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Book Title: A Gift from Earth|
The author of the book: Larry Niven
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 492 KB
Edition: Del Rey
Date of issue: July 12th 1984
ISBN 13: 9780345350510
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Browsing through the Niven backlist of Known Space books, and after the stellar Protector and Ringworld's Children, expectations were ramped up for A Gift from Earth. And this does start with a great setup: on a world where the only livable landmass is 40 miles up on a plateau, we find the colony of Mount Lookitthat. Not only do its inhabitants live on the edge of a steep death, but they are further burdened with a repressive society of haves and have-nots. The privileged 'Crew' can have any organ of the body transplanted except for the nervous system, promising themselves extended lifetimes. Organs are harvested from the 'Colonists' who must watch out for any transgression that may get them a death sentence at the organ banks. A diabolical scenario, for sure.
There is only one path for the colonists, and they are moved on this path by the arrival of a gift from earth. Thus, we have another complex concept book from Niven.
Gift ought to be a tale of anger and reprisal, a revolution brewing and exploding, Anthem with real passion, but instead the author chooses to follow the adventures of Matthew Keller. To be sure, Keller has something unique that makes him an interesting character. But in the background I expected true angst, lives wrecked by repression, a passionate insurgency rather than an intellectual, logical one. I kept looking for this even after the last page.
A rational book for an irrational social order. Keeping my rating of 3 stars.
Read information about the authorLaurence van Cott Niven's best known work is Ringworld (Ringworld, #1) (1970), which received the Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. The creation of thoroughly worked-out alien species, which are very different from humans both physically and mentally, is recognized as one of Niven's main strengths.
Niven also often includes elements of detective fiction and adventure stories. His fantasy includes The Magic Goes Away series, which utilizes an exhaustible resource, called Mana, to make the magic a non-renewable resource.
Niven created an alien species, the Kzin, which were featured in a series of twelve collection books, the Man-Kzin Wars. He co-authored a number of novels with Jerry Pournelle. In fact, much of his writing since the 1970s has been in collaboration, particularly with Pournelle, Steven Barnes, Brenda Cooper, or Edward M. Lerner.
He briefly attended the California Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics (with a minor in psychology) from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, in 1962. He did a year of graduate work in mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has since lived in Los Angeles suburbs, including Chatsworth and Tarzana, as a full-time writer. He married Marilyn Joyce "Fuzzy Pink" Wisowaty, herself a well-known science fiction and Regency literature fan, on September 6, 1969.
Niven won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story for Neutron Star in 1967. In 1972, for Inconstant Moon, and in 1975 for The Hole Man. In 1976, he won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette for The Borderland of Sol.
Niven has written scripts for various science fiction television shows, including the original Land of the Lost series and Star Trek: The Animated Series, for which he adapted his early Kzin story The Soft Weapon. He adapted his story Inconstant Moon for an episode of the television series The Outer Limits in 1996.
He has also written for the DC Comics character Green Lantern including in his stories hard science fiction concepts such as universal entropy and the redshift effect, which are unusual in comic books.
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