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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Known Space
People interested in Larry Niven should not be reading his newer work, it is in early novels and stories like the ones portrayed here that they should start, for this is classic Niven. The writing and ideas that made Known Space so popular is easily seen here in a fine mix of novels and stories.

Some quick notes about the novels included herein:...
Published on 9 Aug 1997

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1.0 out of 5 stars 3 Books of Known Space
Rather disappointed. I suppose it is inevitable that SF written 40 years ago or more will have been completely overtaken by modern technology. Probably fine in their day but now feels so dated that it was a disappointment and the book sits half skimmed on the floor as I write.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Known Space, 9 Aug 1997
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This review is from: Three Books of Known Space (Paperback)
People interested in Larry Niven should not be reading his newer work, it is in early novels and stories like the ones portrayed here that they should start, for this is classic Niven. The writing and ideas that made Known Space so popular is easily seen here in a fine mix of novels and stories.

Some quick notes about the novels included herein:

World of Ptavvs is a great first novel and clearly shows off Niven's Known Space while providing a story that is part science-fiction, part suspense thriller. The alien is truly frightening, and the twist of having him in different bodies was great. Niven was off to a good start

A Gift From Earth was much better than World of Ptavvs for a number of different reasons. One, you sympathized with the main characters more, the plot was bursting with more ideas than the previous novel, and everything just seems to be better, which is how it should have been. The one great thing about reading this collection is seeing how his writing got better and better. And, oh yes, his next novel was a piece you might have heard of. Anyone remember Ringwold?

Tales of Known Space rounds out the collection, and Niven had a good idea in shuffling them in with the novels to keep everything chronological. Most of the stories are classic science-fiction and those that aren't are still pretty decent. This collection also adds notes by Niven and a chart along with a bibliography of everything he had written up to The Ringworld Throne, so new fans can easily figure out which books to get and where they fit in.

So, while these novels are not exactly out of print (I know A Gift From Earth and Tales From Known Space are still available), this is still the Niven fan's best bet, whether he be new or old, to get some great science-fiction tales. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots to Ponder., 26 Jun 1997
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This is a really fascinating example of how the creative process takes hold within the mind of Larry Niven. The reader is given a smattering of short stories, two novels, a complete bibliography and a detailed time line of the events of Niven's known space. Already a feast for the mind, we are treated to notes which Niven uses to link the various writings into a historical document of sorts. This was my first time reading Niven and I am delighted with introduction to his universe!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great SF, 13 Nov 2013
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a great first omnibus from Niven keeping the stories in the same universe. if you love Niven its great, if you are new to Niven like I was its a little plodding at first but then it gets great, as Niven is laying down the foundations of his Known space.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 3 Books of Known Space, 17 Feb 2011
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Rather disappointed. I suppose it is inevitable that SF written 40 years ago or more will have been completely overtaken by modern technology. Probably fine in their day but now feels so dated that it was a disappointment and the book sits half skimmed on the floor as I write.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Niven told me it wouldn't work!, 23 Dec 1997
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Over 10 years ago I wrote Niven about how great it would be if his Known Space stories were gathered together and reprinted in chronological order. He answered back that he didn't think there would be enough interest in such a collection. And now here it is!
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