Book Reviews of Playgrounds of the Mind

Playgrounds of the Mind
Playgrounds of the Mind
Author: Larry Niven
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780812516951
ISBN-10: 0812516958
Publication Date: 7/15/1992
Pages: 704
Rating:
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Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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# 1 Thraxisp: A Memoir (1991) essay by Larry Niven
# 9 A Teardrop Falls [Berserker] (1983) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 22 Inferno (excerpt) (1976) shortstory by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
# 35 A World Out of Time (excerpt: Rammer) (1992) novelette by Larry Niven
# 69 "The Ethics of Madness" (excerpt) (1992) essay by Larry Niven
# 74 Becalmed in Hell [Known Space] (1965) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 90 Wait It Out [Known Space] (1968) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 99 A Relic of the Empire [Known Space] (1966) novelette by Larry Niven
# 122 Lucifer's Hammer (excerpt) (1977) novella by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
# 180 The Soft Weapon [Known Space] (1967) novelette by Larry Niven
# 241 The Borderland of Sol [Known Space] (1975) novelette by Larry Niven
# 294 The Ringworld Engineers (excerpt) (1992) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 308 What Good Is a Glass Dagger? [Magic Goes Away] (1972) novelette by Larry Niven
# 354 The Magic Goes Away (excerpt) (1992) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 359 The Defenseless Dead [Known Space] (1973) novelette by Larry Niven
# 416 The Patchwork Girl (excerpt) (1992) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 421 Leviathan! [Svetz] (1970) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 436 Oath of Fealty (excerpt) (1981) shortfiction by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
# 449 Unfinished Story [Magic Goes Away] (1970) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 451 Cautionary Tales (1978) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 456 The Dreadful White Page (1988) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 458 Dream Park (excerpt) (1992) essay by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes
# 458 Retrospective (1980) shortstory by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes
# 472 The Green Marauder [Draco Tavern] (1979) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 478 Assimilating Our Culture, That's What They're Doing [Draco Tavern] (1978) shortstory by Larry Niven (aka Assimilating Our Culture, That's What They're Doing!)
# 483 War Movie [Draco Tavern] (1981) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 489 Limits [Draco Tavern] (1981) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 495 The Lost Ideas (1991) essay by Larry Niven
# 512 Bigger Than Worlds [Science Fact (Analog)] (1974) essay by Larry Niven
# 533 Ghetto? But I Thought . . . (1991) essay by Larry Niven
# 548 Adrienne and Irish Coffee (1991) essay by Larry Niven
# 554 One Night at the Draco Tavern [Draco Tavern] (1991) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 558 TrantorCon Report (1974) essay by Larry Niven
# 562 Why Men Fight Wars, and What You Can Do About It! (1984) essay by Larry Niven
# 566 Comics (1991) essay by Larry Niven
# 571 Green Lantern Bible (excerpt) (1992) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 579 Criticism (1989) essay by Larry Niven
# 589 The Legacy of Heorot (excerpt) (1987) shortstory by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes
# 605 The Portrait of Daryanree the King (1989) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 617 The Wishing Game (1989) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 632 The Lion in His Attic [Magic Goes Away] (1982) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 657 Footfall (excerpt) (1992) shortstory by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
# 675 Works in Progress (1992) essay by Larry Niven
# 675 The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye (1992) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 684 Fallen Angels (excerpt) (1991) shortfiction by Michael F. Flynn and Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven [as by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and Michael Flynn ]
# 687 Wanted Fan (1991) poem by Larry Niven
# 690 The California Voodoo Game (1991) shortstory by Larry Niven
# 695 Letter (to Ralph Vicinanza Ltd.) (1991) essay by Larry Niven
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If you like Niven this is good. Lots of authors notes included.
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Collection of Niven's writings, framed by commentary. The comments and insider gossip are great fun, and the short pieces are of Niven's usual high quality, but the brief excerpts from longer works too often seem pointless. (If you've read the full work, it's old news. If you haven't, you too often have no idea what's going on and there's really no payoff.)