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Larry Niven

Niven at Stanford University, 2006
Born Laurence van Cott Niven
(1938-04-30) April 30, 1938 (age 78)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Alma mater California Institute of Technology (no degree)
Washburn University
Period 1964–present
Genre Hard science fiction
Notable works Ringworld (1970)
The Mote in God’s Eye (1974)
Lucifer’s Hammer (1977)
The Ringworld Engineers (1980)
Dream Park (1981)

The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program.
And every friend I've got has been writing Mars stories. It was pretty clear I'd never catch up.
Larry Niven
I've got five or six unpublished stories kicking around looking for somebody to buy them.
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But... watching Steven Barnes taught me to treat my life like an art form.
I've spent a lot of my life among people brighter than myself.
We're looking as far ahead as we can, and we don't get penalized for mistakes.
Larry Niven
I love superconductors.
Everything starts as somebody's daydream.
I'm not predicting; I just love playing with superconductors.
I'd repair our education system or replace it with something that works.
Larry Niven
I do not believe they've run out of surprises.
Anything beats an expensive stack of paper.
As for AIDS, it's a plague. We are human, we get plagues. They come along every so often, kill off two thirds of the population; in the next generation it's a quarter; after that it's a childhood disease.
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Building one space station for everyone was and is insane: we should have built a dozen.
Larry Niven
The human species really could have faced global thermonuclear war. During seventy years of Cold War we grew used to it.
Larry Niven
I'd visit the near future, close enough that someone might want to talk to Larry Niven and can figure out the language; distant enough to get me decent medical techniques and a ticket to the Moon.
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I don't have a strong interest in history.
I never got good at predicting what millions of people will suddenly decide is rational.
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Bruce Sterling is one terrific writer and he's relatively new, but I don't know how long he's been doing it; he probably doesn't need the publicity anymore!
Larry Niven
In general, I don't know when inspiration will pop up.
We need to take command of the solar system to gain that wealth, and to escape the sea of paper our government is becoming, and for some decent chance of stopping a Dinosaur Killer asteroid.
Larry Niven
SF isn't a genre; SF is the matrix in which genres are embedded, and because the SF field is never going in any one direction at any one time, there is hardly a way to cut it off.
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Treat your life like something to be sculpted.
We should not have assumed that a political space station could be built.
My problem with new writers is that it takes me five or six years to memorise the right names.
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I do suspect that privacy was a passing fad.
In hindsight it may even seem inevitable that a socialist society will starve when it runs out of capitalists.
Larry Niven