#29 – Larry Niven and the Return of Hard Sci-Fi

Writer's History #4 – Daniel Bensen Interview A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Daniel Bensen is an author of science fiction, alternate history, and stories of speculative evolution. In this interview, we discuss his new book, Interchange, sequel to his debut novel, Junction, and other writings. Dan's website. Dan's book recommendations: The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold Greg Egan The Darkness That Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker
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  3. #29 – Larry Niven and the Return of Hard Sci-Fi
  4. Writer's History #3 – Dr. Benjamin Stevens Interview
  5. #28 – Children's Sci-Fi in the New Wave

By 1970, the New Wave in science fiction had made peace with a surge of new hard sci-fi works and writers. At the forefront of this trend was Larry Niven, who took a unique path in hard sci-fi by proposing new physics, but still applying it rigorously. In this episode, we explore his work.

Book recommendation: Ringworld by Larry Niven.

My blog post about Ringworld.

Other works discussed:
The Magic Goes Away
With Jerry Pournelle:
The Mote in God’s Eye
The Gripping Hand
Lucifer’s Hammer
Footfall

Check out this episode!

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I'm a full-time astrophysicist and a part-time science fiction writer.
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