A Hole In Space

A Hole In Space

by Larry Niven

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Stories from science fiction's master storyteller, including "Rammer", "A Hole in Space", "The Fourth Profession" and the Louis Wu story "There Is a Tide", as well as a discussion of non-planetary structures for human habitation (including the Ringworld) called "Bigger Than Worlds."

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BN ID: 2940013602533
Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 06/17/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 423,686
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Born April 30, 1938 in Los Angeles, California. Attended California Institute of Technology; flunked out after discovering a book store jammed with used science fiction magazines. Graduated Washburn University, Kansas, June 1962: BA in Mathematics with a Minor in Psychology, and later received an honorary doctorate in Letters from Washburn. Interests: Science fiction conventions, role playing games, AAAS meetings and other gatherings of people at the cutting edges of science. Comics. Filk singing. Yoga and other approaches to longevity. Moving mankind into space by any means, but particularly by making space endeavors attractive to commercial interests. Several times we’ve hosted The Citizens Advisory Council for a National Space Policy. I grew up with dogs. I live with a cat, and borrow dogs to hike with. I have passing acquaintance with raccoons and ferrets. Associating with nonhumans has certainly gained me insight into alien intelligences. www.larryniven.net

In 2015, Larry Niven received the Grand Master Award, given by The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

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A Hole In Space 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ElementalDragon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very nice collection of short stories (and an article) by the creator of the Ringworld. In fact, some of them seem to be set in the same reality stream as that vaunted construct. Perhaps all of them.The majority of these stories were previously published in a variety of magazines, but that doesn't make them any less entertaining. They may have also been published elsewhere, as a couple of them seemed familiar, but I had not read this volume prior to now, and I have not read any of the magazine issues they were previously published in.
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a reasonably entertaining collection of Niven short stories primarily from the early 1970s (plus a Louis Wu story from 1968). The stories all deal with unintended consequences, with several of them focusing on the impact of the teleportation technology that inhabits Niven's known space universe. These are stories driven by ideas and the clever working out of consequences of these ideas. My favorite story in the collection was the last one, "The Fourth Profession," in which a member of an intersteller trading mission trades knowledge with a bartender. This was a nice combination of mystery, first contact, and even a touch of a love story (handled here better than you might expect from Niven). "The Alibi Machine," "A Kind of Murder," and "The Last Days of the Permanent Floating Riot Club" were three similar takes on the subject of how technology creates new opportunities for criminals, too. "$16,940.00" is a very short little crime story with nary a hint of scifi or fantasy, again on the theme of unintended consequences.
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KZIN1 More than 1 year ago
Larry Niven, as always a great author. Characters are believable. Enjoyed all of the short stories.
speacecowboy More than 1 year ago
a super collection i have read it twice already in paper back and plan to buy it for my nook
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book of short stories that I highly recommend, if you can find it. But I just wanted to point out that the actual name of this book is 'A Hole In Space' and that if you read the short story that it's named after, you might suspect that my subject line is the intended pun of the title because a lead character is a real a-hole, and that's what the story is about. I hope that makes it more enjoyable for you, I know it did for me.