Niven at Stanford University, 2006
|Born||Laurence van Cott Niven
April 30, 1938
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Alma mater||California Institute of Technology (no degree)
|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)
And every friend I've got has been writing Mars stories. It was pretty clear I'd never catch up.
I've got five or six unpublished stories kicking around looking for somebody to buy them.
We're looking as far ahead as we can, and we don't get penalized for mistakes.
I'd repair our education system or replace it with something that works.
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.
Building one space station for everyone was and is insane: we should have built a dozen.
The human species really could have faced global thermonuclear war. During seventy years of Cold War we grew used to it.
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.
I never got good at predicting what millions of people will suddenly decide is rational.
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!
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.
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.
My problem with new writers is that it takes me five or six years to memorise the right names.
In hindsight it may even seem inevitable that a socialist society will starve when it runs out of capitalists.