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Jun 02, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: Larry Niven is truly at his best with short fiction, and though I had read a couple of these stories wayz other anthologies this was a very good book — I particularly liked some of the closing stories “Inconstant Moon” and “What Can You Say About Chocolate Manhole Covers?

Retrieved from ” https: He stood up to go home and slowly sat down again. Streaming out of police headquarters in all their multitudes, leaving a muriad of Trimbles behind them. The Crosstime group had been one of many. The questions science must ask but cannot answer.

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The exploration of how people would react to the multiverse theory being proven true was trite. Lagry being a dummy Niven saves the best for last. In the early morning light he lay, more a stain than man, thirty-six stories below the edge of his own penthouse roof.

Elsewhen, another animal had first done murder with an antelope femur. But—suppose someone walked into the office right now, and it was Gene Trimble?

Each of these trying to deal, alone, with the city’s endless, inexplicable parade of suicides. Trimble had tried to call the other Gary Wilcox.


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Some were already on their way down. For Ambrose Harmon was news.

Feb 01, Larry Wentzel rated it it was amazing. What’s the point of a short-story collection if you can’t drag it out. Aug 08, Michael Bafford rated it liked it. A police detective, pondering a rash of unexplained suicides and murder-suicides occurring since the discovery of travel to parallel universes karry, begins to realize that if all possible choices that might be made actually are made in parallel universes, people will see their freedom of choice as meaningless.

His llarry includes The Magic Goes Away series, which utilizes an exhaustible resource, called Mana, to make the magic a non-renewable resource.

All the Myriad Ways by Larry Niven

Posted by Scott W. As physics goes, Deutsch’s theory is mostly unobjectionable. While some of the science has been superseded, the storylines are still engaging; characterization one of his weak points is not as much of an issue in short stories, another reason why I often prefer them.

There might have been a motive there, for suicide or murder, though it had never been likely.

Already those inventions had started more than one industrial revolution. Every choice made by every man, woman, and child on Earth was reversed in the universe next door.

Usually there was no note. Want to Read saving…. As many have said, it’s very technical in the middle and I can see not many being keen on that. In the first place, Harmon had cared nothing for money. By using this site, you agree to waye Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. And since the pilot himself had a choice, he naturally returned to them all. A few brilliant short stories and a few cute premises for essays. Even his novels seem drawn not so much with the broad brush of huge activity as with the thin stroke detailed studies of individuals.


Strolling down a street, he thinks of world lines and infinite branchings, of alter egos already dead, or jailed, or president. It was bad enough, knowing about the other Trimbles, the ones who had gone home, the ones drinking coffee, et cetera.

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. There was little to be learned from seeing him in his present condition. One of those endings, of course, is that Trimble pulls the trigger and kills himself–becoming just alll more of the senseless suicides that started his investigation. And Crosstime held all the patents. It was certainly possible.

Metaphysics asks, “how many futures are there? At the time that project had looked as harebrained as the rest: I read this with great enthusiasm thirty years ago, and, surprise! Intelligent Design argues that biological systems contain features that cannot be explained on the basis of mere time and chance.

But use it as a generic review of all of Niven’s short works, whether fiction, fact, llarry essay, because it’s what he does best. In theory they could get even closer. His hands began to shake. This book exemplifies his mastery of the craft, though old.

The Crosstime Corporation already held a score of patents on inventions imported from alternate time tracks.