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Neutron Star Mass Market Paperback – February 12, 1986
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y Niven's Universe and meet all the natives: Thrints, Bandersnatchi, Puppeteers -- and a host of other wonderfully created characters.<br>Visit Lookitthat, Down, and Jinx -- indeed, an entire galaxy of planets found only in these stories that trace man's expansion and colonization throughout Known Space.<br>A spectacular cycle of the future . . . a 10,000-year history of man on Earth and in space!
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My main criticism of this collection is that one or two stories drag a bit, primarily "The Soft Weapon." However, overall this is a wonderful collection. The short story "Neutron Star" which won a Hugo, is simply outstanding.
The quality of Niven's writing deteriorates almost linearly as functions of two variables: 1) time; and 2) the length of the story. Most of his novels tend to be tedious, and novels seem to highlight Niven's weaknesses as a writer: poor character development and characters who don't act like real people. Niven hasn't written anything worth reading in many years, in my opinion. It is almost as though he forgot how to write.
On the other hand, Neutron Star, one of Niven's early works, lacks the foregoing deficiencies and mainly highlight's Niven's strengths: a vivid vision of the future, and skillful use of science and speculation.