Laurence van Cott Niven (/ˈnɪvən/; born April 30, 1938) is an American science fiction author. His best-known work is Ringworld (1970)[1][2], which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. It also often includes elements of detective fiction and adventure stories. His fantasy includes the series The Magic Goes Away, rational fantasy dealing with magic as a non-renewable resource. For more, read the wikipedia article on Larry Niven.


  1. The engineering team that designed the Ross 128 Torus learned of that book and the torus discribed in part within only after they had completed the initial design phase.  Linda Schwartz suposedly made a comment along the lines of remembering reading a book when she was a teenager that mentioned a torus around a star.
  2. Ringworld is the most popular Pre Astro Terran "science fiction" story among the inhabitants of the Ross 128 Torus.
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