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

(with Rick Sternbach)

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

Publication Order of Ringworld Books

(with Edward M. Lerner)

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

Publication Order of Moties Books

(with Jerry Pournelle, Jennifer R. Pournelle)

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

Publication Order of Inferno Books

(with Jerry Pournelle)

Inferno (1975)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Escape from Hell (2009)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of The State Books

A World Out of Time (1976)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Integral Trees (1983)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Smoke Ring (1987)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Magic Goes Away Books

The Magic Goes Away (1978)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Magic May Return (1981)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Time of the Warlock (1984)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
More Magic (1984)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Seascape Tattoo (2016)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Dream Park Books

(with Steven Barnes)

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

Publication Order of Heorot Books

(with Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes)

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

Chronological Order of Heorot Books

(with Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes)

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

Publication Order of Man-Kzin Wars Books

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

Publication Order of Golden Road Books

(with Jerry Pournelle)

The Burning City (2000)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Burning Tower (2005)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Ringworld Prequel Books

Fleet of Worlds (2007)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Juggler of Worlds (2008)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Destroyer of Worlds (2009)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Betrayer of Worlds (2010)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Bowl Of Heaven Books

(with Gregory Benford)

Bowl of Heaven (2012)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Shipstar (2014)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Glorious (2020)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

All the Myriad Ways (1968)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Shape of Space (1969)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Inconstant Moon (1971)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Flight of the Horse (1973)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
A Hole in Space (1974)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Convergent Series (1979)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Limits (1985)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
N-Space (1990)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Playgrounds of the Mind (1991)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Three Books of Known Space (1996)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Scatterbrain (2003)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Magic Goes Away Collection (2005)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Draco Tavern (2006)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Stars and Gods (2010)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Madness from the Inconstant Moon (2017)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Stellar Guild Books

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

Publication Order of Ringworld Graphic Novels

(with)

Ringworld: The Graphic Novel, Part One (2014)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Ringworld: The Graphic Novel, Part Two (2015)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Infinite Stars Books

Infinite Stars (2017)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers (2019)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Isaac Asimov's Anthology Books

Isaac Asimov's Space of Her Own (By: Connie Willis,Ursula K. Le Guin,Pat Cadigan,Joan D. Vinge,Tanith Lee,Pamela Sargent,,Mary Gentle) (1983)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Aliens & Outworlders (With: Isaac Asimov,,Lisa Tuttle,Garry Douglas Kilworth,Jack C. Haldeman II,Barry N. Malzberg,William F. Wu,Steve Perry,Bob Shaw,Kate Wilhelm,,,,Madeleine E. Robins) (1983)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! (By: ) (1985)Amazon.ca | 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) (1989)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Aliens (By: Isaac Asimov) (1991)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Robots (By: Isaac Asimov) (1991)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's SF-Lite (By: Isaac Asimov) (1993)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's War (By: Isaac Asimov) (1993)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Cyberdreams (By: Isaac Asimov) (1994)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Skin Deep (By: Isaac Asimov) (1995)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Ghosts (By: Isaac Asimov) (1995)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Christmas (By: Isaac Asimov) (1997)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Camelot (By: Isaac Asimov) (1998)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Detectives (By: Isaac Asimov) (1998)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Valentines (By: Isaac Asimov) (1999)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Werewolves (By: Isaac Asimov) (1999)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Solar System (By: Gardner R. Dozois) (1999)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Utopias (By: Isaac Asimov) (2000)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Father Day (By: Isaac Asimov) (2001)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Halloween (By: Isaac Asimov) (2001)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

Galaxy Science Fiction, October 1966(1966)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Dangerous Visions(1967)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction Nineteenth Series(1971)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Best of All Possible Worlds(1980)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Aliens & Outworlders(1983)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Berserker Base(1985)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Robert Adams' Book of Alternate Worlds(1987)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Robert Adams' Book of Soldiers(1988)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Alien Sex: 19 Tales by the Masters of Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy(1990)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Time Machines(1997)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Space Cadets(2006)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Under Cover of Darkness(2007)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Assassin and Other Stories(2010)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Infinite Stars(2017)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Best of Galaxy's Edge(2018)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Best of Galaxy’s Edge(2018)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers(2019)Amazon.ca | 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: 6 years ago

    Destiny’s Road is a standalone novel.

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