Larry Niven

#12327 Larry Niven

Everything starts as somebody's daydream. .

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#12328 Larry Niven

The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don't have a space program, it'll serve us right! .

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#12329 Larry Niven

The Unexpected always comes at the most awkward times. .

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#12330 Larry Niven

Anything you don't understand is dangerous until you do understand it. .

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#12331 Larry Niven

That's the thing about people who think they hate computers ... What they really hate are lousy programmers. .

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#12332 Larry Niven

Think of it as evolution in action. .

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#12333 Larry Niven

God was knocking, and he wanted in bad. .

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#12334 Larry Niven

Half of wisdom is learning what to unlearn. .

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#12338 Larry Niven

He was sick of having to be afraid. ... If he stopped being afraid, even for an instant, he could be killed! .

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#12339 Larry Niven

A ramrobot had been the first to see Mount Lookitthat. Ramrobots had been first visitors to all the settled worlds. The interstellar ramscoop robots, with an unrestricted fuel supply culled from interstellar hydrogen, could travel between stars at speeds approaching that of light. .

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#12340 Larry Niven

Matthew Leiah Keller sat beneath a watershed tree and brooded. Other children played all around him, but they ignored Matt. So did two teachers on monitor duty. People usually ignored Matt when he wanted to be alone. Uncle Matt was gone. Gone to a fate so horrible that the adults wouldn't even talk about it. .

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#12341 Larry Niven

The medical revolution that began with the beginning of the twentieth century had warped all human society for five hundred years. America had adjusted to Eli Whitney's cotton gin in less than half that time. As with the gin, the effects would never quite die out. But already society was swinging back to what had once been normal. Slowly; but there was motion. In Brazil a small but growing, alliance agitated for the removal of the death penalty for habitual traffic offenders. They would be opposed, but they would win. .

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#12342 Larry Niven

From the beginning there had been a revolutionary group. Its name had changed several times, and Matt had no idea what it was now. He had never known a revolutionary. He had no particular desire to be one. They accomplished nothing, except to fill the Hospital's organ banks. How could they, when the crew controlled every weapon and every watt of power on Mount Lookitthat? If this was a nest of rebels, then they had worked out a good cover. Many of the merrymakers had no hearing aids, and these seemed to be the ones who didn't know anyone here. Like Matt himself. In the midst of a reasonably genuine open-house brawl, certain people listened to voices only they could hear. .

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#12343 Larry Niven

"You look like a girl with a secret," Matt said. "I think it must be the smile." She moved closer to him, which was very close, and lowered her voice. "Can you keep a secret?" Matt smiled with one side of his mouth to show that he knew what was coming. She said it anyway. "So can I." .

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#12346 Larry Niven

There were organ banks all over the world, inadequately supplied by people kind enough to will their bodies to medical science. How useful is the body of a man who dies of old age? How fast can you reach a car accident? And in 2043, Arkansas, which had never rescinded the death penalty, made the organ banks the official state method of execution.The idea had spread like wildfire .... like a moral plague, as one critic of the time had put it. .

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#12347 Larry Niven

Jesus Pietro wasn't used to dealing with ghosts. It would require brand new techniques. Grimly he set out to evolve them. .

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#12348 Larry Niven

Jesus Pietro was worried. The Sons of Earth, if they got this far, would go straight to the vivarium to free their compatriots. But if Matthew Keller was his own agent... If the ghost of Alpha Plateau was not a rebel, but a thing with its own unpredictable purpose... Jesus Pietro worried. .

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#12349 Larry Niven

"I'm no historian," said Harry. "But morals are morals. What's unethical here and now is unethical anywhere, anytime." "Kane, you're wrong. It is ethical to execute a man for theft?" "Of course." "Did you know that there was once a vastly detailed science of rehabilitation for criminals? It was a branch of psychology, naturally, but it was by far the largest such branch. By the middle of century twenty-one, nearly two-thirds of all criminals could eventually be released as cured." "That's silly. Why go to all that trouble when the organ banks must have been crying for — Oh. I see. No organ banks." .

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#12350 Larry Niven

Parlette spoke slowly and evenly. "I am trying to prevent a bloodbath. Is that clear enough for you? I'm trying to prevent a civil war that could kill half the people in this world." .

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#12351 Larry Niven

Someone or something was in this room, something or someone with the power to make people forget. ... He was reaching for the stunner on his desk when something caught his eye. It was the dossier for Matthew Keller, senior. A crude drawing defaced its yellow cover. Two open arcs, joined, in black ink. Three small closed loops beneath.The bleeding heart. It certainly hadn't been there before. Jesus Pietro opened the folder. He could smell his own fear, and feel it, in the cool perspiration that soaked his shirt. As if he'd been afraid for hours. .

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#12352 Larry Niven

The bleeding-heart symbol does not represent any known revolutionary organization. ... Yes, the bleeding heart was something else again. A gruesome symbol on a vivarium floor. Fingers that broke without their owner noticing. An ink drawing appearing from nowhere on a dossier cover, like a signature. A signature. .

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#12353 Larry Niven

He was sick of having to be afraid. It was a situation to drive a man right out of his skull. If he stopped being afraid, even for an instant, he could be killed! But now, at least for the moment, he could stop listening for footsteps, stop trying to look in all directions at once. A sonic stunner was a surer bet than a hypothetical, undependable psi power. It was real, cold and hard in his hand. .

Larry Niven Quotes about power
#12354 Larry Niven

I have a kind of psychic invisibility. As long as I can stay scared, I can keep people from seeing me. That's what we have to count on. .

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#12355 Larry Niven

Millard Parlette was near exhaustion. ... Sometimes it seemed to him, that he was at the end of his life, that he'd waited just long enough to meet this — the crisis he'd foreseen a hundred years ago. ... Known rebels moved freely through the Hospital, and no one could touch them. Their attitude toward the police was rude and contemptuous. Rumor had it that Millard Parlette was drafting new laws to further restrict police power. It didn't help that the rumors were true. .

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#12356 Larry Niven

Theis too complicated afor a sensibly cautious being to play with. .

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#12357 Larry Niven

Page numbers from the Del Rey mass market paperback .

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#12358 Larry Niven

Louis knew a few xenophobes, and regarded them as dolts. .

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#12359 Larry Niven

is the brother of . .

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#12360 Larry Niven

Thedo not protect . Fools are protected by more capable fools. .

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#12361 Larry Niven

To witness titanic events is always , usually , and often . .

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#12362 Larry Niven

The perversity of thetends towards a maximum. The universe is hostile. .

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#12363 Larry Niven

One mark of a good officer, he remembered, was the ability to make quick . If they happen to be right, so much the better. .

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#12364 Larry Niven

Seen through the glow of a building orgasm, aseems to blaze with. .

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#12365 Larry Niven

The majority is always sane. .

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#12366 Larry Niven

Tell them theis too complicated afor a sensibly cautious being to play with. .

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#12367 Larry Niven

There is never noleft. . .

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#12369 Larry Niven

We learn only to ask more questions. .

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#12370 Larry Niven

Forget the : Concentrate on detail. .

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#12372 Larry Niven

Sometimes there’s no point in giving up. .

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#12373 Larry Niven

is always a capital . .

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#12374 Larry Niven

I knew it long ago: I'm a compulsive , but I can't teach. The godawful state of today's isn't what's stopping me. I lack at least two of the essential qualifications. I cannot "suffergladly." The smartest of my pupils would get all my attention, and the rest would have to fend for themselves. And I can't handle being interrupted. is the answer. Whatever I have to teach, my students will select themselves by buying the . And nobody interrupts a printed page. .

Larry Niven Quotes about god
#12376 Larry Niven

Theof theis all over your head... .

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#12377 Larry Niven

We follow the scientists around and look over their shoulders. They're watching their feet: provable mistakes are bad for them. We're looking as far ahead as we can, and we don't get penalized for mistakes. .

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#12378 Larry Niven

Theof theis all over your head. We need to take command of the solar system to gain that wealth, and to escape theof paper ouris becoming, and for some decent chance of stopping a Dinosaur Killer asteroid. .

Larry Niven Quotes about man
#12379 Larry Niven

We've fallen way behind. Building one space station for everyone was and is : we should have built a dozen. .

Larry Niven Quotes about zen
#12380 Larry Niven

Cheap superconductors imply maglev trains everywhere.could get big again, with RAM/ROM rising by powers of forty and fifty, if superconductors shed the heat. Laser handguns against superconducting armor. I'm not predicting; I justplaying with superconductors. .

Larry Niven Quotes about power
#12381 Larry Niven

Here is where the predictions failed: We didn't takementality into account: "if somebody has something I don't, he must have stolen it." We didn't understand howwe could get at— when you have something that someone else doesn't, the whole damn planetit. .

Larry Niven Quotes about men
#12382 Larry Niven

, and the , of "how the Universe works" written 29 January 2002, published in Analog Magazine (November 2002) .

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#12383 Larry Niven

It is easier to destroy than create. .

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#12384 Larry Niven

never repeats itself. .

Larry Niven Quotes about self

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