History Creator / LarryNiven

19th May '16 6:28:21 AM Morgenthaler
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** TheMoteInGodsEye: The Moties are cursed with eternally reoccurring war. After an ancient asteroid war nearly wiped out the planet, the race was motivated (terrified) into moving every single comet and meteor in the system into more stable circular orbits, making it too fuel-intensive for future war-makers to use them to bomb the planet again.

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** TheMoteInGodsEye: Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye: The Moties are cursed with eternally reoccurring war. After an ancient asteroid war nearly wiped out the planet, the race was motivated (terrified) into moving every single comet and meteor in the system into more stable circular orbits, making it too fuel-intensive for future war-makers to use them to bomb the planet again.
19th Mar '16 6:58:19 AM Pavlov
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* OrganTheft: Niven's early Literature/KnownSpace work ''thoroughly'' explored the dangers of transplant technology outstripping organ synthesis, to the point where lawmakers would change to make all crimes into death sentences just to keep up with the demand for organs. With the price of organs being so high due to demand, it's almost inevitable that illegal organ harvesting becomes a frequent concern, enough so that the process becomes known as "organlegging", a {{Portmanteau}} of "organ" and "bootlegging".

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* OrganTheft: Niven's early Literature/KnownSpace work ''thoroughly'' explored the dangers of transplant technology outstripping organ synthesis, to the point where lawmakers would obsessively change laws to make all crimes into death sentences just to keep up with the demand for organs. With the price of organs being so high due to demand, it's almost inevitable that illegal organ harvesting becomes a frequent concern, enough so that the process becomes known as "organlegging", a {{Portmanteau}} of "organ" and "bootlegging".
10th Mar '16 2:32:43 PM Kalaong
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** {{Footfall}}: Elephant-mentality invading alients "stomp" the Earth with a handy meteor to force surrender.
** LucifersHammer: A disaster story about a comet hitting the Earth and all its consequences.
** TheMagicGoesAway: The last god tries to smash the Moon into the Earth to restore magic.

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** {{Footfall}}: Literature/{{Footfall}}: Elephant-mentality invading alients "stomp" the Earth with a handy meteor to force surrender.
** LucifersHammer: Literature/LucifersHammer: A disaster story about a comet hitting the Earth and all its consequences.
** TheMagicGoesAway: Literature/TheMagicGoesAway: The last god tries to smash the Moon into the Earth to restore magic.
28th Feb '16 8:51:39 PM Nohbody
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* BorrowedBiometricBypass: In the ''Known Space'' universe, [[OrganTheft organleggers were known to harvest people for their organs]]. In one "Gil the ARM" story, it's noted that eyes are particularly in demand by criminals, to get past retina scanners with transplanted eyes taken from organlegger victims.
28th Feb '16 8:38:34 PM Nohbody
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* IfJesusThenAliens: Also used in ''Fallen Angels'' - the novel's "ruling coalition of proxmires, falwells, rifkins and maclaines" is composed of groups currently regard each other, sometimes literally, as minions of the Devil. Niven(and [[Literature/StateOfFear later]], Creator/MichaelCrichton) noticed that if those four blocs ever realized that they are NotSoDifferent - that they all yearn for YeGoodeOldeDays - they could easily gain bipartisan support(Green liberals and fundie conservatives) and pretty much TakeOverTheWorld.
* [[Main/OrganTheft Organ Banks]]: Niven's early Literature/KnownSpace work ''thoroughly'' explored the dangers of transplant technology outstripping organ synthesis, to the point where lawmaker morality would change to make all crimes into death sentences just to keep up with the demand for organs. These cautionary tales are already affecting legal policy as modern medical science is catching up with Niven's fictional medical science.

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* IfJesusThenAliens: Also used in ''Fallen Angels'' - the novel's "ruling coalition of proxmires, falwells, rifkins and maclaines" is composed of groups currently regard each other, sometimes literally, as minions of the Devil. Niven(and [[Literature/StateOfFear later]], Creator/MichaelCrichton) noticed that if those four blocs ever realized that they are NotSoDifferent - that they all yearn for YeGoodeOldeDays - they could easily gain bipartisan support(Green support (Green liberals and fundie conservatives) and pretty much TakeOverTheWorld.
* [[Main/OrganTheft Organ Banks]]: OrganTheft: Niven's early Literature/KnownSpace work ''thoroughly'' explored the dangers of transplant technology outstripping organ synthesis, to the point where lawmaker morality lawmakers would change to make all crimes into death sentences just to keep up with the demand for organs. These cautionary tales are already affecting legal policy With the price of organs being so high due to demand, it's almost inevitable that illegal organ harvesting becomes a frequent concern, enough so that the process becomes known as modern medical science is catching up with Niven's fictional medical science."organlegging", a {{Portmanteau}} of "organ" and "bootlegging".
27th Feb '16 8:46:38 AM Pavlov
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* [[Main/OrganTheft Organ Banks]]: Niven's early Literature/KnownSpace work ''thoroughly'' explored the dangers of transplant technology outstripping organ synthesis, to the point where lawmaker morality would change to make all crimes into death sentences just to keep up with the demand for organs. These cautionary tales are already affecting legal policy as modern medical science is catching up with Niven's fictional medical science.
27th Feb '16 8:35:16 AM Pavlov
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* {{Autodoc}}: A portable medical resource, these are virtually omnipresent, helping to drive stories with easily accessed health. They range in size from portable units to provide medicines or induce comas to coffin-sized units that can replace limbs. They also become more technologically advanced, starting with pill-pushing units and ending with {{Nanomachines}} that can rebuild anything given time, resources, and programming.
* BackgroundMagicField: Niven's take on RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian series, his 'The Magic Goes Away' stories treat magic as a non-renewable resource that drives civilizational advance, then causes collapse when it is consumed, as an {{anvilicious}} allegory for modern civilization's reliance on fixed resources. Later less [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malthusian_catastrophe Malthusian]] stories in the series have humans smoothly making the transition from mystical resources to biological and technological resources.


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* ColonyDrop: Niven appears to visualize celestial mechanics and has a taste for things going badly wrong.
** TheMoteInGodsEye: The Moties are cursed with eternally reoccurring war. After an ancient asteroid war nearly wiped out the planet, the race was motivated (terrified) into moving every single comet and meteor in the system into more stable circular orbits, making it too fuel-intensive for future war-makers to use them to bomb the planet again.
** {{Footfall}}: Elephant-mentality invading alients "stomp" the Earth with a handy meteor to force surrender.
** LucifersHammer: A disaster story about a comet hitting the Earth and all its consequences.
** TheMagicGoesAway: The last god tries to smash the Moon into the Earth to restore magic.
** {{Ringworld}}'s Fist of God: A moon-sized asteroid collides with the Ringworld, massively deforming it.
** [[Literature/KnownSpace World of Ptavvs]]: A stasis field moving at relativistic speed slams into Pluto, punching it into a new orbit.


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* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: Unlike the friendly story-writing tool that most authors envision, Niven's hyperspace is a place of death where any ship too deep in a gravity well will vanish forever. As well, the mere unsight of hyperspace's unseeability tends to rattle incautious viewers and can leave many insane. The Outsiders, who sell access to the realm, refuse to use it themselves. The Puppeteers, a race of cowards, would rather face relativistic radiation threatening their worlds than use hyperspace.
15th Sep '15 9:15:16 PM nombretomado
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Niven's other notable work includes ''The Integral Trees'' and its sequels, ''A World Out Of Time'' which examines the implications of slower-than-light relativistic travel used as a form of TimeTravel, and the {{Fantasy}} series of ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'' ([[TropeNamer Namer]] of [[TheMagicGoesAway that trope]]). He also wrote the influential ''[[http://www.rawbw.com/~svw/superman.html Man Of Steel, Woman Of Kleenex]]'', referenced often in geek culture, and some of the backstory for the post-CrisisOnInfiniteEarths GreenLantern [[TheChosenMany Corps]] origins.

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Niven's other notable work includes ''The Integral Trees'' and its sequels, ''A World Out Of Time'' which examines the implications of slower-than-light relativistic travel used as a form of TimeTravel, and the {{Fantasy}} series of ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'' ([[TropeNamer Namer]] of [[TheMagicGoesAway that trope]]). He also wrote the influential ''[[http://www.rawbw.com/~svw/superman.html Man Of Steel, Woman Of Kleenex]]'', referenced often in geek culture, and some of the backstory for the post-CrisisOnInfiniteEarths post-ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths GreenLantern [[TheChosenMany Corps]] origins.
14th Jun '15 9:21:15 PM Nohbody
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* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: Kind of used in ''Literature/FallenAngels'' - a radical environmentalist regime rules the Earth and the only people left with freedom and high technology are those living on a moon base or in an orbital habitat made by combining the Mir and (never actually built) Freedom space stations. However, as another ice age is fast descending upon the Earth, it looks like it could become a straight example.

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* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: Kind of used in ''Literature/FallenAngels'' ''Fallen Angels'' - a radical environmentalist regime rules the Earth and the only people left with freedom and high technology are those living on a moon base or in an orbital habitat made by combining the Mir and (never actually built) Freedom space stations. However, as another ice age is fast descending upon the Earth, it looks like it could become a straight example.



* IfJesusThenAliens: Also used in ''Literature/FallenAngels'' - the novel's "ruling coalition of proxmires, falwells, rifkins and maclaines" is composed of groups currently regard each other, sometimes literally, as minions of the Devil. Niven(and [[Literature/StateOfFear later]], Creator/MichaelCrichton) noticed that if those four blocs ever realized that they are NotSoDifferent - that they all yearn for YeGoodeOldeDays - they could easily gain bipartisan support(Green liberals and fundie conservatives) and pretty much TakeOverTheWorld.

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* IfJesusThenAliens: Also used in ''Literature/FallenAngels'' ''Fallen Angels'' - the novel's "ruling coalition of proxmires, falwells, rifkins and maclaines" is composed of groups currently regard each other, sometimes literally, as minions of the Devil. Niven(and [[Literature/StateOfFear later]], Creator/MichaelCrichton) noticed that if those four blocs ever realized that they are NotSoDifferent - that they all yearn for YeGoodeOldeDays - they could easily gain bipartisan support(Green liberals and fundie conservatives) and pretty much TakeOverTheWorld.
10th Jun '15 1:34:17 PM livestockgeorge
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* ''Literature/{{Protector}}''


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** ''Literature/{{Protector}}''
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