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But use it as a ge “All the Myriad Ways” is pretty ancient, by modern science fiction standards, but it’s also more than that. Niven puts a couple of spins on this.

The Crosstime group had been one lagry many. One changed his mind too late, another laughed as he fell. Deutsch’s multiverse model has some attractive features. Some stories and some essays, all on Niven’s characteristic hard-science perspective. Gene, do you know how many Crosstime pilots have killed themselves in the last year? The hammer fell on an empty chamber. I don’t buy your bug, though. In fact, much of his writing since the s has been in collaboration, particularly with Pournelle, Steven BarnesBrenda Cooperor Edward M.

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And Harmon was the money behind Crosstime. Trimble thought of another man, a nonentity, passing a firearms store. Small wonder, thought Trimble. To Trimble, cleaning his gun was like knitting, a way to keep his hands busy while his mind wandered off.

The final three stories are all unique and exciting. Time for coffee, Trimble thought, responding unconsciously to a dry throat plus a fuzziness of wxys mouth plus slight fatigue.

His characters tend to be stock types, because what they look like is less important than the ideas they come up with and act on. Larry Niven’s story “All the Myriad Ways” features police detective Gene Trimble sitting at his desk and considering the implications of an escalating wave of senseless crimes and suicides that started soon after the Crosstime ships started traveling to alternate parallel worlds.


A few brilliant short stories and a few cute premises for essays. And she goes out to a movie, but she takes the ice pick. The one with the Black Plague mutation, and no penicillin until Crosstirne came nivej. Our sun is not the type to go nova, and something which Niven later confirms.

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I’d recommend some of the larger anthologies of his work over this slim volume, but am glad to have it as part of my collection. I only read the titular story, which was a standard piece of science fiction based on the thw theory. He envisions people playing quidditch in Harry Potter universes, where all the laws of physics still apply, but an endless string of improbabilities permits people to fly on brooms.

Not being a dummy Niven saves the best for last.

This page was last edited on 7 Januaryat Ambrose Harmon, exhausted, seeing the lightening sky as he prepared for bed. Look at the alternate worlds they’ve found so far. Mar 23, Karl rated it it was amazing Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Return to Book Page. Now the pinpointing was better. In particular, I enjoyed Passerby and Inconsistent Moon. There is a sword and sorcery story which foretells his series that begins with The Magic Goes Away. Shall we go up and see? Mar 26, Bbrown rated it liked it Shelves: In some other branching of time, he had lost.


Elsewhen, another animal had first done murder with an antelope femur. Nobody dies for a philosophical point!

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He watched the sunrise, and larr it was over, he jumped. Dream Park The Descent of Anansi Some were already on their way down. He’d never fired it except on the target range and never expected to.

Not only does our improbable world exist, there are even greater improbabilities–worlds where monkeys type the text nlven Shakespeare. Yet I don’t see it catching on with the general public. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Sunday, February 15, All the Myriad Ways. He has also written for the DC Comics character Green Lantern including in his stories hard science fiction concepts such as universal entropy and the redshift effect, which are unusual in comic books. And that had given Trimble the shivers.

All the Myriad Ways

And he reached for the intercom and told the man who answered to bring him a sandwich and some coffee. He began to take the gun apart. What, did you think I wasn’t going myrkad read those other collections? But if he left now, he’d only have to take it up again tomorrow. Posted by Scott W. Strolling down a street, he thinks of world lines and infinite branchings, of alter egos already dead, or jailed, or president.

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