LIMITS. Two aliens fascinated by man's fondness for defining boundaries decide to make sure he doesn't get out of the habit.
THE LION IN HIS ATTIC. Seventy-six years after Atlantis drowned, a sorceress and a prince learn to their dismay that not all lions eat red meat.
TABLE MANNERS. When the proprietor of the Draco Tavern is invited to dine with some carnivorous etees, he brings along a xenobiologist to coach him in alien etiquette. But he forgets that he is already outfitted with the oldest guide of all.
A TEARDROP FALLS. In his youth, Hilary Gage had fought men and studied the ravages of Berserkers. As a machine, he terraformed planets and lay in wait . . . .
YET ANOTHER MODEST PROPOSAL. At last, a solution to the problem of radioactive wastes that costs nothing and yields an immodest profit.
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|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.19(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.72(d)|
About the Author
Larry Niven is a prolific American science fiction writer. His best known works are a collection of short stories and books informally referred to as "Tales of Known Space". The first book in the Known Space series is Ringworld, and it received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. Niven has also written fantasy novels, including the series The Magic Goes Away. He has also collaborated with fellow science fiction authors Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes on several books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Here are 12 stories by Larry Niven, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven and Dian Girard, and Larry Niven and Steve Barnes. My favorites here are "The Lion in his Attic", which was selected as the cover-art piece. It's a grand little fantasy that reminds me so much of "Zelda: The Wind Waker". I wonder if Shigeru Miyamoto had this story in mind. "A Teardrop Falls" is a nice little Sci Fi piece. I rather enjoyed all the alien creatures within "Flare Time". The last part of the book deals with some of Niven's "Tales from Draco's Tavern". "Table Manners" is not for the weak-stomached Vegan. "The Green Marauder" is a tale of the very ancient (thanks to relativity) Chorrikst. She remembers Earth's distant past, and it is surprising. "War Movie" deals with the alien interests, "The Real Thing" tells the story of how 2 new VR units came to reside in Draco's Tavern. Lastly, "Limits" reminds us why we are where we are.
This was a nice selection of classic Sci Fi stories. I've always liked Larry Niven and this collection didn't disappoint me. It did show mr that after almost 60 years of reading Sci Fi, it has evolved -- these stories seemed old-fashioned to me. All of that aside, I enjoyed it immensely.