Larry Niven

Larry Niven
Niven in 2010
Niven in 2010
BornLaurence van Cott Niven
(1938-04-30) April 30, 1938 (age 81)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Alma mater
Notable works
Niven at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, 2007

Laurence van Cott Niven (ən/; born April 30, 1938) is an American science fiction writer.[1] His best-known works are Ringworld (1970), which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, Nebula awards, and The Mote in God's Eye (1974). The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named him the 2015 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.[2] His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. It also often includes elements of detective fiction and adventure stories. His fantasy includes the series The Magic Goes Away, rational fantasy dealing with magic as a non-renewable resource.


Niven was born in Los Angeles.[1] He is a great-grandson of Edward L. Doheny, an oil tycoon who drilled the first successful well in the Los Angeles City Oil Field in 1892 and was subsequently implicated in the Teapot Dome scandal.[3] He briefly attended the California Institute of Technology[4] and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics (with a minor in psychology) from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 1962. He also completed a year of graduate work in mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles. On September 6, 1969, he married Marilyn Joyce "Fuzzy Pink" Wisowaty, a science fiction and Regency literature fan. He is an agnostic.[5]

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