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

The World of Ptavvs (1966)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Gift from Earth (1968)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Neutron Star (1968)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton (1969)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Protector (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tales of Known Space (By: Rick Sternbach)(1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Patchwork Girl (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crashlander (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Flatlander (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Ringworld Books

Ringworld (1970)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ringworld Engineers (1979)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
Fate of Worlds (By: Edward M. Lerner)(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Moties Books

The Mote in God's Eye (With: Jerry Pournelle)(1974)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Gripping Hand / The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye (With: Jerry Pournelle)(1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Inferno Books

Inferno (With: Jerry Pournelle)(1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Escape from Hell (With: Jerry Pournelle)(2009)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 (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Smoke Ring (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Magic Goes Away Books

The Magic Goes Away (1978)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Magic May Return (1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Time of the Warlock (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
More Magic (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Seascape Tattoo (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Dream Park Books

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

Publication Order of Heorot Books

The Legacy of Heorot (With: Jerry Pournelle,Steven Barnes)(1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Beowulf's Children / The Dragons of Heorot (With: Jerry Pournelle,Steven Barnes)(1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret of Black Ship Island (With: Jerry Pournelle,Steven Barnes)(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Starborn and Godsons (With: Jerry Pournelle,Steven Barnes)(2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Heorot Books

The Legacy of Heorot(1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret of Black Ship Island(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Beowulf's Children / The Dragons of Heorot(1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Starborn and Godsons(2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Man-Kzin Wars Books

Man-Kzin Wars III (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars IV (By: S.M. Stirling)(1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Children's Hour (By: S.M. Stirling,Jerry Pournelle)(1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars V (By: Jerry Pournelle)(1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars VI (By: Gregory Benford,Mark O. Martin)(1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars VII (By: Paul Chafe)(1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Darker Geometry (By: Gregory Benford)(1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best of All Possible Wars (By: S.M. Stirling)(1998)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 (By: Jim Baen)(2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The House of the Kzinti (By: Jerry Pournelle)(2002)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 (By: Matthew Harrington)(2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Destiny's Forge (By: Paul Chafe)(2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Destiny's Forge (By: Paul Chafe)(2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Man-Kzin Wars XII (2009)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
Man-Kzin Wars XV (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Golden Road Books

The Burning City (With: Jerry Pournelle)(2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Burning Tower (By: Jerry Pournelle)(2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Ringworld Prequel Books

Fleet of Worlds (With: Edward M. Lerner)(2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Juggler of Worlds (With: Edward M. Lerner)(2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Destroyer of Worlds (With: Edward M. Lerner)(2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Betrayer of Worlds (With: Edward M. Lerner)(2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Bowl Of Heaven Books

Bowl of Heaven (With: Gregory Benford)(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shipstar (With: Gregory Benford)(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Glorious (With: Gregory Benford)(2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Flying Sorcerers (With: David Gerrold)(1970)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Oath of Fealty (With: Jerry Pournelle)(1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Descent of Anansi (With: Steven Barnes)(1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fallen Angels (With: Jerry Pournelle,Michael Flynn)(1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Achilles' Choice (With: Steven Barnes)(1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Destiny's Road (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rainbow Mars (1999)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Saturn's Race (With: Steven Barnes)(2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Building Harlequin's Moon (With: Brenda Cooper)(2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Goliath Stone (With: Matthew Joseph Harrington)(2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

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

Publication Order of Stellar Guild Books

Tau Ceti (By: Kevin J. Anderson,Steven Savile)(2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
On the Train (By: Rachel Turtledove)(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
New Under the Sun (By: Nancy Kress)(2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Aethers of Mars (By: Eric Flint)(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Red Tide (With: Matthew Joseph Harrington,Brad R. Torgersen)(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

Galaxy Science Fiction, October 1966(1966)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fallen Angels(1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Under Cover of Darkness(2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best of Galaxy's Edge(2018)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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