Known Space Reading Order

Larry Niven is best known for his Ringworld series, but that science fiction universe is far larger, including dozens of short stories and more from multiple authors writing in Niven’s universe.

Whats on the Known Space Reading Order?

Known Space consists of several series by Larry Niven that he stitched together into one cohesive universe. One of those series, Man-Kzin Wars, is a collection of short stories written by various authors, and compiled/edited by Larry Niven. The end of the Man-Kzin Wars also includes the book Treasure Planet, which is a modernized version of Treasure Island, and was itself adapted as an animated film by Disney.

So here is the comprehensive Known Space reading order. Let us know if you see anything that needs changing, adding, or otherwise modified. Thank you, and we hope you enjoy. If you do, be sure to check out some of our other timelines, such as Asimov’s Foundation Universe.

Where to Start?

While you could start with the Man-Kzin Wars, one of the better places to start is with the original Ringworld. It’s the one that got all of this started, even though there are multiple entry points.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

Ringworld

Novel

Larry Niven

1970-10-01

2

Ringworld

Novel

Larry Niven

1980-01-01

4 parts

3

Ringworld

Novel

Larry Niven

1996-01-01

4

Ringworld

Novel

Larry Niven

2004-01-01

5

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1964-12-01

Collected in Tales of Known Space

6

Known Space

Novel

Larry Niven

1966-01-01

7

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1973-01-01

Collected in Tales of Known Space

8

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1966-01-01

Collected in Tales of Known Space

9

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1966-01-01

Collected in Tales of Known Space

10

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1973-01-01

Collected in Tales of Known Space

11

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1966-10-01

Collected in Neutron Star

12

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1966-11-01

Collected in Neutron Star

13

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1973-01-01

Collected in Tales of Known Space

14

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1966-01-01

Collected in Neutron Star

15

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1967-01-01

Collected in Tales of Known Space

16

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1967-12-01

Collected in Neutron Star

17

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1967-02-01

Collected in Neutron Star

18

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1967-03-01

Collected in Neutron Star

19

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1967-01-01

Collected in Neutron Star

20

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1967-01-01

Collected in Tales of Known Space

21

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1967-01-01

22

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1968-01-01

Collected in Tales of Known Space

23

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1968-01-01

Collected in Neutron Star

24

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1968-01-01

Collected in Tales of Known Space

25

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1968-01-01

Collected in Tales of Known Space

26

Known Space

Novel

Larry Niven

1968-01-01

3 parts

27

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1972-01-01

Collected in Tales of Known Space

28

Known Space

Novel

Larry Niven

1974-01-01

29

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1975-01-01

Collected in Tales of Known Space

30

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1994-01-01

Collected in Crashlander

31

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1994-01-01

Collected in Crashlander

32

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1969-01-01

Collected in Flatlander

33

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1973-01-01

Collected in Flatlander

34

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1975-01-01

Collected in Flatlander

35

Known Space

Novel

Larry Niven

1980-01-01

Collected in Flatlander

36

Known Space

Short Story

Larry Niven

1995-01-01

Collected in Flatlander

37

Man-Kzin Wars

Anthology

Larry Niven

1988-01-01

The Man-Kzin Wars are a series of short stories collected into several anthologies. They are roughly in order, so they are presented here as anthologies, not individual short stories.

38

Man-Kzin Wars

Anthology

Larry Niven

1989-07-01

39

Man-Kzin Wars

Anthology

Larry Niven

1990-07-01

40

Man-Kzin Wars

Anthology

Larry Niven

1991-07-01

41

Man-Kzin Wars

Anthology

Larry Niven

1992-07-01

42

Man-Kzin Wars

Anthology

Larry Niven

1994-07-01

43

Man-Kzin Wars

Anthology

Larry Niven

1995-01-01

44

Man-Kzin Wars

Anthology

Larry Niven

2002-01-02

45

Man-Kzin Wars

Anthology

Larry Niven

2002-01-02

46

Man-Kzin Wars

Anthology

Larry Niven

2003-07-22

47

Man-Kzin Wars

Anthology

Larry Niven

2005-10-04

48

Man-Kzin Wars

Novel

Larry Niven
Paul Chafe

2006-07-04

49

Man-Kzin Wars

Anthology

Larry Niven

2009-02-03

50

Man-Kzin Wars

Anthology

Larry Niven

2012-04-03

Leave a Comment

Support for MythBank

This website is made possible by your support on Patreon.

If you like our attempts to study and document storytelling and want exclusive reader rewards, your support on Patreon would be tremendously appreciated, and will help keep the site alive!

patreon button

Latest Timelines
Login
Loading...
Sign Up

New membership are not allowed.

Loading...