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Larry Niven

Date de naissance: 30. avril 1938

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Laurence van Cott Niven, dit Larry Niven, né le 30 avril 1938 à Los Angeles, en Californie, est un auteur américain de science-fiction et de fantasy. Son œuvre la plus connue est le roman L'Anneau-Monde publié en 1970, premier livre du cycle de l'Anneau-Monde. Il est l'inventeur de l'univers de fiction Univers connu .

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„Giving up freedom for security has begun to look naive.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 4) Giving up freedom for security has begun to look naive. Even to me. Many of you were ahead of me on this — Three out of four hijacked airplanes destroyed the World Trade Center and a piece of the Pentagon in 2001. How is it possible that those planes were taken using only five perps armed with knives? It was possible because all those hundreds of passengers had been carefully stripped of every possible weapon. We may want to reconsider this approach. It doesn't work in high schools either. Earlier version: 4) F x S = k. The product of Freedom and Security is a constant. To gain more freedom of thought and/or action, you must give up some security, and vice versa.

„There is a time and place for tact.
And there are times when tact is entirely misplaced.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 11) There is a time and place for tact. And there are times when tact is entirely misplaced.

„No technique works if it isn't used.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 17) No technique works if it isn't used.

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„If human beings didn't have a strong preference for creation, nothing would get built, ever.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 6) It is easier to destroy than create. Bin Laden tore down the World Trade Center? Let's see him build one. If human beings didn't have a strong preference for creation, nothing would get built, ever.

„Any damn fool can predict the past.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 7) Any damn fool can predict the past. Unsourced variant: Any damned fool can predict the past. And most do.

„He was sick of having to be afraid.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 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. Ch. 12 : The Slowboat

„The organ banks would be supplied for years.“

— Larry Niven
Context: The organ banks would be supplied for years. Not only would the crew have a full supply, which they always did anyway, but there would be spare parts for exceptional servants of the regime; i. e., for civil servants such as Jesus Pietro and his men. Even the colonists would benefit. It was not at all unusual for the Hospital to treat a sick but deserving colonist if the medical supplies were sufficient. The Hospital treated everyone they could. It reminded the colonists that the crew ruled in their name and had their interests at heart. And the Sons of Earth was dead. All but one man, and from his picture he wasn't old enough to be dangerous. Nonetheless Jesus Pietro had his picture tacked to the Hospital bulletin boards and sent a copy to the newscast station with the warning that he was wanted for questioning. It was not until dawn, when he was settling down to sleep, that he remembered who belonged to that face. Matthew Keller's nephew... Ch. 3 : The Car

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„A sonic stunner was a surer bet than a hypothetical, undependable psi power. It was real, cold and hard in his hand.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 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. Ch. 12 : The Slowboat

„The idea had spread like wildfire .... like a moral plague, as one critic of the time had put it.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 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. Ch. 7 : The Bleeding Heart

„Anarchy is the least stable of social structures.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 10) Anarchy is the least stable of social structures.

„If what you have to say is important and/or difficult to follow, use the simplest language possible. If the reader doesn't get it then, let it not be your fault.“

— Larry Niven
Context: 5) If you've nothing to say, say it any way you like. Stylistic innovations, contorted story lines or none, exotic or genderless pronouns, internal inconsistencies, the recipe for preparing your lover as a cannibal banquet: feel free. If what you have to say is important and/or difficult to follow, use the simplest language possible. If the reader doesn't get it then, let it not be your fault.

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