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->''"If I had a time machine, I'd visit the near future... a time close enough that someone might want to talk to Larry Niven, and can figure out the language, but distant enough to get me miraculous medical treatments and a ticket to the Moon."''
-->-- '''Larry Niven'''

A prolific writer of SpeculativeFiction, Larry Niven is best known for TheVerse of Literature/KnownSpace, a very vast and detailed universe, which includes ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' and its sequels (which were one of the inspirations for [[VideoGame/{{Halo}} a certain Xbox Launch title which was an FPS...]]) ; the mysteries of Gil the ARM; the Man-Kzin Wars, which ended up a professional RoundRobin; the voyages of Beowulf Shaeffer; the adventures of Louis Wu; the human-ancestral Pak Protectors and the {{Precursors}} known as the Slavers. Known Space is notable for the many biologically plausible StarfishAliens which neither look nor ''think'' like humans.

Also responsible for numerous works with Jerry Pournelle, including ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' (from which the term for a third hand -- the "gripping hand" -- comes. The phrase is used in the context of there being three options from which to choose, the dominant concern being the gripping hand[[note]] the motie's strongest arm[[/note]]) and ''Literature/LucifersHammer''. He's also worked with Steven Barnes on the ''Literature/DreamPark'' series.

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.

Niven's story "The Jigsaw Man" was originally published in Creator/HarlanEllison's groundbreaking anthology ''Literature/DangerousVisions''.

Niven is known among his fans as "[[FanNickname Speaker-to-Seafood]]" because of a long and very public argument he once had with a lobster during the Guest of Honor dinner/Hugo Awards ceremony at the World Science Fiction Convention. (He was bored, the awards ceremony was going long... you do the math.) The name is a play on "Speaker-to-Animals", one of the heroes of ''Ringworld''.

There is more than one ShoutOut to him in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. A very powerful necromancer, [[SdrawkcabName Nevinyrral]] shows up, on the very powerful [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=212637 Nevinyrral's Disk]], and also wrote the "Necromancer's Handbook", a field guide for aspiring necromancers.

Niven often has [[ShownTheirWork Shown His Work]].

!!Larry Niven and his work is the TropeNamer for the following tropes:
* CallARabbitASmeerp
* FinaglesLaw
* ManOfSteelWomanOfKleenex
* TheMagicGoesAway

!!Works by Larry Niven with pages on this Wiki:


* ''Literature/{{Footfall}}''
* ''Literature/DreamPark''
* ''Literature/KnownSpace''
** ''Literature/{{Crashlander}}''
** ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}''
* ''Literature/LucifersHammer''
* ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway''
* ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye''

!! Tropes in other Larry Niven works:
* 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.
* ExploitedImmunity:
** In one ''Draco Tavern'' story, the bartender is infected with a PuppeteerParasite sentient virus. It warns his friends that there's no way to get rid of it without killing the bartender too, only to be [[ShuttingUpNow told that it's treatable with sulfa drugs]] (which would destroy the virus without harming the bartender).
** In "The Lion In His Attic", a sorceress infiltrates a partially submerged castle by using magic to make the water withdraw. A man breaks her concentration and causes her spell to lapse, resulting in the water flooding back in and drowning her. The man doesn't care because he's a were-sea lion - he just changes to sea lion form and swims back to the surface.
* 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]], 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.