Larry Niven

Larry Niven is an American science fiction writer known for his 'Ringworld' series and his contributions to the 'Known Space' universe. He has won multiple Hugo, Locus, and Nebula awards for his work.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. Ringworld

    In this science fiction novel, a motley crew of explorers, including a 200-year-old human, a young woman with lucky genes, a cat-like alien, and a two-headed alien guide, embark on a journey to investigate an artificial ring orbiting a star. This colossal structure, known as the Ringworld, has the surface area of millions of Earths and harbors many mysteries. As the team explores the vast, enigmatic world, they encounter a variety of advanced technologies and alien species, while also grappling with the physics and dangers of the ring's environment. Their mission becomes a struggle for survival and a quest to uncover the origins and purpose of the Ringworld.

    The 1100th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Mote In God's Eye

    "The Mote In God's Eye" is a gripping science fiction novel set in the distant future, where humanity has expanded its reach to the stars. When a mysterious alien race, known as the Moties, is discovered, a team of human scientists and diplomats embark on a mission to establish contact and learn more about their civilization. However, as they delve deeper into the Moties' society, they uncover dark secrets and hidden agendas that could have catastrophic consequences for both species. Filled with political intrigue, moral dilemmas, and thought-provoking themes, this book explores the complexities of interstellar relations and the potential dangers of encountering an unknown extraterrestrial civilization.

    The 3758th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Lucifer's Hammer

    In this gripping novel, a comet hurtles towards Earth, causing widespread panic and destruction. As society collapses and chaos ensues, a diverse group of survivors must navigate the aftermath and confront the harsh realities of a post-apocalyptic world. With vivid characters and intense action, "Lucifer's Hammer" explores humanity's resilience and the lengths people will go to in order to survive.

    The 5663rd Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Oath Of Fealty

    In a near-future Los Angeles, a towering, self-contained arcology named Todos Santos stands as a beacon of innovation and security in an otherwise chaotic city. The residents of this urban fortress enjoy a life of comfort and safety, governed by a management team that has sworn an oath of fealty to the building and its inhabitants. When a terrorist attack from outside forces threatens the peace, the story delves into the complex interactions between the arcology's executives, the residents, and the resentful city dwellers outside. As the management team navigates political, social, and ethical dilemmas, the novel explores themes of autonomy, responsibility, and the societal impacts of technological advancement.

    The 10129th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Integral Trees

    In a distant future, humans inhabit a gas torus, a ring of breathable atmosphere around a neutron star, where they have adapted to life in free fall within this unique environment. The story follows a group of these humans who live among the "Integral Trees," gigantic, sky-spanning plants with their roots and branches extending in both directions away from a central trunk, in zero gravity. When the ruling order on one of the trees begins to falter, a small band of intrepid characters embarks on a journey that reveals the complex ecosystem of the torus and the intricate society that has evolved there. As they navigate the challenges of their three-dimensional world, they uncover secrets that could change their society forever, exploring themes of adaptation, survival, and the human spirit's unyielding drive to explore and understand its surroundings.

    The 10402nd Greatest Book of All Time