All the Myriad Ways collects stories published between and , most of them from the later years of that span 1. Neither of the people in this are acquainted with the concept of diffraction, which is interesting. A mishap with their nuclear rocket maroons two astronauts on Pluto. This story is set early in the Known Space sequence.
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All the Myriad Ways collects stories published between and , most of them from the later years of that span 1. Neither of the people in this are acquainted with the concept of diffraction, which is interesting.
A mishap with their nuclear rocket maroons two astronauts on Pluto. This story is set early in the Known Space sequence. Niven kept having to change the details of his solar system because our comprehension of it was evolving rapidly at this time.
Tombaugh just got lucky when he found Pluto where his model said it would be. I cannot help but notice that Niven has imagined lifeforms based on superfluid liquid helium on Pluto, even though Pluto, while extremely cold, is still too hot for superfluid liquid helium.
In fact, so is all of the current universe, even out in the deepest, coldest depths of space. Hard SF. Middle-period Known Space could be pretty dystopian. That said, the fact that there are repositories of mana the go-juice for magic in this universe suggests there are or at least were mechanisms for creating said repositories.
There were later novels set in this universe, each one less likely to get an unsponsored review from me than the one before. Niven promises an unfinished story and he delivers. Prospects are poor, especially for any terrestrial bed partners he might choose. Hey, remember whimsical Niven? Niven plays with various models of teleportation as informed by conservation laws to see if interesting story ideas fall out. In fact, it still matters. His inspirations ranged from the fruitful pulsars might be neutron stars to the in retrospect misguided light sails cannot work!
Perhaps this story was as well. An early Niven, sequel to his first published work and not especially good. The cognoscenti can of course see the Canadian influences on the comic book character. Comments: This story is set early in the Known Space sequence. Comment Hey, remember whimsical Niven? Comments: An early Niven, sequel to his first published work and not especially good.
All the Myriad Ways
All the Myriad Ways is a collection of 14 short science fiction stories and essays by American writer Larry Niven , originally published in The title story can be read as a response to stories featuring the many-worlds interpretation as a key plot point, by taking the social implications of infinite realities to a depressing conclusion. A police detective, pondering a rash of unexplained suicides and murder-suicides occurring since the discovery of travel to parallel universes , begins to realize that if all possible choices that might be made actually are made in parallel universes, people will see their freedom of choice as meaningless. The choice not to commit suicide, or not to commit a crime, seems meaningless if one knows that in some other universe, the choice went the other way. They therefore kill themselves or commit the crime, because they abandon the sense of choice. The oft-discussed essay " Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex " is a humorous discussion of the difficulties Superman might encounter in trying to conceive a child with Lois Lane. In "Wait It Out", an astronaut marooned on Pluto exposes himself to the planet's extreme cold, intending to go into frozen sleep until rescue eventually comes, but finds his brain still functioning due to superconductivity.