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Larry Niven - Destiny’s Road
Almost 250 years ago the Starcruiser Argos reached the planet Destiny with a payload of interstellar pioneers. In the first tumultuous years on Destiny, two events changed forever the lives and futures of these colonists: the desertion of the Argos, an event that severed all hope of ever contacting Earth, and the disappearance of its fusion-powered landing craft, the Cavorite. For the settlers of Spiral Town, the largest known remaining colony, Cavorite is a name that conjures awe and wonder still, for its final voyage left behind a dominant and lasting mark on the planet's surface and a key to their survival: the Road. Wide and smooth, it was seared into a flow of molten lava by the fusion drive of the Cavorite as the landing craft hovered a meter above the planet's rocky surface. Some say the Road crosses the whole planet. Others are sure the Cavorite exploded or the crew was killed by undiscovered Destiny creatures. No settler who has gone down the Road has ever returned. For Jemmy Bloocher, a young farm boy, the questions burn too hot, he yearns to leave the mind-numbing work in his father's fields and follow the Road. The course of Jemmy's life is decided for him when he accidentally kills a caravan worker in a tavern fight. Leaving Spiral Town, he flees certain retribution, and his flight becomes a quest to discover what happened to the Cavorite and its crew - and uncover the many mysteries on Destiny's Road.
Larry Niven - World of Ptavvs
Larry Greenberg's telepathic tendencies had been trained and developed to a critical level. The trouble was that if these psychic interchanges were strong enough, a man could end up not knowing who he really was. But when Larry's mind is taken over by an alien force, he has to fight to retain his sanity - and divert a disaster that threatens all mankind. And when Larry's mind is taken over by a sinister alien force, he has to fight to retain his sanity - and divert a disaster that threatens all mankind...
Larry Niven - The Smoke Ring
In the free-fall environment of the Smoke Ring, the descendants of the crew of the Discipline no longer remembered their Earth roots -- or the existence of Sharls Davis Kendy, the computer-program despot of the ship. Until Kendy initiated contact once more. Fourteen years later, only Jeffer, the Citizens Tree Scientist, knew that Kendy was still watching -- and waiting. Then the Citizens Tree people rescued a family of loggers and learned for the first time of the Admiralty, a large society living in free fall amid the floating debris called the Clump. And it was likely that the Admiralty had maintained, intact, Discipline's original computer library. Exploration was a temptation neither Jeffer nor Kendy could resist, and neither Citizens Tree nor Sharls Davis Kendy would ever be the same again...
Larry Niven - A Gift from Earth
_Only the plateau is habitable. Only the powerful survive..._ A solitary mountain rises from the soaring, toxic blackness of the planet. Forty miles below, the atmosphere is sixty times as thick as Earth's, and hot enough to melt lead. The organ banks are the centre of this world. To them the subservient colonists contribute living limbs. And apart from them the overlords obtain the vital parts that keep them alive...
Larry Niven - Paul Kupperberg - The Magic Goes Away
Earth's great age of sorcery is ending - and when the magic dies, so will the last magician! In the days when sorcery reigns supreme, Warlock is the most powerful being on Earth... until the magical _Mana_ starts wasting away and the only hope for the survival of sorcery lies within the fabled "God within a God"... _if_ that dread deity can be found before...
Larry Niven - The Integral Trees / The Smoke Ring
“Niven has come up with an idea about as far out as one can get. . . . This is certainly classic science fiction–the idea is truly the hero.” – _Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine_ When leaving Earth, the crew of the spaceship _Discipline_ was prepared for a routine assignment. Dispatched by the all-powerful State on a mission of interstellar exploration and colonization, _Discipline_ was aided (and secretly spied upon) by Sharls Davis Kendy, an emotionless computer intelligence programmed to monitor the loyalty and obedience of the crew. But what they weren’t prepared for was the smoke ring–an immense gaseous envelope that had formed around a neutron star directly in their path. The Smoke Ring was home to a variety of plant and animal life-forms evolved to thrive in conditions of continual free-fall. When _Discipline_ encountered it, something went wrong. The crew abandoned ship and fled to the unlikely space oasis. Five hundred years later, the descendants of the _Discipline_ crew living on the Smoke Ring no longer remember their origins. Earth is more myth than memory, and no recollection of the State remains. But Kendy remembers. And just outside the Smoke Ring, _Discipline_ waits patiently to make contact with its wayward children.
Larry Niven - Jerry Pournelle - Burning Tower
The people of Tep's Town are desperate. Monstrous invaders have emerged from the desert, and people are being slaughtered. Danger on the roads means no trade. No trade means that Tep's Town itself will die. The fire god Yangin-Atep has retreated into myth, leaving the town's residents unprotected for the first time in its history - and they now face an army of fearsome birds with blades for wings, consumed by an inexorable lust for blood. Lord Sandry and his beloved, Burning Tower, must travel far beyond the walls of their home to discover the origin of these terror birds. They enter a world where magic is still strong - and someone or something has been waiting to destroy them...
Larry Niven - A World Out Of Time
After 200 years in cryosleep, Jaybee Corbell awakens to find that his mind has been downloaded to another body and he's in servitude to a harsh future State. After his escape via a spaceship, he traverses such vast distances--with accompanying time dilations--that he returns to Earth 3 million years later to discover a world wholly alien to the one he'd left. A.E. van Vogt wrote, "This fantastic novel is a mix of Niven hard science and a time-travel concept to boggle the mind." "Larry Niven is one of the giants of modern science fiction." - Mike Resnick "His tales have grit, authenticity, colorful characters and pulse-pounding narrative drive. Niven is a true master!" - Frederik Pohl "Niven's intoxicating concepts, ideas, scientific extrapolations, and exotic hardware buffle up from every page. Rich in imagination and astonishing in breath ... will challenge the most sophisticated readers." - ALA Booklist "This fantastic novel is a mix of Niven hard science and a time-travel concept to boggle the mind...even after the last line the feeling remains of the story still rushing on into the magic distance of the universe." - A.E. van Vogt "Terrific fun!" - Kirkus Reviews
Larry Niven - Jerry Pournelle - The Burning City
Set in the world of Larry Niven's popular _The Magic Goes Away_, _The Burning City_ transports readers to an enchanted ancient city bearing a provocative resemblance to our own modern society. Here Yagen-Atep, the volatile and voracious god of fire, alternately protects and destroys the city's denizens. In Tep's Town, nothing can burn indoors and no fire can start -- except when the Burning comes upon the city. Then the people, possessed by Yagen-Atep, set their own town ablaze in a riotous orgy of destruction that often comes without warning. Whandall Placehold has lived with the Burning all his life. Fighting his way to adulthood in the mean-but-magical streets of the city's most blighted neighborhoods, Whandall dreams of escaping the god's wrath to find a new and better life. But his best hope for freedom may lie with Morth of Atlantis, the enigmatic sorcerer who killed his father!
Larry Niven - The Time of the Warlock
Magicians and swordsmen in Larry Niven's exciting "pre-history" world fight constantly, with magicians usually gaining the upper hand, and magicians often struggle for power amongst themselves. Mana, the ultimate source of magic, has been depleted, a nonrenewable energy source, as the ancient gods die. In this tale of linked stories, the Warlock fights a swordsman, a werewolf, demons and fellow magicians. Together with a colorful band that includes a haunted Greek swordsman, a beautiful witch-sorceress, and the talking skull of a former enemy magician, the Warlock travels around the world, from what is now California to Scandinavia and to the Alps, to seek the last living god in his hidden cave, the god of love and madness.
Larry Niven - The Magic Goes Away
Four magicians and a Greek soldier combine forces to find new sources of mana. Mana is what allows magicians to perform magic but it is a resource in limited supply and magicians in the past have squandered the supply away. They use the last bit of mana they can find to travel to northern Europe to find the last living god and steal its mana.
Larry Niven - Jerry Pournelle - Footfall
They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods. Now the conquerors are descending on the American heartland, demanding servile surrender--or death for all humans.
Larry Niven - The Flight of the Horse
'We don't know where on Earth you'll wind up,' Ra Chen had told him. And the Director of the Institute for Temporal Research didn't know precisely when, either. ALl he knew was that Haville Svetz would be travelling back in time almost 2,000 years. But when he returns, Hanville Svetz won't be alone. If his mission is successful he will be accompanied by a creature long extinct - a spectacular birthday present for the Secreatary-General. His only hope is a picture from a children's book. A picture of a horse. And so begins the first incredible adventure in time of Hanville Svetz.
Larry Niven - Steven Barnes - Dream Park
A group of pretend adventurers suit up for a campaign called "The South Seas Treasure Game." As in the early Role Playing Games, there are Dungeon Masters, warriors, magicians, and thieves. The difference? At Dream Park, a futuristic fantasy theme park full of holographic attractions and the latest in VR technology, they play in an artificial enclosure that has been enhanced with special effects, holograms, actors, and a clever storyline. The players get as close as possible to truly living their adventure. All's fun and games until a Park security guard is murdered, a valuable research property is stolen, and all evidence points to someone inside the game. The park's head of security, Alex Griffin, joins the game to find the killer, but finds new meaning in the games he helps keep alive.
Larry Niven - Nem sokkal a vége előtt
A mana, az a forrás, melyből minden mágikus erő táplálkozik, egyre csökken szerte a földön, és a varázslók hatalma letűnni látszik. A mágikus kreatúrák, mint például az egyszarvúak és a kentaurok elenyésznek, és ha Orolandes nem talál hamarosan valami új erőforrást, jönnek az ostoba barbárok az ostoba kardjaikkal, s az esztelen barbárság fog eluralkodni a világon. Ebben a hanyatló korszakban vívja meg utolsó harcát a Boszorkánymester Glirendree-vel, a démonkarddal - nem sokkal a varázserő létezésének vége előtt...
Larry Niven - Jerry Pournelle - A szálkák
Rod Blaine egy szerencsés fordulatnak köszönhetően a _MacArthur_ birodalmi űrhajó kapitánya lesz. Új Chicagó ostroma után egy neves szenátor rokonával és a lázadók állítólagos vezetőjével a fedélzeten Spárta felé tart, amikor az Isten Szeme csillagképben egy idegen űrhajót fedeznek fel a hajó szondái: egy szálkát Isten Szemében. Az idegen fényvitorláson azonban már csupán egy halott idegen lényt találnak, egy különös asszimetrikus felsőtestű apró termetű teremtményt, amelyet _szálká_nak neveznek el. A fényvitorlás útját követve eljutnak a szálkák bolygójára, s egyfajta kapcsolatot teremtenek a különös, béketűrő minimális kommunikációs képességekkel rendelkező faj néhány egyedével. Ez a faj hihetetlenül békésnek és "együgyűnek" tűnik, s az emberek már-már meg is feledkeznek az elővigyázatosságról. Ám ekkor a szálkák szinte percek leforgása alatt fegyvert szereznek, és magukhoz ragadják az uralmat a _MacArthur_ felett...
Larry Niven - Steven Barnes - The California Voodoo Game
Dream Park, the ultimate in amusement parks, was about to embark on the greatest Game ever: the California Voodoo Game. Across the world bets were being placed; fortunes and reputations hung in the balance. Gaming careers would be made--or destroyed. And the most advanced software package ever invented was going to be tested. But one of the players was a murderer--and worse. Only Alex Griffin, head of Dream Park Security, and Game Master Tony McWhirter guessed the extent of the treachery tainting the Game. Somehow, they had to catch the killer--but above all, the Game must go on....
Larry Niven - Jerry Pournelle - The Mote in God's Eye
In the year 3016, the Second Empire of Man spans hundreds of star systems, thanks to the faster-than-light Alderson Drive. No other intelligent beings have ever been encountered, not until a lightsail probe enters a human system carrying a dead alien. The probe is traced to the Mote, an isolated star in a thick dust cloud, and an expedition is dispatched. In the Mote the humans find an ancient civilization--at least one million years old--that has always been bottled up in their cloistered solar system for lack of a star drive. The Moties are welcoming and kind, yet rather evasive about certain aspects of their society. It seems the Moties have a dark problem, one they've been unable to solve in over a million years. This is the first collaboration between Niven and Pournelle, two masters of hard science fiction, and it combines Pournelle's interest in the military and sociology with Niven's talent for creating interesting, believable aliens. The novel meticulously examines every aspect of First Contact, from the Moties' biology, society and art, to the effects of the meeting on humanity's economics, politics and religions. And all the while suspense builds as we watch the humans struggle toward the truth.
Larry Niven - Steven Barnes - The Barsoom Project
The Barsoom Project is the direct sequel to 1981's Dream Park. Eviane's first visit to the-state-of-art amusement arena Dream Park ended in disaster: the special effects had seemed more real than life... until the holograms she was shooting with live ammunition turned out to be solid flesh and blood... and very, very dead. Haunted by the past, rebounding from a lengthy spell in a mental hospital, she has returned to Dream Park to exorcise a nightmare that has become reality. But in Dream Park, nothing is what it seems. The Inuit mythology controlling the images is part of a "Fat Ripper Special" designed to implant new behavioral memes. The players are struggling against the game master, one another, and their own demons. And there is a killer who wants to ensure Eviane never regains her memory...noo matter what it costs. Blending together hard science fiction with topical RPG-like fantasy games, The Barsoom Project is SF at the cutting edge and a classic creation from two of the genre's most beloved writers.
Larry Niven - Steven Barnes - The Moon Maze Game
The Year: 2085. Humanity has spread throughout the solar system. A stable lunar colony is agitating for independence. Lunar tourism is on the rise… Against this background, professional „Close Protection” specialist Scotty Griffin, fresh off a disastrous assignment, is offered the opportunity of a lifetime: to shepherd the teenaged heir to the Republic of Kikaya on a fabulous vacation. Ali Kikaya will participate in the first live action role playing game conducted on the Moon itself. Having left Luna--and a treasured marriage--years ago due to a near-tragic accident, Scotty leaps at the opportunity. Live Action Role Playing attracts a very special sort of individual: brilliant, unpredictable, resourceful, and addicted to problem solving. By kidnapping a dozen gamers in the middle of the ultimate game, watched by more people than any other sporting event in history, they have thrown down an irresistible gauntlet: to „win” the first game that ever became „real.” Pursued by armed and murderous terrorists, forced to solve gaming puzzles to stay a jump ahead, forced to juggle multiple psychological realities as they do…this is the game for which they've prepared their entire lives, and they are going to play it for all it's worth.
Larry Niven - Jerry Pournelle - Lucifer's Hammer
The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....
Larry Niven - Steven Barnes - Álompark
Igazán remek történet, mivel (1) magával ragadja az olvasót, (2) a szereplők élete nem ér egy fabatkát sem, mert a halál bármikor lecsaphat, (3) egy teljesen szokatlan kultúrával foglalkozó látomás, (4) olyan sci-fi, amely nagyon jól használja fel alapként korunk „fantáziajáték” jelenségeit. Ennél többet egyetlenegy könyvtől sem lehet elvárni! Niven és Barnes könyve természetesen a fantázia szülötte. Az Álompark csodálatos hely lehet, százszor olyan szórakoztató, mint Disneyland - ahol az álmok valóra válnak. Napjainkban azonban be kell érnünk azzal, hogy álmaink az ÁLOMPARK-ba költöztek. Mindenki más miatt vett részt a Játékban... Chester Henderson revansot akart venni, hogy tovább növelje az Osztagparancsnoki hírnevét, és elfeledtesse az előző kudarc emlékét... Richard Lopez Ches Hendersont akarta megtörni, és be akarta bizonyítani, hogy korábbi Játékmesteri sikereit nem a szerencsének köszönheti... Ollie, Gwen, Tony és Acacia hősiesen küzdöttek a Játékban, hogy legalább rövid időre kiszabadulhassanak abból a világból, ahol sorsukat nem tudják befolyásolni, és egy olyan világba érkezzenek, ahol képesek ezt megtenni... Igen, mindenki más miatt vett részt a Játékban - azonban hirtelen egyikük megszegte a játékszabályt...
Larry Niven - Jerry Pournelle - The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye
Humankind has spent years agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens they have ever encountered, the Moties. A race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function. Now the Moties are isolated - until the empire is threatened. By the authors of "Footfall".
Larry Niven - Időn kívüli világ
Ebben a briliáns regényben napjaink egyik legjobb és legnépszerűbb science fiction-írója egy rendkívüli asztrofizikai következtetést tartalmazó történettel vakmerő ugrást tesz az elképesztően távoli jövőbe. Az _Időn kívüli világ_ Jaybee Corbell egyszemélyes (de nem egyidejű) odüsszeiáját meséli el a jövőben. A férfi a huszonkettedik században éled fel - átalakul fagyott "jégtestből" az Állam űrpilótájává -, majd egy galaktikus utazás hárommillió évvel repíti előre, hogy azután visszatérjen a rejtélyesen átalakult és más helyre került Földre. Corbell megpróbálja kideríteni, hogy mi történt hárommillió éves távolléte alatt. Eközben találkozik Mirelly-Lyrával, a magányos, egyedülálló szépségű, örök bosszúálló Nornnal, a lány kedvenc macskakígyóival és más különös mutánsokkal. Megismerkedik a majdnem halhatatlan "Fiúk" kolóniájával, akik a majdnem halhatatlan "Lányok"-kal vívott legendás háború túlélői. Azé a háborúé, amelyben az egyik oldalon az égiek, a másikon pedig a Föld állt. Az _Időn kívüli világ_ot Niven nagy leleménnyel írta meg, amely rendkívüli technikai fordulatot és meglepő elképzelést tartalmaz. Larry Niven Hugo- és Nebula-díjas szerző, és méltán nevezik a modern sci-fi klasszikusának. Magyarul számos novellája és elbeszélése mellett csupán egy regénye, az _Álompark_ (Steven Barnesszal közösen írta) jelent meg eddig.
Larry Niven - Tales of Known Space
Tales of Known Space: The Universe of Larry Niven is a science fiction collection by Larry Niven, collecting thirteen short stories published between 1964 and 1975 (all in Niven's Known Space future history) along with several essays by Niven and a chronology.
Larry Niven - The Ringworld Throne
Come back to the Ringworld . . . the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to a myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written! The human, Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee . . . legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the Protectors. Incoming spacecraft are being destroyed before they can reach the Ringworld. Vampires are massing. And the Ghouls have their own agenda--if anyone dares approach them to learn. Each race on the Ringworld has always had its own Protector. Now it looks as if the Ringworld itself needs a Protector. But who will sit on the Ringworld Throne? "Niven's work has been an intriguing and consistent universe, and this book is the keystone of the arch. . . . [His] technique is wonderfully polished, his characters and their situations are nicely drawn . . . wraps up (maybe) a corner of a very interesting universe." --San Diego Union-Tribune
Larry Niven - Jerry Pournelle - The Gripping Hand
Robert Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read." The San Francisco Chronicle declared that "as science fiction, The Mote in God's Eye is one of the most important novels ever published." Now Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award winning authors of such bestsellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered-- a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function. Master, Mediator, Engineer. Warrior. Each supremely adapted to its task, yet doomed by millions of years of evolution to an inescapable fate. For the Moties must breed-- or die. And now the fragile wall separating them and the galaxy beyond is beginning to crumble.
Larry Niven - Jerry Pournelle - Oath of Fealty
In the near future, Los Angeles is an all but uninhabitable war zone, racked by crime, violence, pollution and poverty. But above the blighted city, a Utopia has arisen: Todos Santos, a thousand-foot high single-structured city, designed to used state-of-the-art technology to create a completely human-friendly environment, offering its dwellers everything they could want in exchange for their oath of allegiance and their constant surveillance . But there are those who want to see the utopia destroyed, whose answer to tomorrow's best and brightest hope is mindless violence. And they have just entered Todos Santos. . . .
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