Larry Niven is an American author of hard science fiction, best known for his Ringworld series, which is part of the largely Known Space universe. Much like Isaac Asimov, his books follow a set of rules, which include:

  • Never fire a laser at a mirror.
  • Giving up freedom for security is beginning to look naive.
  • It is easier to destroy than to create.
  • Ethics change with technology.
  • The only universal message in science fiction: There exist minds that think as well as you do, but differently.

Larry Niven became a published author in 1966 with the novel World of Ptavvs – part of the Known Space universe. Below is a list of Larry Niven’s books in order of when they were originally published (and in chronological order):

Publication Order of Known Space Books


World of Ptavvs(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Gift from Earth(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Protector(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Patchwork Girl(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Ringworld Prequel Books


Fleet of Worlds(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Juggler of Worlds(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Destroyer of Worlds(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Betrayer of Worlds(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Ringworld Books


Ringworld(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ringworld Engineers(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ringworld Throne(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ringworld's Children(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Heorot Books


The Legacy of Heorot(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Beowulf's Children(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Destiny's Road(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Moties Books


The Mote in God's Eye(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Gripping Hand(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Golden Road Books


The Burning City(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Burning Tower(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Dream Park Books


Dream Park(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Barsoom Project(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The California Voodoo Game(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Moon Maze Game(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of The State Books


A World Out of Time(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Integral Trees(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Smoke Ring(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Bowl of Heaven Books


Bowl of Heaven(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shipstar(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Stellar Guild Books


Red Tide(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Magic Goes Away Books


The Seascape Tattoo(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The Flying Sorcerers(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Inferno(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lucifer's Hammer(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Oath of Fealty(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Descent of Anansi(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Footfall(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fallen Angels(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Achilles' Choice(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rainbow Mars(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Saturn's Race(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Building Harlequin's Moon(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Escape from Hell(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Goliath Stone(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Man-Kzin Anthologies


The Man-Kzin Wars(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars II(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars III(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars IV(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars V(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars VI(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars VII(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars VIII: Choosing Names(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars IX(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars X: The Wunder War(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars XI(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars XII(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars XIII(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars XIV(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Notes: The Ringworld Prequel series was co-authored by Edward M. Lerner. The Heorot books were co-authored by Steven Barnes and Jerry Pournelle. The Bowl of Heaven series is co-authored by Gregory Benford. The Goliath Stone was co-authored by Matthew Joseph Harrington.

Inferno, Lucifer’s Hammer, Oath of Fealty, Footfall, Escape From Hell, the Moties series and the Golden Road series were co-authored by Jerry Pournelle.

The Dream Park series, the Magic Goes Away series, The Descent of Anansi, Achilles’ Choice and Saturn’s Race were co-authored by Steven Barnes.

The Flying Sorcerers was co-authored by David Gerrold. Building Harlequin’s Moon was co-authored by Brenda Cooper.

The California Voodoo Game is known as The Voodoo Game in the UK. The Gripping Hand is known as The Moat Around Murcheson’s Eye in the UK. Beowulf’s Children is known as The Dragons of Heorot in the UK.

Red Tide is based on an earlier novella entitled Flash Crowd and is co-authored with Matthew Joseph Harrington and Brad R. Torgersen.


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    Destiny’s Road is a standalone novel.