Niven's ideas are often clever and he is a generally proficient writer, which makes his works overall good.
I could have done without the novel excerpts, though; if you haven't already read the whole book, you'll have no idea what's going on.
Plotlines and characters are often clunky, and clearly there simply to provide a setting for his brilliant ideas.
Niven is one of the best known and most successful hand-science sf authors of the 1970s and `80s, especially in his several collaborations with Jerry Pournelle. Read morePublished on December 19, 2006 by Michael K. Smith
As with any collection of material both new and previously released the reader's satisfaction with this book will vary depending on their experience with the writer. Read morePublished on July 21, 2005 by Harvey H. Meeker
This collection of Larry Niven's work is a good sampler and shows both what makes Niven good and what keeps him from being great. Read morePublished on December 23, 2003 by mrliteral
Major asteroid impacts, the horrors of a computer virus,
Dyson spheres around a solar system, Ringworlds -
was all classic science fiction before it
was science and... Read more
There is not much to say here that I have not already said in my review of the paperback edition of "N-Space". Read morePublished on February 14, 2003 by Brad Torgersen
Larry Niven's PLAYGROUNDS OF THE MIND is the second volume of various essays, short-stories, and various anecdotes from his 40 years in science-fiction circles. Read morePublished on April 11, 2002 by Christopher Culver
Most people who are reading this probably read N-Space and want to know if it's more of the same (which can be good or bad depending on what you thought of the last book) . . . Read morePublished on October 12, 2001 by Michael Battaglia