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Larry Niven

Data di nascita: 30. Aprile 1938

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Laurence van Cott Niven è un autore di fantascienza statunitense, conosciuto soprattutto per I burattinai , romanzo per cui ha ricevuto i premi Hugo, Nebula e Locus.

Niven è autore di numerosi racconti e romanzi di fantascienza a partire dal 1964 con la storia "The Coldest Place", ambientata sul lato oscuro di Mercurio.

Ha scritto inoltre per vari serial televisivi di fantascienza, compresa la serie originale Land of the Lost e alcuni degli episodi di Star Trek: la serie animata. Una delle sue storie brevi, "Inconstant Moon", è stata poi riadattata per un episodio della serie The Outer Limits; ha anche scritto per i fumetti una storia incentrata sulla Lanterna Verde più amata, Hal Jordan: La storia di Ganthet disegnata da John Byrne.

Molte delle storie di Niven sono ambientate nel cosiddetto universo dello Spazio conosciuto. Un universo in cui l'umanità è distribuita su numerosi sistemi planetari alieni alla periferia del sistema solare, abitati da più di una dozzina di specie extraterrestri, inclusi gli Kzinti e i Burattinai; razze spesso centrali nelle opere di Niven. La trilogia di Ringworld è ambientata nello spazio conosciuto.

Niven ha scritto anche serie fantasy ambientate nell'era dei Warlock, come "The Magic Goes Away".

Negli ultimi anni ha scritto spesso in collaborazione con Jerry Pournelle e/o Steven Barnes.

C'è chi pensa che i numeri di Niven possano essere stati chiamati così in suo onore, ma a dispetto della sua popolarità, tali numeri sono stati chiamati così per Ivan M. Niven.

Frasi Larry Niven

„Giving up freedom for security has begun to look naive.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 4) Giving up freedom for security has begun to look naive. Even to me. Many of you were ahead of me on this — Three out of four hijacked airplanes destroyed the World Trade Center and a piece of the Pentagon in 2001. How is it possible that those planes were taken using only five perps armed with knives? It was possible because all those hundreds of passengers had been carefully stripped of every possible weapon. We may want to reconsider this approach. It doesn't work in high schools either. Earlier version: 4) F x S = k. The product of Freedom and Security is a constant. To gain more freedom of thought and/or action, you must give up some security, and vice versa.

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„No technique works if it isn't used.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 17) No technique works if it isn't used.

„A ramrobot had been the first to see Mount Lookitthat. Ramrobots had been first visitors to all the settled worlds.“

— Larry Niven
Context: A ramrobot had been the first to see Mount Lookitthat. Ramrobots had been first visitors to all the settled worlds. The interstellar ramscoop robots, with an unrestricted fuel supply culled from interstellar hydrogen, could travel between stars at speeds approaching that of light. First lines, Ch. 1 : The Ramrobot

„Stories to end all stories on a given topic, don't.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 3) Stories to end all stories on a given topic, don't.

„He was sick of having to be afraid.“

— Larry Niven
Context: He was sick of having to be afraid. It was a situation to drive a man right out of his skull. If he stopped being afraid, even for an instant, he could be killed! But now, at least for the moment, he could stop listening for footsteps, stop trying to look in all directions at once. A sonic stunner was a surer bet than a hypothetical, undependable psi power. It was real, cold and hard in his hand. Ch. 12 : The Slowboat

„The organ banks would be supplied for years.“

— Larry Niven
Context: The organ banks would be supplied for years. Not only would the crew have a full supply, which they always did anyway, but there would be spare parts for exceptional servants of the regime; i. e., for civil servants such as Jesus Pietro and his men. Even the colonists would benefit. It was not at all unusual for the Hospital to treat a sick but deserving colonist if the medical supplies were sufficient. The Hospital treated everyone they could. It reminded the colonists that the crew ruled in their name and had their interests at heart. And the Sons of Earth was dead. All but one man, and from his picture he wasn't old enough to be dangerous. Nonetheless Jesus Pietro had his picture tacked to the Hospital bulletin boards and sent a copy to the newscast station with the warning that he was wanted for questioning. It was not until dawn, when he was settling down to sleep, that he remembered who belonged to that face. Matthew Keller's nephew... Ch. 3 : The Car

„Someone or something was in this room, something or someone with the power to make people forget.“

— Larry Niven
Context: Someone or something was in this room, something or someone with the power to make people forget. … He was reaching for the stunner on his desk when something caught his eye. It was the dossier for Matthew Keller, senior. A crude drawing defaced its yellow cover. Two open arcs, joined, in black ink. Three small closed loops beneath. The bleeding heart. It certainly hadn't been there before. Jesus Pietro opened the folder. He could smell his own fear, and feel it, in the cool perspiration that soaked his shirt. As if he'd been afraid for hours. Ch. 11 : Interview with the Head

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„A sonic stunner was a surer bet than a hypothetical, undependable psi power. It was real, cold and hard in his hand.“

— Larry Niven
Context: He was sick of having to be afraid. It was a situation to drive a man right out of his skull. If he stopped being afraid, even for an instant, he could be killed! But now, at least for the moment, he could stop listening for footsteps, stop trying to look in all directions at once. A sonic stunner was a surer bet than a hypothetical, undependable psi power. It was real, cold and hard in his hand. Ch. 12 : The Slowboat

„Anarchy is the least stable of social structures.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 10) Anarchy is the least stable of social structures.

„In Brazil a small but growing, alliance agitated for the removal of the death penalty for habitual traffic offenders. They would be opposed, but they would win.“

— Larry Niven
Context: The medical revolution that began with the beginning of the twentieth century had warped all human society for five hundred years. America had adjusted to Eli Whitney's cotton gin in less than half that time. As with the gin, the effects would never quite die out. But already society was swinging back to what had once been normal. Slowly; but there was motion. In Brazil a small but growing, alliance agitated for the removal of the death penalty for habitual traffic offenders. They would be opposed, but they would win. Ch. 1 : The Ramrobot

„From the beginning there had been a revolutionary group. Its name had changed several times, and Matt had no idea what it was now. He had never known a revolutionary. He had no particular desire to be one. They accomplished nothing, except to fill the Hospital's organ banks.“

— Larry Niven
Context: From the beginning there had been a revolutionary group. Its name had changed several times, and Matt had no idea what it was now. He had never known a revolutionary. He had no particular desire to be one. They accomplished nothing, except to fill the Hospital's organ banks. How could they, when the crew controlled every weapon and every watt of power on Mount Lookitthat? If this was a nest of rebels, then they had worked out a good cover. Many of the merrymakers had no hearing aids, and these seemed to be the ones who didn't know anyone here. Like Matt himself. In the midst of a reasonably genuine open-house brawl, certain people listened to voices only they could hear. Ch. 2 : The Sons Of Earth

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„Never throw shit at an armed man.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 1a) Never throw shit at an armed man. 1b) Never stand next to someone who is throwing shit at an armed man.

„The idea had spread like wildfire .... like a moral plague, as one critic of the time had put it.“

— Larry Niven
Context: There were organ banks all over the world, inadequately supplied by people kind enough to will their bodies to medical science. How useful is the body of a man who dies of old age? How fast can you reach a car accident? And in 2043, Arkansas, which had never rescinded the death penalty, made the organ banks the official state method of execution. The idea had spread like wildfire.... like a moral plague, as one critic of the time had put it. Ch. 7 : The Bleeding Heart

„Ad hominem argument saves time, but it's still a fallacy.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 16) There is no cause so right that one cannot find a fool following it. To prove a point, one may seek out a foolish Socialist, thirteenth century Liberal, Scientologist, High Frontier advocate, Mensa member, science fiction fan, Jim Bakker acolyte, Christian, witch, or fanatical devotee of Special Interest Lib. It doesn't really reflect on the cause itself. Ad hominem argument saves time, but it's still a fallacy. Also in Fallen Angels (Baen Books, 1992) as: "Niven's Law: No cause is so noble that it won't attract fuggheads."

„If what you have to say is important and/or difficult to follow, use the simplest language possible. If the reader doesn't get it then, let it not be your fault.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 5) If you've nothing to say, say it any way you like. Stylistic innovations, contorted story lines or none, exotic or genderless pronouns, internal inconsistencies, the recipe for preparing your lover as a cannibal banquet: feel free. If what you have to say is important and/or difficult to follow, use the simplest language possible. If the reader doesn't get it then, let it not be your fault.

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