Larry Niven:
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.

Niven is a frequent collaborator; see his other contributions under Niven w/J. Pournelle, Niven w/EM Lerner, Niven w/S. Barnes, Niven w/Pournell, Flynn and Niven w/GC Johnson.

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Airmaker - breathe it

Ringworld (1970)

Architectural Coral - build to any shape

A Gift From Earth (1968)

Artificially Grown Organs

A Gift From Earth (1968)

Autodoc - automated medical device

Ringworld (1970)

Bat Wings - enable personal flight

Limits (1985)


The Warriors (1966)

Beta Beam Satellite

Limits (1985)

Big Push - miles long slingshot

Limits (1985)

Biological Package Probe - automaton Johnny Appleseed

A World Out of Time (1976)

Boob Cube - 3D TV is no better

The Best of all Possible Wars (1998)

Boosterspice - anti geriatric drug

Ringworld Engineers (1980)

Bubble Car - does it come in moiré?

A World Out of Time (1976)


At the Bottom of a Hole (1966)

Bussard Ramjet - hydrogen ramscoop

A World Out of Time (1976)

Chirpsithra Supercomputer - build your own

Niven's Laws (1984)

Confinement Asteroid

At the Bottom of a Hole (1966)

Copseye - a surveillance drone

Cloak of Anarchy (1972)

Crash Balloons

Ringworld (1970)

Crash Web

Crashlander (1994)


Ringworld Engineers (1980)

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