By Larry Niven
An early selection of brief works.
All the Myriad methods (1968)
For a Foggy evening (1968)
Wait It Out [Known house] (1968)
The Jigsaw guy [Known house] (1967)
Not lengthy ahead of the top (1969)
Unfinished tale No. 1 (1970)
Unfinished tale No. 2 (1971)
Man of metal, lady of Kleenex (essay, 1969)
Exercise in hypothesis: the speculation and perform of Teleportation (essay, 1969)
The concept and perform of Time go back and forth (essay, 1971) Inconstant Moon (1971)
What are you able to Say approximately Chocolate coated Manhole Covers? (1971)
Becalmed in Hell [Known house] (1965)
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Wouldn’t everything become worthless for you? Wouldn’t the bottom just drop out of life? That’s how I’ve felt. I promised you I would give up the thing I’ve wanted to do all my life the thing I’ve been doing all my life until I met you. ’ Mary lay silent. She did not understand: did not want to understand. He was selfish and stupid. To compare a smashed machine with a stillborn child. Talking as if his passion for speed and more speed could be compared with the urge to bear a child. What nonsense l He spoke like a child himself.
I didn’t know what I was saying when I promised that. I thought I could settle down and give it all up. I’ve tried, but I’m not cut out to be a designer of other men’s machines. Hang it all, I’m still young. These last two years I’ve designed and built some of the best rocket planes in the world and then I’ve had to sit by like an old fogy of eighty while young fools lose races with them, crash them by damn bad flying and God knows what else. Do you think it’s been easy for me to watch them being mishandled while all the time I know what they are capable of and could make them do it?
Whatever the cause, he fell very blindly in love with her. And Mary did not fall in love; she began to love him in a way which he never could and never did understand. This morning, sitting up in bed with the newspaper spread across the untouched breakfast tray, she went back over it all. A swift wooing and a swift marriage. She had been swept by a word out of her calm life into an insane volution of publicity. Her engagement had been a time of pesterment by interviewers, offers for signed articles, requests from photographers, suggestions by advertisers.
All the Myriad Ways by Larry Niven