Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes):
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Larry Niven was born in California in 1938; he earned a BA in mathematics from Washburn University, Kansas. His first sf story The Coldest Place was published in 1964. He has won four short-fiction Hugos; he won both the Hugo and Nebula award in 1971 for Ringworld. He is also known for his Tales of Known Space. Read more about works solely by Larry Niven and by Niven with Jerry Pournelle.

Steve Barnes (b. 1952) was born in Los Angeles and refers to himself as a writer, lecturer, creative consultant and human performance technician. He is a certified hypnotherapist, is a black belt in Kenpo Karate (Aikka style) and Kodokan Judo, with an instructor certificate in Wu Ming Ta, and more than I have space for here. He has also written a variety of works on his own.

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Beetle - a balloon with a shell

Saturn's Race (2000)

Bubble - undersea elevator

Saturn's Race (2000)

Dream Park - theme park ancestor

Dream Park (1981)

DreamTime Scleral Contact Lenses - VR contact lenses

The California Voodoo Game (1992)

Floating Island - living space

Saturn's Race (2000)

Gravity Whip - zero g on a budget

Dream Park (1981)

International Fantasy Gaming Society (IFGS) - the fictional basis for the real one

Dream Park (1981)

Mattress Sleep Sensor - foolproof anti-sleep

Dream Park (1981)

Napcap Capsule - snooze at will

Saturn's Race (2000)

Napcap Induction Cap - get a good night's sleep

Saturn's Race (2000)

Oceanic Thermal Energy Converter - energy from the sea

Saturn's Race (2000)

Sensory Skinsuit

Dream Park (1981)

Sleeve Watch - multipurpose clothing

Dream Park (1981)

Transdress - transparent clothing

The California Voodoo Game (1992)

Underground MagLev Train

Dream Park (1981)


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