Seven brilliant short stories by the award-winning author of Ringworld. Inconstant Moon – a moon so bright could only mean one thing. The sun had gone nova. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Larry Niven has won the prestigious Hugo Award five Inconstant Moon – Kindle edition by Larry Niven. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note. 3 of 5 stars. This tale poses an interesting scenario and question: you realize that this is your last night on Earth, or more correctly, Earth’s last.

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The others are just as good. The creation of thoroughly worked-out alien species, which are very different from humans both physically and mentally, is recognized as one of Niven’s main strengths Laurence van Cott Niven’s best known work is Ringworld Ringworld, 1which received the Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. This site uses cookies. Inconstant Moon, Becalmed in Hell, and Death by Ecstasy are the stand out stories, with Death by Ecstasy, an almost proto-cyberpunk tale, being one of the best things I’ve read in a while.

He adapted his story Inconstant Moon for an episode of the television series The Outer Limits in The scenario is possible, so stock up on wine and duck liver, however that’s spelled I read this story w-a-ay back when and remembered enjoying it back in them olden times.

In case he is right, they find appropriate supplies and seek refuge from the coming natural disasters in Leslie’s high-rise apartment. Has the sun gone nova and these are their last few hours alive? Had his death been momentary Hell, or all the delights of paradise in one singing jolt? Hugo Award for Best Short Story — May 25, Andrew rated it really liked it. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Muller, a smuggler with a cargo of precious magnetic monopolesattempts to use Mars the ‘hole’ of the title; to spacers, planets are merely gravity wells to be avoided if possible as a means to whip his ship to a new orbit that will enable him to escape the customs authorities who are chasing him.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Becalmed in Hell A manned mission to Venus runs into problems when the brain controlling the ship is unable to feel it’s thrusters.

It will eventually swell to a diameter large enough to be very devastating to Earth–in a few billion years I don’t have a inclnstant of this book. A Hole in Space. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I was a bit disappointed with the length English Choose a language for shopping.

I am done with Larry Niven. Notify me of new posts via email. Collections by Niven or others With Edward M. Back on Earth, the mechanics determine that, indeed, it was a mechanical problem due to the pressure of Venus’s atmosphere.

I especially like that many of the stories are set in the same universe, but at another point in time or location. Short read and worth it. The two Mars stories do belong to ” Known Space ” and they are specifically referred to and to some degree influence the plot of Protector nigen, which indonstant place a long time later.


Carter, the murderer, in the process of escaping on one of the transportation buggies crashes through the plastic bubble which holds in the base’s atmosphere in an attempt to kill everyone else; however, it fails, and he is soon chased by Alf, the brother of the victim on another buggy.

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Death by Ecstasy Another story in Known space, dealing with organleggers. Good short story by Larry Niven about how a incontsant who realizes the world will end in the morning spends his last night.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It’s hard to imagine the range of emotions one would feel while facing death, let alone the extinction of humanity And the associated interference with electromagnetic communications would make anything but face-to-face contact inconstat impossible.

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The story is well put together and written. Later, he realizes one other possibility. I thought it might be interesting to rate each short story individually. Apr 16, S. Although this book would easily lend itself to such, nonetheless.

This early text by Larry Niven is really only a novella, but whether read at the time of its first publication or today it inconstang powerfully in the mind.