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Becalmed in Hell

Known Space

Larry Niven

Nebula Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July 1965. The story can also be found in the anthologies Nebula Award Stories 1965 (1966), edited by Damon Knight, World's Best Science Fiction: 1966, edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr, Twenty Years of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (1970), edited by Edward L. Ferman and Robert P. Mills, A Science Fiction Argosy (1972), edited by Damon Knight, and Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons (2000), edited by Gardner Dozois. It is included in the collections All the Myriad Ways (1971), Inconstant Moon (1973), Tales of Known Space (1975), Playgrounds of the Mind (1991), and The Best of Larry Niven (2010).

Neutron Star

Known Space

Larry Niven

Hugo Award winning short story. It originally appeared in If, October 1966. The story can also be found in the anthologies Where Do We Go from Here? (1971), and The Hugo Winners, Volume 2: (1963-70), both edited by Isaac Asimov, The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction (1980), edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Robert Silverberg, and Worlds of If: A Retrospective Anthology (1986), Joseph D. Olander, Martin Harry Greenberg and Frederik Pohl. It is included in the collections Neutron Star (1968), Crashlander and The Best of Larry Niven (2010).

The Borderland of Sol

Known Space

Larry Niven

Hugo Award winning novelette. It originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, January 1975. The story can also be found in the anthologies Black Holes and Other Marvels (1978), edited by Jerry Pournelle, The Hugo Winners, Volume 4: (1976-79) (1985), edited by Isaac Asimov. It is included in the collections Tales of Known Space (1975), Playgrounds of the Mind (1991), and The Best of Larry Niven (2010).

The Jigsaw Man

Known Space

Larry Niven

Hugo Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in the anthology Dangerous Visions (1967). The story can also be found in the anthology The Road to Science Fiction 3: From Heinlein to Here (1979), edited by James Gunn. It is included in the collections All the Myriad Ways (1971), Tales of Known Space (1975), and The Best of Larry Niven (2010).

World of Ptavvs

Known Space: Book 1

Larry Niven

A reflective statue is found at the bottom of one of Earth's oceans, having lain there for 1.5 billion years. Since humans have recently developed a time slowing field and found that one such field cannot function within another, it is suspected that the "Sea Statue" is actually a space traveler within one of these time fields. Larry Greenberg, a telepath, agrees to participate in an experiment: a time-slowing field is generated around both Greenberg and the statue, shutting off the stasis field and revealing Kzanol. Kzanol is a living Thrint a member of a telepathic race that once ruled the galaxy through mind control.

Neutron Star (collection)

Known Space: Book 2

Larry Niven

One of Niven's most beloved characters, Beowulf Shaeffer, is forced to take a dangerous mission to explore a neutron star. The last group who went there never came back alive, but Shaeffer faces life imprisonment if he doesn't take the job. Will he determine the mysterious force that turned the prior crew to hamburger before he suffers a similar fate?

Hugo Award winner "Neutron Star" and seven other groundbreaking stories and novellas by the author of RINGWORLD. Well-known Niven characters -- including Beowulf Schaeffer, Sigmund Ausfaller, Nessus and other alien Puppeteers, the ferocious Kzinti -- appear in these pages. As Tom Clancy says, "The scope of Larry Niven's work is so vast that only a writer of supreme talent could disguise the fact as well as he can."

Contents:

  • Neutron Star
  • A Relic of the Empire
  • At the Core
  • The Soft Weapon
  • Flatlander
  • The Ethics of Madness
  • The Handicapped
  • Grendel

A Gift from Earth

Known Space: Book 3

Larry Niven

Plateau, a colony in the Tau Ceti system, was settled by humans some 300 years before the plot begins. The colony world itself is a Venusian type planet with a dense, hot, poisonous atmosphere. It would be otherwise uninhabitable, except for a tall monolithic mesa that rises 40 miles up into a breathable layer in the upper atmosphere. This gives the planet a habitable area about half the size of California. The Captain of the first colony vessel named the feature Mount Lookitthat (from his interjection at first sight of it), and the colony became known as Plateau.

After landing the slower-than-light ships, the Crew sign an agreement, called the Covenant of Planetfall, with their former passengers (who had just emerged from suspended animation and were in a weak bargaining position). This agreement gives the Crew (and their descendants in perpetuity) all control over the new colony. A system of medical care evolves, in which organ transplantation is the only method of treatment, even for cosmetic defects (such as baldness); a justice system evolves, with all crimes punishable by death, followed by involuntary donation of the decedent's transplantable organs (including skin, scalp, and teeth). Not surprisingly, only Colonists are ever arrested for crimes; and only Crew are eligible to receive transplants. Some Colonists become dissatisfied with the system and form a dissident group called the "Sons of Earth."

The Shape of Space

Known Space: Book 4

Larry Niven

This collection brings together some of Niven's best hardcore science fiction material, and a sampling of stories strange, stories earthbound, and some just straight stories that belong in anybody's best.

Table of Contents:

  • The Warriors (1966) - short story
  • Safe at Any Speed (1967) - short story
  • How the Heroes Die (1966) - novelette
  • At the Bottom of a Hole (1966) - novelette
  • Bordered in Black (1966) - short story
  • Like Banquo's Ghost (1968) - short story
  • One Face (1965) - novelette
  • The Meddler (1968) - novelette
  • Dry Run (1968) - short story
  • Convergent Series (1967) - short story (variant of The Long Night)
  • The Deadlier Weapon - non-genre (1968) - short story
  • Death by Ecstasy - [Gil Hamilton] (1969) - novella

Protector

Known Space: Book 5

Larry Niven

Phssthpok the Pak had been traveling for most of his thirty-two thousand years. His mission: save, develop, and protect the group of Pak breeders sent out into space some two and a half million years before...

Brennan was a Belter, the product of a fiercely independent, somewhat anarchic society living in, on, and around an outer asteroid belt. The Belters were rebels, one and all, and Brennan was a smuggler. The Belt worlds had been tracking the Pak ship for days -- Brennan figured to meet that ship first...

He was never seen again -- at least not by those alive at the time.

Tales of Known Space

Known Space: Book 6

Larry Niven

Ranging from the 20th Century to the 31st, these interconnected stories trace Man's expansion and colonization throughout the galaxy...

Becalmed in hell
Howie's spaceship had a malfunction... but it might be only psychosomatic!

Wait it out
He was trapped on Pluto... and all his assets were frozen!

The borderland of Sol
Forward possessed the ultimate weapon... but no one would ever see it!

The jigsaw man
The organ banks want you...now!

Cloak of anarchy
They were free to be anything but violent... but that wasn't enough!

-- plus eight other great stories in Niven's spectacular cycle of the future... and, special for this volume, a complete Niven bibliography and a detailed chronology of all his Known Space stories!

Contents

  • The Coldest Place
  • Becalmed in Hell
  • Wait It Out Eye of an Octopus
  • How the Heroes Die
  • The Jigsaw Man
  • At the Bottom of a Hole Intent to Deceive (variant of The Deceivers)
  • Cloak of Anarchy
  • The Warriors
  • The Borderland of Sol
  • There Is a Tide
  • Safe at Any Speed

Crashlander

Known Space: Book 7

Larry Niven

Crashlander Beowulf Shaeffer has long been one of the most popular characters in Known Space. Now, for the first time ever, Larry Niven brings together all the Beowulf Shaeffer stories--including a brand-new one--in one long tale of exploration and adventure! PLUS--an all-new framing story that pulls together all of Beowulf Shaeffer's adventures and allows Shaeffer and his family to make a clean start at life once and for all!

Table of Contents:

  • Ghost - novelette
  • Neutron Star - (1966) - novelette
  • At the Core - (1966) - novelette
  • Flatlander - (1967) - novelette
  • Grendel - (1968) - shortstory
  • The Borderland of Sol - (1975) - novelette
  • Procrustes - (1993) - novella

Fleet of Worlds

Known Space: Fleet of Worlds: Book 1

Larry Niven
Edward M. Lerner

Fleet of Worlds marks Larry Niven's first full novel-length collaboration within his Known Space universe, the playground he created for his bestselling Ringworld series. Teaming up with fellow SF writer Edward M. Lerner, Fleet of Worlds takes a closer look at the Human-Puppeteer (Citizens) relations and the events leading up to Niven's first Ringworld novel.

Kirsten Quinn-Kovacs is among the best and brightest of her people. She gratefully serves the gentle race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship, gave them a world, and nurtures them still. If only the Citizens knew where Kirsten's people came from....

A chain reaction of supernovae at the galaxy's core has unleashed a wave of lethal radiation that will sterilize the galaxy. The Citizens flee, taking their planets, the Fleet of Worlds, with them.

Someone must scout ahead, and Kirsten and her crew eagerly volunteer. Under the guiding eye of Nessus, their Citizen mentor, they explore for any possible dangers in the Fleet's path--and uncover long-hidden truths that will shake the foundations of worlds.

Juggler of Worlds

Known Space: Fleet of Worlds: Book 2

Edward M. Lerner
Larry Niven

For too long, the Puppeteers have controlled the fate of worlds. Now Sigmund is pulling the strings...

Covert agent Sigmund Ausfaller is Earth's secret weapon, humanity's best defense against all conspiracies, real and potential - and imaginary - of foes both human and alien. Who better than a brilliant paranoid to expose the devious plots of others?

He may finally have met his match in Nessus, representative of the secretive Puppeteers, the elder race who wield vastly superior technologies. Nessus schemes in the shadows with Earth's traitors and adversaries, even after the race he represents abruptly vanishes from Known Space.

As a paranoid, Sigmund had always known things would end horribly for him. Only the when, where, how, why, and by whom of it all had eluded him. That fog has begun to lift...

But even Sigmund has never imagined how far his investigations will take him - or that his destiny is entwined with the fates of worlds.

Destroyer of Worlds

Known Space: Fleet of Worlds: Book 3

Larry Niven
Edward M. Lerner

Worlds closer to the galatic core than Known Space are --or were-- home to intelligent speciers. Some learned of the core explosion in time to flee. Destroyer of Worlds opens in 2670, ten years after Juggler of Worlds closes; with refugee species fleeing in an armada of ramscoops in the direction of the Fleet of Worlds. The onrushing aliens are recognized as a threat; they have left in their trail a host of desolated worlds: some raided for supplies, some attacked to eliminate competition, and some for pure xenophobia.

Only the Puppeteers might have the resources to confront this threat--but the Puppeteers are philosophical cowards... they don't confront anyone. They need sepoys to investigate the situation and take action for them. The source of the sepoys? Their newly independent former slave world, New Terra.

Betrayer of Worlds

Known Space: Fleet of Worlds: Book 4

Larry Niven
Edward M. Lerner

Fleeing the supernova chain reaction at the galactic core, the cowardly Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds have--just barely--survived. They've stumbled from one crisis to the next: The rebellion of their human slaves. The relentless questing of the species of Known Space. The spectacular rise of the starfish-like Gw'oth. The onslaught of the genocidal Pak.

Catastrophe looms again as past crises return--and converge. Who can possibly save the Fleet of Worlds from its greatest peril yet?

Louis Wu? Trapped in the Wunderland civil war, all he wants is to go home--but the only possible escape will plunge him into unknowable danger.

Ol't'ro? The Gw'oth ensemble mind fled across the stars to establish a colony world free from tyranny. But some problems cannot be left behind, and other problems--like the Fleet of Worlds itself--are racing straight at them.

Achilles? Despite past disgrace, the charismatic Puppeteer politician knows he is destined for greatness. He will do anything to seize power--and to take his revenge on everyone who ever stood in his way.

Nessus? The insane Puppeteer scout is out of ideas, out of resources, with only desperation left to guide him.

Their hopes and fears, dreams and ambitions are about to collide. And the winner takes... worlds.

Fate of Worlds

Known Space: Fleet of Worlds: Book 5

Larry Niven
Edward M. Lerner

For decades, the spacefaring species of Known Space have battled over the largest artifact -- and grandest prize -- in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. But without warning, the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets.

Something must justify the blood and treasure that have been spent. If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of its secrets, the Puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs. Everyone knows that the Puppeteers are cowards.

But the crises converging upon the trillion Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas:

Adventurer Louis Wu and the exiled Puppeteer known only as Hindmost, marooned together for more than a decade, escaped from the Ringworld before it disappeared. And throughout those years, as he studied Ringworld technology, Hindmost has plotted to reclaim his power...

Ol't'ro, the Gw'oth ensemble mind -- and the Fleet of Worlds' unsuspected puppet master for a century -- is deviously brilliant. And increasingly unbalanced ...

Proteus, the artificial intelligence on which, in desperation, the Puppeteers rely to manage their defenses, is outgrowing its programming -- and the supposed constraints on its initiative...

Sigmund Ausfaller, paranoid and disgraced hero of the lost human colony of New Terra, knows that something threatens his adopted home world -- and that it must be stopped...

Achilles, the megalomaniac Puppeteer -- twice banished, and twice rehabilitated -- sees the Fleet of Worlds' existential crisis as a new opportunity to reclaim supreme power. Whatever the risks...

One way or another, the fabled race of Puppeteers may have come to the end of their days.

ARM

Known Space: Gil Hamilton

Larry Niven

Hugo Award nominated novella. It originally appeared in the anthology Epoch (1975), edited by Robert Silverberg and Roger Elwood. It is included in the collections The Long ARM of Gil Hamilton (1976) and Flatlander (1995)

Flatlander

Known Space: Gil Hamilton

Larry Niven

Nebula Award nominated novelette. It originally appeared in If, March 1967. The story is included in the collections Neutron Star (1968), Crashlander (1994), and The Best of Larry Niven (2010).

The Long ARM of Gil Hamilton

Known Space: Gil Hamilton: Book 1

Larry Niven

Contains:

  • Death by Ectasy
  • The Defenceless Dead
  • ARM

The Patchwork Girl

Known Space: Gil Hamilton: Book 2

Larry Niven

In a break from his usual ARM duties, Hamilton is an acting U.N. Delegate on the moon, attending a conference on Lunar Law. The Belt Delegate, Chris Penzler, is shot by a laser in an apparent murder attempt. The shot came from outside of the window of his personal quarters, which looks out onto the lunar surface. The only person known to be outside on the lunar surface at the time of the attempt is Naomi Mitchison, a tourist and old flame of Gil's.

Gil believes Naomi to be innocent of shooting Penzler, but suspects that she may be lying in order to hide an equally serious crime.

Flatlander

Known Space: Gil Hamilton: Book 3

Larry Niven

Gil "The Arm" Hamilton was one of the top operatives of ARM, the elite UN police force. His intuition was unfailingly accurate; his detective skills second to none; and his psychic powers -- esper sense and telekinesis -- were awesome.

Tough and deadly, Gil Hamilton could reach right into a person's brain for the truth... or for the kill!

Read all the stories of the legendary ARM operative, collected here in one volume for the very first time.

Table of Contents:

  • Death by Ecstasy (1969) - novella
  • The Defenseless Dead (1973) - novelette
  • ARM (1975) - novella
  • Patchwork Girl (1980) - novel
  • The Woman in Del Rey Crater - novelette
  • Afterword - essay

Ringworld

Known Space: Ringworld: Book 1

Larry Niven

Pierson's puppeteers, strange, three-legged, two-headed aliens, have discovered an immense structure in a hitherto unexplored part of the universe. Frightened of meeting the builders of such a structure, the puppeteers set about assembling a team consisting of two humans, a puppeteer and a kzin, an alien not unlike an eight-foot-tall, red-furred cat, to explore it. The artefact is a vast circular ribbon of matter, some 180 million miles across, with a sun at its centre - the Ringworld. But the expedition goes disastrously wrong when the ship crashlands and its motley crew faces a trek across thousands of miles of the Ringworld's surface.

The Ringworld Engineers

Known Space: Ringworld: Book 2

Larry Niven

The sequel to "Ringworld". Louis Wu, Speaker-to-Animals, and the Hindmost return to Ringworld. Their aim is to prevent cataclysm. In the process, they find themselves learning Ringworld's incredible secrets.

The Ringworld Throne

Known Space: Ringworld: Book 3

Larry Niven

Come back to the Ringworld... the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to a myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written!

The human, Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee... legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the Protectors. Incoming spacecraft are being destroyed before they can reach the Ringworld. Vampires are massing. And the Ghouls have their own agenda--if anyone dares approach them to learn.

Each race on the Ringworld has always had its own Protector. Now it looks as if the Ringworld itself needs a Protector. But who will sit on the Ringworld Throne?

Ringworld's Children

Known Space: Ringworld: Book 4

Larry Niven

Welcome to a world like no other.

The Ringworld: a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band 3 million times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of which are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.

Explorer Louis Wu, an Earth-born human who was part of the first expedition to Ringworld, becomes enmeshed in interplanetary and interspecies intrigue as war, and a powerful new weapon, threaten to tear the Ringworld apart forever. Now, the future of Ringworld lies in the actions of its children: Tunesmith, the Ghould protector; Acolyte, the exiled son of Speaker-to-Animals, and Wembleth, a strange Ringworld native with a mysterious past. All must play a dangerous in order to save Ringworld's population, and the stability of Ringworld itself.

Blending awe-inspiring science with non-stop action and fun, Ringworld's Children, the fourth installment of the multiple award-winning saga, is the perfect introduction for readers new to this New York Times bestselling series, and long-time fans of Larry Niven's Ringworld.