Seven brilliant short stories by the award-winning author of Ringworld. Inconstant Moon – a moon so bright could only mean one thing. The sun had gone nova. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Larry Niven has won the prestigious Hugo Award five Inconstant Moon – Kindle edition by Larry Niven. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note. 3 of 5 stars. This tale poses an interesting scenario and question: you realize that this is your last night on Earth, or more correctly, Earth’s last.
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Seven brilliant short stories by the award-winning author of Ringworld. The sun had gone nova. Belters didn’t get addicted to current stimulation, so why did the spacer die with electrodes in his brain?
The things that mad Seven brilliant short stories by the award-winning author of Ringworld. The things that made it drove a space explorer raving mad. These are three of the superb stories in this new collection by Larry Niven.
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Lists with This Book. Jul 21, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: Good short story by Larry Niven about how a man who realizes the world will end in the morning spends his last night. Jun 19, York rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 04, Jerry Jose rated it really inconstanr it. It is most unusual to read an end of world story niben be extremely smug. He is like your tricky old grandma, diverting your mind off ‘flue’ by story telling, while serving chocolates with pills skillfully hidden in.
Here’s your fun Larry Niven science inconstamt again! Are you ready for the first question? You immediately call your girlfriend and inconstabt you’re coming round to see her. This isn’t a night when inconstamt should go to bed early incostant sleep, even if she does have an important meeting tomorrow.
View all 10 comments. Sep 21, Jose Moa rated it really liked it Shelves: A coleection of short stories where stand out Inconstant moon where a man lives in full his last hours as he realices by the extraordinary bright of the moon tha some is happanig to the sun probably becoming a nova. Dec 12, Bob Rust rated it it was amazing. Nov 25, Eric rated it it was amazing Shelves: The scenario is possible, so stock up on wine and duck liver, however that’s spelled Aug 21, Dan rated it really liked it.
Excellent story, appeals to my apocalyptic thought patterns.
Also what the movie ‘Melancholia’ should have been. Aug 27, Daryl rated it it was amazing. Niven’s short-form prose is fantastic! Within the space of a handful of pages, he is able to wrap you up in a world and a life you’ve almost no prior understanding off. While some stories are more entertaining than others, and the titular Inconstant Moon is one of the weaker one, each is a pleasure to read, moving you swiftly inconstanh one story to another and giving you a fascinating glance at each world.
I especially like that many of the stories are set in the same universe, but at another point in Niven’s short-form prose is fantastic! I especially like that many of the stories are set in the same universe, but at another point in time or location. Events and characters are referenced across stories, so each is essentially snapshot filling an album that can be looked over time and again.
Highly recommended if you’d like to read something that takes little commitment. The finale, Death by Ecstasy, is one of the highlights of this book. Dec 19, Jeremy rated it really liked it. I picked up the book because I had enjoyed the Ringworld series. I love the big scale, “what-if” stories Larry Niven writes, overlayed with a great plot and interesting characters. Plenty of such stories in this collection. May 30, J rated it it was amazing. Short story of approximately 20 minutes of sheer terror followed by the full weight of both apocalypse and hope.
Feb 22, James Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: I thought it might be interesting to rate each short story individually. I gave it 4 stars overall, though, simply by rounding down; I reserve 5 stars for books I consider nearly perfect. A very, very good collection of “hard” science fiction stories.
Inconstant Moon, Becalmed in Hell, and Death by Ecstasy are the stand o I thought it might be interesting to rate each short story individually. Inconstant Moon, Becalmed in Hell, and Death by Ecstasy are the stand out stories, with Death by Ecstasy, an almost proto-cyberpunk tale, being one of the best things I’ve read in a while. The edition I read contained 12 stories instead of 7.
Inconstant moon This story is what made me want to read the book.
Inconstant Moon by Larry Niven
It was good, but not as good as I expected. I’d like to see more of the aftermath of the event. I like how the story was laid out, slowly drawing towards the final reveal of what’s going on. Bordered in Black A delightfully horrifying story about the dangers of space exploration. Not at all what I expected from The edition I read contained 12 stories instead of 7.
Not at all what I expected from the title.
It initially seemed like a homophobic story, but as I read further, I changed my opinion. Probably my least favorite story though. Not really science fiction. A man picks up a hitchhiker who tries to rob him. Possibly my favorite story. The inconstanh ended on a really cool note.
One Face A spaceship is thrown far into the future.
How will the passengers survive when all the known stars have burned themselves out? It almost seems like a precursor to Niven’s Known Space universe, as some of the mentioned locations are the same, but the technology is different. Becalmed in Hell A manned mission to Nivsn runs into problems when the brain controlling the ship is unable to feel it’s thrusters. Death by Ecstasy Another story in Known space, dealing with organleggers.
I hadn’t read any stories set in this era of Known Space, and haven’t read any Gil Hamilton stories.
An interesting take on what might happen if universal organ donation were possible. Feb 26, Valerie added it. I don’t have a copy noven this book.
If I did, I’d write a complete table of contents. I’m pretty sure I originally read the title story in a pulp magazine, but I couldn’t say offhand which. Thinking back, I have to omon at the dense lack of scientific knowledge of the characters in the book. It’s moin that they didn’t know that the sun is not the kind of star to go nova it’s not big enough.
It will eventually swell to a diameter large enough to be very inconsttant to Earth–in a few billion years I don’t have a copy of this book. It will eventually swell to a diameter large enough to be very devastating to Earth–in a few billion years ; it’s also that they didn’t know that there’d be plenty of warning of a star that was due to nova if it was as nearby as the Sun is. I also had quite a few doubts about the residual and secondary impacts of the solar flare.
I think you’d notice a lot more than just the fact that ‘the mooon doth shine as bright as day’. And not just after sunrise, either. Massive, rapid changes in the heat equilibrium would, for one thing, cause major storms.
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And the associated interference with electromagnetic communications would make anything but face-to-face contact almost impossible. Not to mention spectacular aurorae. All in all, it struck me as another in a long line of stories where fascinating premises were only sketched out, and not really followed up.
May 25, Andrew rated it really liked it. This was one of my first introductions to Larry Niven. I went on not only to collect his body of work but also his collaborations books like Footfall and Mote in Gods Eye and one of my all time favourites, Legacy of Herot as well as his long running spin off series the Man-Kzin wars.