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):

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Publication Order of Bowl Of Heaven Books

(with Gregory Benford)

Publication Order of Dream Park Books

(with Steven Barnes)

Dream Park (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Barsoom Project (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
California Voodoo Game / The Voodoo Game (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Moon Maze Game (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Golden Road Books

(with Jerry Pournelle)

The Burning City (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Burning Tower (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Heorot Books

(with Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes)

The Legacy of Heorot (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Beowulf's Children / The Dragons of Heorot (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Secret of Black Ship Island (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Starborn and Godsons (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Chronological Order of Heorot Books

(with Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes)

The Legacy of Heorot(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Secret of Black Ship Island(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Beowulf's Children / The Dragons of Heorot(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Starborn and Godsons(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Inferno Books

(with Jerry Pournelle)

Publication Order of Known Space Books

(with Rick Sternbach, Edward M. Lerner)

World of Ptavvs (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Gift from Earth (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Neutron Star (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Protector (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tales of Known Space (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Patchwork Girl (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Crashlander (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Flatlander (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Magic Goes Away Books

The Magic Goes Away (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Magic May Return (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Time of the Warlock (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
More Magic (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Seascape Tattoo (With: Steven Barnes) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Man-Kzin Wars Books

The Man-Kzin Wars (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Man-Kzin Wars II (With: S.M. Stirling,Jerry Pournelle) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Man-Kzin Wars III (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Man-Kzin Wars IV (By: S.M. Stirling) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Children's Hour (By: S.M. Stirling,Jerry Pournelle) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Man-Kzin Wars V (By: Jerry Pournelle) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Man-Kzin Wars VI (By: Gregory Benford,Mark O. Martin) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Man-Kzin Wars VII (With: Gregory Benford,Paul Chafe) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Darker Geometry (By: Gregory Benford) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best of All Possible Wars (By: S.M. Stirling,Robert Sheckley) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Man-Kzin Wars VIII: Choosing Names (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Man-Kzin Wars IX (By: Jim Baen) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The House of the Kzinti (By: Jerry Pournelle) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Man-Kzin Wars X: The Wunder War (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Man-Kzin Wars XI (By: Matthew Harrington) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Destiny's Forge (By: Paul Chafe) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Man-Kzin Wars XII (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Man-Kzin Wars XIII (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Man-Kzin Wars XIV (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Treasure Planet (With: Hal Colebatch,Jessica Q. Fox) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Man-Kzin Wars XV (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Moties Books

(with Jerry Pournelle, Jennifer R. Pournelle)

The Mote in God's Eye (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Gripping Hand / The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Outies (By: Jennifer R. Pournelle) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Ringworld Prequel / Fleet of the Worlds Books

Fleet of Worlds (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Juggler of Worlds (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Destroyer of Worlds (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Betrayer of Worlds (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fate of Worlds (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Ringworld Books

(with Edward M. Lerner)

Ringworld (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ringworld Engineers (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ringworld Throne (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ringworld's Children (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fate of Worlds (With: Edward M. Lerner) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Stellar Guild Books

Tau Ceti (By: Kevin J. Anderson,Steven Savile) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
On the Train (By: Rachel Turtledove) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
When the Blue Shift Comes (By: Robert Silverberg,Alvaro Zinos-Amaro) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
New Under the Sun (By: Nancy Kress) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Aethers of Mars (By: Eric Flint) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Red Tide (With: Matthew Joseph Harrington,Brad R. Torgersen) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Inci (By: Mike Resnick,Tina Gower) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Wishing on a Star (By: Jody Lynn Nye) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Ringworld Graphic Novels

(with)

Ringworld: The Graphic Novel, Part One (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ringworld: The Graphic Novel, Part Two (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of The State Books

A World Out of Time (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Integral Trees (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Smoke Ring (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Star Trek The Newspaper Strip Books

Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics, Volume 1: 1979-1981 (By: Rich Handley,Sharman DiVono,Thomas Warkentin) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Star Trek: The Newspaper Strip Volume 2 (With: Martin Pasko,Gerry Conway,Rich Handley,Sharman DiVono) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Steven Barnes Short Stories/Novellas

(with Steven Barnes)

The Locusts (With: Steven Barnes) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Star Wars Saved My Life (By: Steven Barnes,Trey Jackson,Angelina Greenwood) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Stellar Books

Stellar Short Novels (By: Gordon R. Dickson,Andrew J. Offutt,Judy-Lynn del Rey,Shawn Oueinsteen) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stellar #2 (With: Isaac Asimov,Howard Waldrop,Clifford D. Simak,Jack C. Haldeman II,Steven Utley,Hal Clement,James White,Richard S. Simak,Judy-Lynn del Rey,Patrick G. Conner) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stellar #3 (By: Jack L. Chalker,Clifford D. Simak,Gene DeWeese,Jeffrey M. Wallman,Charles W. Runyon,Mildred Downey Broxon,Henry Melton,Judy-Lynn del Rey,Arsen Darney,B. Lee Cooper,Larry S. Haverkos,Steve Utley,Bill Starr) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stellar #4 (By: Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stellar #5 (By: Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stellar #6 (By: Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stellar #7 (By: Terry Carr,Leanne Frahm,Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Green Lantern: Ganthet's Tale (With: John Byrne,Matt Webb) (0)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
All the Myriad Ways (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Shape of Space (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Inconstant Moon (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Flight of the Horse (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Hole in Space (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Convergent Series (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Limits (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
N-Space (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Playgrounds of the Mind (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Three Books of Known Space (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Scatterbrain (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Magic Goes Away Collection (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Draco Tavern (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stars and Gods (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Madness from the Inconstant Moon (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

(with Steven Barnes)

A Relic of the Empire (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Locusts (With: Steven Barnes) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Return of William Proxmire (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Flying Sorcerers (With: David Gerrold) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lucifer's Hammer (With: Jerry Pournelle) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Oath of Fealty (With: Jerry Pournelle) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Descent of Anansi (With: Steven Barnes) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Footfall (With: Jerry Pournelle) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fallen Angels (With: Jerry Pournelle,Michael Flynn) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Achilles' Choice (With: Steven Barnes) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Destiny's Road (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Rainbow Mars (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Saturn's Race (With: Steven Barnes) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Building Harlequin's Moon (With: Brenda Cooper) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Goliath Stone (With: Matthew Joseph Harrington) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Isaac Asimov's Anthology Books

Isaac Asimov's Worlds of Science Fiction (By: Isaac Asimov,Tanith Lee,Phyllis Eisenstein,Gene Wolfe,Barry B. Longyear,John M. Ford,Arnie Bateman,Alan Dean Foster,Martin Gardner,Randall Garrett,Rob Chilson,Ted Reynolds,George Scithers,Richard S. McEnroe,Jeff Duntemann,R.N. Bracewell,K.W. MacAnn,G. Richard Bozarth) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Near Futures and Far (By: Isaac Asimov,Frederik Pohl,Carter Scholz,Barry B. Longyear,John M. Ford,Jack Williamson,Darrell Schweitzer,John Brunner,Juleen Brantingham,Martin Gardner,Richard Wilson,Milton A. Rothman,Elizabeth Anne Hull,Sharon Webb,Somtow Sucharitkul,Lee Weinstein,Ted Reynolds,George Scithers,F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre,William Tuning,Francis E. Izzo,Paul David Novitski,Lee Russell,Seth S. Horowitz,Tol E. Rant,S. Dale,Julie Flores,Tony Sarowitz) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Space of Her Own (By: Connie Willis,Ursula K. Le Guin,Pat Cadigan,Joan D. Vinge,Tanith Lee,Pamela Sargent,Lee Killough,Mary Gentle,Mildred Downey Broxon,Shawna McCarthy,Sharon Webb,Leigh Kennedy,Stephanie A. Smith,Cherie Wilkerson,Julie Stevens,Sydney J. Van Scyoc,Cyn Mason,P.A. Kagan,P.J. MacQuarrie,Janet O. Jeppson,Beverly Grant,Hope Athearn) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! (By: Shawna McCarthy) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! (By: Connie Willis,George R.R. Martin,Ron Goulart,John Kessel,George Alec Effinger,Robert Thurston,Tanith Lee,Lucius Shepard,Scott Baker,Lillian Carl,Juleen Brantingham,Lee Killough,Ian McDowell,Daphne Castell,Sharon N. Farber,Richard Kearns,Shawna McCarthy,Leigh Kennedy,Gregg Keizer,Kristi Olesen) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Aliens (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Robots (By: Isaac Asimov,Rob Chilson) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's SF-Lite (By: Isaac Asimov,John M. Ford) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's War (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Cyberdreams (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Skin Deep (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Ghosts (By: Isaac Asimov,Terry Bisson) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Christmas (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Camelot (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois,Eleanor Arnason) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Detectives (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Werewolves (By: Isaac Asimov,Suzy McKee Charnas,Gardner Dozois) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Solar System (By: Gardner Dozois) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Utopias (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Father Day (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Halloween (By: Isaac Asimov) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

Galaxy Science Fiction, October 1966(1966)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dangerous Visions(1967)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction Nineteenth Series(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
More Stories from the Hugo Winners, Vol. 2(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ten Tomorrows(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, April 1974(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Antigrav(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stellar #2(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best of All Possible Worlds(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Aliens & Outworlders(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Berserker Base(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Great Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Robert Adams' Book of Alternate Worlds(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Drabble Project(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Robert Adams' Book of Soldiers(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Alien Sex(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Time Machines(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Armageddons(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
We Could Do Worse: A Millennial Collection of Alternate Histories(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine, July/August 2000(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, October/November 2000(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Analog, September 2002(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Space Cadets(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Under Cover of Darkness(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Assassin and Other Stories(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Multiverse(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best of Galaxy's Edge Magazine 2013-2014(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Worst Contact(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Infinite Stars(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Space Pioneers(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best of Galaxy’s Edge(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Infinite Stars(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Born of the Sun: Adventures in Our Solar System(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conversations From the Edge: The Galaxy's Edge Interviews(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

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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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One Response to “Order of Larry Niven Books”

  1. GeorgeOlduvai: 8 years ago

    Destiny’s Road is a standalone novel.

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