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Neutron Star [Mass Market Paperback]

Larry Niven
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Feb. 12 1986
Come to Larry Niven's Universe and meet all the natives: Thrints, Bandersnatchi, Puppeteers -- and a host of other wonderfully created characters.
Visit Lookitthat, Down, and Jinx -- indeed, an entire galaxy of planets found only in these stories that trace man's expansion and colonization throughout Known Space.
A spectacular cycle of the future . . . a 10,000-year history of man on Earth and in space!

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Larry Niven has won the prestigious Hugo Award five times. He is known to millions as the premier modern author of rigorous, scientifically consistent hard SF, the champion of 'SF without a net'. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A collection of stories from Niven's golden age April 10 2002
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Although out-of-print, NEUTRON STAR is a book worth getting for any fan of science fiction. It collects several of Niven's "Known Space" short stories from his golden age of the late-1960s, including the Beowulf Shaeffer stories.
In 1966 Larry Niven created the ultimate tourist with his award-winning short story "Neutron Star." It was the tale of Beowulf Shaeffer, a laid-off pilot heavily in debt and easy to blackmail, and how the alien race the puppeteers convinced him to make a dangerous flyby of a neutron star. In "A Relic of the Empire," Shaeffer effectively creates the Known Space universe by binding his far-future stories to the near-future epoch of Lucas Garner. It deals with an xenoarchaeologist who uses his esoteric knowledge to defeat a band of pirates. In "At the Core", the puppeteers convince Beowulf Shaeffer to take an experimental hyperdrive all the way to the galactic core, where he makes a discovery that spurs the puppeteers into fleeing Known Space. "The Soft Weapon" is the only dud of the collection, a drawn-out struggle between husband and wife pilots with the mad puppeteer Nessus (who went on to become a major character in RINGWORLD) against Kzinti set on revenge. The third Beowulf Shaeffer story, "Flatlander", begins with the quixotic hero as a tourist on Earth, and takes him on a journey with a millionaire to a very unusual planet. "The Ethics of Madness" is the story set earliest in Niven's chronology, dealing with the creation of a Bussard ramscoop that can accomodate a human pilot, opening the galaxy for exploration. In "The Handicapped", the reader is introduced to the sessile Grogs on the planet Down, and given several clues as to the ultimate fate of the Slaver Empire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest collections of all time Oct. 5 1997
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I normally stay away from short story collections mostly because I would rather read novels than quick little tales. Larry Niven is one of the few writers I believe can write the short story and novel with equal ease and this collection more than proves it.
The tales are all founded on mostly hard science, but still maintain a flavor all their own, even with the task of fitting them in his Known Space series. They range from funny to scary to introspective to everything in between. All are excellent examples of what science-fiction has to offer.

Lately Niven hasn't been doing too well in the novel department, so maybe the time is right for him to release another short story collection. Even if they're only half as good as these, it'd be a great piece of writing. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Larry Niven collection Dec 17 1998
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This was the first book of Larry Niven's I ever read and it immediately became my favorite. I have faithfully read every one of his books ever since. I love his style of writing, although others I have shared it with say it's too technical. Very original characters (the two-headed puppeters who are simultaneously unscrupulous capitalists and cowards), new concepts (indestructable transparent spaceship hulls made by the the puppeters) and humor. It was "new wave" science fiction in the 70's but it still holds up today. The precursor to Ringworld. Actually, I think it's better than Ringworld. Very enjoyable. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darn it, why do good things have to end May 17 1999
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Niven was my favorite short story author of the 1970s, hands down, and mostly because of the Known Space series. From my perspective his "maturation" into works like The Patchwork Girl and Ringworld was not an improvement. That was the perspective of a teenager, of course, but darnit, it's still my perspective today! Start out with Neutron Star, and if you like his style, get your hands on any of the other Known Space, Gil Hamilton, etc. that you can. But is anything after 1980 worth owning? Hmm, well, my Niven collection is pretty sparse after that date. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Technically marvelous hard science fiction! July 11 1999
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Neutron Star is Larry Niven's first collection of Beowulf Schaeffer stories, all of which are excellent examples of concise and stunning hard sci-fi, including the masterful story "Neutron Star", which won a Hugo for Best Short Story. Filled with intriguing creatures and odd situations on bizarre worlds, it is a must for any serious Science-Fiction reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is one of Niven's Best Jan. 21 1997
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Larry Niven is, without a doubt, the best sci-fi author still around. And Neutron star is an excellent collection of stories set in his "Know Space" universe.

"Neutron Star" itself won several awards, and the rest of the stories are just as good, or better.
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