LARRY NIVEN'S RINGWORLD, WINNER OF THE HUGO AND NEBULA AWARDS
NIVEN, Larry. Ringworld. London: Victor Gollancz, 1972. Small octavo, original brick-red cloth, original dust jacket. $4500.
First British and first hardcover edition of Larry Niven's Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel.
Niven "set his mark on the US sf field, winning four short-fiction Hugos, and both Hugo and Nebula in 1971 for Ringworld (1970), a capstone title in his seminal Tales of Known Space sequence… In the novels and stories of this sequence, and in some of his other work, he was seen for some time as hard sf's last best hope; and there can be no doubt that hard-sf writers dominant in the 1980s… owe much to the scope of Larry Niven's inventiveness, the sense he conveys of technological ingenuity as being ultimately beneficial, and his cognitive exuberance. The Tales of Known Space… is a wide-ranging, complex, unusually well integrated future history which, within an essentially optimistic and technophilic frame, provides an explanatory structure for the expansion of humanity into space, one notable from the first for the complexity of the Universe into which it introduces the burgeoning human race" (Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 873). In 2015 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named Niven the recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. First published in 1970 as a paperback original. Anatomy of Wonder II-807.
A few very small marks on cloth. Dust jacket bright and beautiful. A fine copy of this seminal work.