Larry Niven - Quotes

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Building one space station for everyone was and is insane: we should have built a dozen.

Building one space station for everyone was and is insane: we should have built a dozen.

Everything starts as somebody's daydream. ---->>>

In hindsight it may even seem inevitable that a socialist society will starve when it runs out of capitalists. ---->>>

I've spent a lot of my life among people brighter than myself. ---->>>

We need to take command of the solar system to gain that wealth, and to escape the sea of paper our government is becoming, and for some decent chance of stopping a Dinosaur Killer asteroid. ---->>>

Treat your life like something to be sculpted. ---->>>

And every friend I've got has been writing Mars stories. It was pretty clear I'd never catch up. ---->>>

But... watching Steven Barnes taught me to treat my life like an art form. ---->>>

I never got good at predicting what millions of people will suddenly decide is rational. ---->>>

The human species really could have faced global thermonuclear war. During seventy years of Cold War we grew used to it. ---->>>

We should not have assumed that a political space station could be built. ---->>>

We're looking as far ahead as we can, and we don't get penalized for mistakes. ---->>>

I do suspect that privacy was a passing fad. ---->>>

I've got five or six unpublished stories kicking around looking for somebody to buy them. ---->>>

The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program. ---->>>

As for AIDS, it's a plague. We are human, we get plagues. They come along every so often, kill off two thirds of the population; in the next generation it's a quarter; after that it's a childhood disease. ---->>>

Bruce Sterling is one terrific writer and he's relatively new, but I don't know how long he's been doing it; he probably doesn't need the publicity anymore! ---->>>

I love superconductors. ---->>>

I do not believe they've run out of surprises. ---->>>

I don't have a strong interest in history. ---->>>

I'd repair our education system or replace it with something that works. ---->>>

I'm not predicting; I just love playing with superconductors. ---->>>

Anything beats an expensive stack of paper. ---->>>

In general, I don't know when inspiration will pop up. ---->>>

My problem with new writers is that it takes me five or six years to memorise the right names. ---->>>

I'd visit the near future, close enough that someone might want to talk to Larry Niven and can figure out the language; distant enough to get me decent medical techniques and a ticket to the Moon. ---->>>

SF isn't a genre; SF is the matrix in which genres are embedded, and because the SF field is never going in any one direction at any one time, there is hardly a way to cut it off. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 04-30, 1938
Occupation: Writer

Laurence van Cott Niven (; born April 30, 1938) is an American science fiction writer. His best-known work is Ringworld (1970), which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named him the 2015 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award (wikipedia)