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BOOK REVIEW: “Building Harlequin’s Moon” by Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper (2005)

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I have to say I put off reading this book for quite a while. It received mixed reviews in the press, and all of my friends who took a stab at it either gave up half way through, or finished it and hated it. Those are never good signs. When my superiors gave me this assignment, I wasn’t exactly falling over myself with excitement, and I dragged my heels for several months before even cracking the thing open.

And I instantly wished I hadn’t.

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What The Hell Is Jinx?

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Several years back I wrote an article speculating on the nature of the moon "Jinx" from Larry Niven's "Known Space" stories. It's a very interesting non-standard world, which has prompted a lot of people to assume it's not what it appears to be. This, of course, has prompted a lot of crazy-assed theories about what it *secretly* is. (A ship, an ark, an egg, etc) My crazy-assed theory actually attracted the attention of Larry Niven himself, who sounded off about my allegations.

With his kind permission, I've attached his comments - unaltered - to the end of the article, so you can see what he had to say about it.

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AWAY GAME: New Republibot Article Posted on Larry Niven Org

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I've been doing an occasional series for the excellent "Known Space: The Future Worlds of Larry Niven" website (also known as "Larry Niven Org"), called "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Known Space." Niven's fictional "Known Space" universe is impressively sprawling and despite being very reader-friendly and fun, it's massive enough to appear rather daunting to a new person who may not know where to dive in. To that end, I've been writing some overviews of different themes that crop up again and again within the stories.

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Why I'd Like To See More Anthology Films

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We all know the drill: You wake up one morning to discover that one of your favorite short stories by one of your favorite authors is being made in to a movie. You get excited. You deftly try to follow news of the production while dodging actual spoilers. You do the dance of checking up on the director’s track record while questioning the casting. You spend months or years looking forward to it, and you arrange your schedule so you can pick it up during the opening weekend.

And it sucks.

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Science Fiction Book Review #2: “Fleet of Worlds” by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (2007)

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After Philip K. Dick, Larry Niven is probably my favorite Science Fiction writer. I consider him more or less the modern dean of SF. And make no mistake: Known Space is far and away my favorite fictional SF destination. I cut my eye teeth on the Beowulf Schaefer stories as a ‘tween, and I pretty much memorized the Gill Hamilton stories, along with everything else Niven wrote in that universe while in college. Even so, when I first heard about this book my overwhelming reaction was “meh.” I can’t explain why, really.

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Science Fiction Book Review #1: "Rainbow Mars" by Larry Niven (1999)

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From about 1969 to about 1973 Niven wrote five deliberately goofy stories about a time traveler from the middle of the thirty-first century. His job is to retrieve extinct animals from the past – and in the year 3050 pretty much all animals are extinct excepting people and dogs – and bring them to a private United Nations zoo. Hilarity ensues. Well, ‘Hilarity’ might be overstating it, but they are cute funny little stories that aren’t perhaps as tight as one would normally expect from Niven, but that’s part of their charm.

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