“I’d visit the near future, close enough that someone might want to talk to Larry Niven and can figure out the language; distant enough to get me decent medical techniques and a ticket to the Moon.” – Larry Niven
That would be multi-award winning author Niven’s choice if he could time-travel. Best known for his massive bestselling novel (and series) Ringworld, Niven said he thinks dinosaurs probably became extinct because they didn’t have a space program. And while he’s glad we do, he’d still like to see us pick up the pace and be better prepared … just in case.
Born in Los Angeles on April 30, 1938, Niven began Sci-Fi writing in his early 20s, starting with short stories, then turning to novels. To date, he has turned out over 100 books, both Sci-Fi and Fantasy. His writing is a unique combination of hard science fiction, theoretical physics, detective fiction, and rollicking adventure.
In 2015, Niven was honored by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (actually a worldwide organization) with its prestigious “Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award” for his lifetime body of work.
A 5-time Hugo Award winner for his books and short stories, Niven also has written scripts for several top Sci-Fi television series and done work on DC Comics’ Green Lantern. Always up for new challenges, Niven’s advice to writers and readers alike is simple: “Treat your life like something to be sculpted.”