two (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The State Books

A World Out of Time (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Integral Trees (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Smoke Ring (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Star Trek The Newspaper Strip Books

Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics, Volume 1: 1979-1981 (By: Rich Handley,Sharman DiVono,Thomas Warkentin) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Star Trek: The Newspaper Strip Volume 2 (With: Martin Pasko,Gerry Conway,Rich Handley,Sharman DiVono) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Steven Barnes Short Stories/Novellas

with Steven Barnes
The Locusts (With: Steven Barnes) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Star Wars Saved My Life (By: Steven Barnes,Trey Jackson,Angelina Greenwood) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Stellar Books

Stellar Short Novels (By: Gordon R. Dickson,Andrew J. Offutt,Judy-Lynn del Rey,Shawn Oueinsteen) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
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)Description / Buy at Amazon
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)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stellar #4 (By: Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stellar #5 (By: Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stellar #6 (By: Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stellar #7 (By: Terry Carr,Leanne Frahm,Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Green Lantern: Ganthet's Tale (With: John Byrne,Matt Webb) (0)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Myriad Ways (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shape of Space (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inconstant Moon (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flight of the Horse (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Hole in Space (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Convergent Series (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Limits (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
N-Space (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Playgrounds of the Mind (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Books of Known Space (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scatterbrain (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magic Goes Away Collection (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Draco Tavern (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stars and Gods (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Madness from the Inconstant Moon (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

with Steven Barnes
A Relic of the Empire (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Locusts (With: Steven Barnes) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Return of William Proxmire (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

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)Description / Buy at Amazon
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)Description / Buy at Amazon
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)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! (By: Shawna McCarthy) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
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)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Aliens (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Robots (By: Isaac Asimov,Rob Chilson) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's SF-Lite (By: Isaac Asimov,John M. Ford) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's War (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Cyberdreams (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Skin Deep (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Ghosts (By: Isaac Asimov,Terry Bisson) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Christmas (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Camelot (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois,Eleanor Arnason) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Detectives (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Werewolves (By: Isaac Asimov,Suzy McKee Charnas,Gardner Dozois) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Solar System (By: Gardner Dozois) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Utopias (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Father Day (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Halloween (By: Isaac Asimov) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

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

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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