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Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Larry Niven has won the prestigious Hugo Award five Inconstant Moon – Kindle edition by Larry Niven. Download it once. 3 of 5 stars. This tale poses an interesting scenario and question: you realize that this is your last night on Earth, or more correctly, Earth’s last. Inconstant Moon by Larry Niven – book cover, description, publication history.

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Highly recommended if you’d like to read something that takes little commitment. There was a spreading lack of respect for life, the evil side of transplant technology. Paperbackpages. A sequel to “How the Heroes Inxonstant.

A rather disappointing “short” story and rather long for a short-story. Unfortunately, he himself suffers hiven same fate as the original colonists—all of which he commits to his log, which is later recovered. The title is a quote from the balcony scene in William Shakespeare ‘s Romeo and Juliet.

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Not to mention spectacular aurorae. The ship’s main computer has also been damaged, so its decision to have the captain replaced by one of the passengers to maximize survival causes disagreement.

I was playing with some preliminary ideas, and one of these — the “Blind Spot” effect of this form of faster-than-light travel — was later incorporated into Known Space.

Hair styles and human colony worlds from this story later entered Known Space; but the story does not belong to that universe. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.


After revealing his theory to Eric, Eric admits it is a possibility but insists that Howie keep inspecting the ship, reasoning that Howie is the only one that can check for mechanical problems. Niven also often includes elements of detective fiction and adventure stories.

Inconstant Moon

His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. Inconstant Moon, Becalmed in Hell, and Death by Ecstasy are the stand o I thought lsrry might be interesting to rate each short story individually. To ask other readers moob about Inconstant Moonplease sign up. After exploring the edges of the smaller continents, and discovering that the ocean hosts only one lifeform—a single species of algae that they think might have been genetically engineered —they decide to explore the large continent with the border.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Quotes from Inconstant Moon. The creation of thoroughly worked-out alien species, which are very different from humans both physically and mentally, is recognized as one of Niven’s main strengths. However, this is not a haphazard decision by the new captain, who is an nkven. About to return to Earth, Eric reveals that something is wrong with the ramjet that propels the craft, necessitating a landing in order to fix the problem.

The second oarry turns out to be correct: A Known Space story, first of “Gil the Arm” line.

Dream Park The Descent of Anansi However the narrator surmises that the Sun has gone novathe day side of the Earth is already destroyed, and this is the last night of his life. Niven’s use of the term ” gravity well ” in the story is the third use of the phrase in science fiction recorded by Oxford English Dictionary researchers. Some stories were better than others.


Inconstant Moon is a science fiction short story collection by American author Larry Niven that was published in Sep 18, Jesse rated it it was amazing.

A man picks up a hitchhiker who tries to rob him. Quality hard SF from Niven. However here I think in my naive early reading days is a story which truly captivated me – Inconstant Moon. Apr 04, Jerry Jose rated it really liked it. Not at all what I expected from the title. Nov 25, Eric rated it it was amazing Shelves: Inconstant Moon – Larry Niven 2 20 Apr 29, Plenty of such stories in this collection. Hugo Award for Best Short Story — Some were a bit naive and I was beginning to think the book was not that good, but the last story was excellent.

Enjoyed Inconstant Moon in particular. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Massive, rapid changes in the heat equilibrium would, for one thing, cause major storms.

Inconstant Moon by Larry Niven

Short story of approximately 20 minutes of sheer terror followed by the full weight of both apocalypse and hope. Howie agrees, but secretly has convinced himself that the problem is truly with Eric. It’s just that they didn’t know that the sun is not the kind of star to go nova it’s not big enough.

His investigations lead him to people associated with organlegging — the illicit handling and sale of spare body-parts.

I think you’d notice a lot more than just the fact that ‘the moon doth shine as bright as day’. Dec 12, Bob Rust rated it it was amazing. Open Preview See a Problem?