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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
After thoroughly enjoying just about every other Niven book around, (Ringworld, Lucifers Hammer, Inferno and The Integral Trees to name just a few!), as well as a truck-load of fantastic short-stories, I was really looking forward to reading this.
It's a shame then that at the time I bought it, there wasn't the ability to "search inside". If I'd been able to take a peek I would have seen that it's mostly stuff I've read before padded out with assorted email chains that arose from collaborations. Admittedly there are a couple of good short stories here (as always), but it was only a small part of the whole. All of which meant it was nowhere near as entertaining as I had hoped. So if I had been able to see what was inside, I probably wouldn't have bought it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2003
An eclectic collection or LN taking it easy?
There are some excellent new stories (well I hadn't read them before), some excerpts from novels I had all read before, some short notes about himself and some collection of emails to colleagues.
Yes all very interesting but Isaac Asimov did it better.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2005
I've read the other two books in this series,N-Space and Playgrounds of the Mind,both of which were excellent compilations with old stories collected together as well as author insights and recollections and some new stuff. This one ,although a slimmer volume is full of the same type of stuff,with even more of Larry's anecdotes and collaborative endeavours.I've been looking forward to this book for a while,being a massive Larry Niven fan and can recommend that all Larrys fans should read this as well as anyone interested in realistic Hard SF,old style but with a modern feel.
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