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A Hole in Space Mass Market Paperback – September 12, 1978

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Larry Niven has won the prestigious Hugo Award five times. He is known to millions as the premier modern author of rigorous, scientifically consistent hard SF, the champion of 'SF without a net'. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 5th Printing edition (September 12, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345280407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345280404
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,863,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LARRY NIVEN is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. He lives in Chatsworth, California. JERRY POURNELLE is an essayist, journalist, and science fiction author. He has advanced degrees in psychology, statistics, engineering, and political science. Together Niven and Pournelle are the authors of many New York Times bestsellers including Inferno, The Mote in God's Eye, Footfall, and Lucifer's Hammer.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dave Deubler on July 25, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Larry Niven is at the top of his form in this collection of short stories, most of which take place in the futuristic realm of his "Known Space" series. Hard science is probably Niven's biggest strength, and his most effective strategy involves assuming some distinct technological breakthrough, then working out all the physical limitations and social ramifications that said breakthrough implies. For example in "Rammer," the design of the ramjet is interesting, but the clever way it's used to escape a global tyranny is even more fascinating. Still more attractive is the idea of the "displacement booths" which allow instant transportation from one booth to another. Niven discusses the exciting possibilities of this technology, particularly its application to criminal activities ("The Alibi Machine", "A Kind of Murder", and the Runyan-esque "The Last Days of the Permanent Floating Riot Club"), but also in reference to an otherwise impossible space rescue in "All the Bridges Rusting". "There Is a Tide" features space traveler Louis Wu and an unusual death trap; "The Hole Man" shows two scientists in conflict over the possibility of a quantum black hole, until one of them decides to end the argument once and for all, and "The Fourth Profession" is a memorable tale of a bartender who takes some alien learning pills. Since each story has a solution based on technical data described in the exposition, the reader can try to match wits with the hero, just as in mystery yarns, but be forewarned - Niven has obviously thought long and hard about the various possibilities, while the reader probably hasn't.Read more ›
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Larry Niven is one of the great sci-fi writers of the 20th century-- and his name is rightly placed alongside Clarke, Asimov, Bradbury, etc.
This particular book, _A Hole in Space_, is a collection of short stories. Many of the stories in this collection are focused on a speculative development known as "displacement" technology-- that is to say, teleportation. As always with Niven, there are three primary concerns: (1) what could this or that technology be used for, (2) what would be its practical limitations, and (3)how might society respond to such a development and how would it change society. Thus, you have stories like "The Alibi Machine", "A Kind of Murder" and "The Permanent Floating Riot Club", all of which involve matters of crime and law enforcement in a world where in-home instantaneous teleportion is available.
Not all of the stories here, are about teleportation technology. My personal favorite, "The Rammer" speculates on what might happen if a person, long frozen in cryogenic suspension, were actually to be revived in some distant future and to find that it was not what he expected or hoped. It also addresses how he intends to use a particular kind of space flight technology called a ramjet to escape this dystopia. Another, "The Fourth Profession" envisions what might happen if it ever became possible to acquire knowledge through the use of pills/drugs that had been coded in a particular way. In it, an ordinary bartender takes four pills (from an alien merchant) that give him knowledge of four unusual professions.
As with any collection of short stories, there are some great ones here, some OK ones, and a few duds.
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By Blue Tyson on February 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
A very solid collection by Niven, this one. The average here being 3.39. So lots of standard quality stories and only a couple under that. The best work here is the last few stories in the book, barring the crime one, and perhaps Rammer, the first. The Fourth Profession I'd even call a 3.75, I think.

Good enough overall to round up to a 4 for the book as a whole, anyway.

Crime investigation is a recurring motif here, especially when coinciding with the stories with teleport booth technology, or 'flicking' as he terms it.

A Hole in Space : Rammer - Larry Niven
A Hole in Space : The Alibi Machine - Larry Niven
A Hole in Space : The Last Days of the Permanent Floating Riot Club - Larry Niven
A Hole in Space : A Kind of Murder - Larry Niven
A Hole in Space : All the Bridges Rusting - Larry Niven
A Hole in Space : There Is a Tide - Larry Niven
A Hole in Space : $16940.00 - Larry Niven
A Hole in Space : The Hole Man - Larry Niven
A Hole in Space : The Fourth Profession - Larry Niven

Corpsicle pilot's increase Tau tour.

3.5 out of 5

Rocket pistol shooting silly mistake.

3 out of 5

Flash crowd flick-in bustup breakdown.

3.5 out of 5

Clubbing herself to death.

3.5 out of 5

"It's so bloody easy, with these interstellar drop ships." Slowship rescue expensive, but.

3.5 out of 5

Wu Pak Big lure.

4 out of 5

Hard to hide the cash.

2.5 out of 5

Quantum black hole is ridiculous overkill.

3.5 out of 5

Alien alcohol test case quad pill investigation.

3.5 out of 5
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