At last, all the Beowulf Shaeffer stories in one volume—plus a brand-new story and never-before-seen material linking them all together.
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 stories—including a breand-new one—in one long tale of exploration and adventure!
Beowulf Shaeffer uncovers one of the puppeteers' greatest secrets.
At the Core
Beowulf Shaeffer learns something that scares the puppeteers into fleeing Known Space.
Beowulf Shaeffer meets the love of his life and discovers a haunted planet.
Beowulf Shaeffer solves a mystery, foils a kidnapping, and rescues an alien.
The Borderland of Sol
Beowulf Shaeffer stops a mass murderer and destroys the ultimate weapon.
An exciting new story in which Beowulff Shaeffer loses his head—literally.
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!
About the Author
Larry Niven was born in 1938 in Los Angeles, California. In 1956, he entered the California Institute of Technology, only to flunk out a year and a half later after discovering a bookstore jammed with used science-fiction magazines. He graduated with a B.A. in mathematics (minor in psychology) from Washburn University, Kansas, in 1962, and completed one year of graduate work before he dropped out to write. His first published story, “The Coldest Place,” appeared in the December 1964 issue of Worlds of If. He won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1966 for “Neutron Star” and in 1974 for “The Hole Man.” The 1975 Hugo Award for Best Novelette was given to The Borderland of Sol. His novel Ringworld won the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmar, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While not fantastic or even close to some of Nivens other work, this one has a certain charm. The stories are straight forward and perfect for say reading on the bus ride back from work.
This was a very enjoyable and fun book to read. The worlds and alien races created by Larry Niven are dreamlike, and the characters rich in personality and color. Beowulf Shaeffer is a Crashlander, a member of the human race born of another planet. He becomes a space traveler and adventurer, typically finding himself in situations not to his liking but managing to get out unscathed. I would recommend this book to any lover of sci-fi and fantasy. This was the first Larry Niven book I've read. I plan to read more!