Neutron Star Mass Market Paperback – Feb 12 1986
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About the Author
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 the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
"Neutron Star" itself won several awards, and the rest of the stories are just as good, or better.
Most recent customer reviews
Neutron Star is a fascinating and entertaining collection of stories. Set in "Known Space", it introduces a variety of the themes and races later used or referenced in Mr... Read morePublished on Dec 2 2013 by Andre Vander Pluym
....and of course an introduction to the redoubtable Beowulf Shaeffer.Published on June 1 2000 by Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA
This is by far the best short-story collection Niven has published, and he's written some good ones. It was also his first collection. It still holds up after all this time. Read morePublished on Dec 30 1998
I don't know, what is the point of all those "great" and "best". Neutron Star is an average short story, without even approximately interesting ideas. Read morePublished on June 7 1998 by Yan
A great collection of Known Space stories by one of the greatest science fiction writer of all timePublished on March 29 1997