Known Space Reading Order

The Known Space reading order and timeline art, featuring a scene from the Ringworld series.


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.


#Series:Buy:Name:Type:Author/Director:Year:Notes:
1RingworldBuyRingworldNovelLarry Niven1970
2RingworldBuyThe Ringworld EngineersNovelLarry Niven19794 parts
3RingworldBuyThe Ringworld ThroneNovelLarry Niven1996
4RingworldBuyRingworld's ChildrenNovelLarry Niven2004
5Known SpaceBuyThe Coldest PlaceShort StoryLarry Niven1964Collected in Tales of Known Space
6Known SpaceBuyWorld of PtavvsNovelLarry Niven1965
7Known SpaceBuyBecalmed in HellShort StoryLarry Niven1965Collected in Tales of Known Space
8Known SpaceBuyEye of an OctopusShort StoryLarry Niven1966Collected in Tales of Known Space
9Known SpaceBuyThe WarriorsShort StoryLarry Niven1966Collected in Tales of Known Space
10Known SpaceBuyHow the Heroes DieShort StoryLarry Niven1966Collected in Tales of Known Space
11Known SpaceBuyNeutron StarShort StoryLarry Niven1966Collected in Neutron Star
12Known SpaceBuyAt the CoreShort StoryLarry Niven1966Collected in Neutron Star
13Known SpaceBuyAt the Bottom of a HoleShort StoryLarry Niven1966Collected in Tales of Known Space
14Known SpaceBuyA Relic of the EmpireShort StoryLarry Niven1966Collected in Neutron Star
15Known SpaceBuyThe Jigsaw ManShort StoryLarry Niven1967Collected in Tales of Known Space
16Known SpaceBuyThe HandicappedShort StoryLarry Niven1967Collected in Neutron Star
17Known SpaceBuyThe Soft WeaponShort StoryLarry Niven1967Collected in Neutron Star
18Known SpaceBuyFlatlanderShort StoryLarry Niven1967Collected in Neutron Star
19Known SpaceBuyThe Ethics of MadnessShort StoryLarry Niven1967Collected in Neutron Star
20Known SpaceBuySafe at Any SpeedShort StoryLarry Niven1967Collected in Tales of Known Space
21Known SpaceThe AdultsShort StoryLarry Niven1967
22Known SpaceBuyWait it OutShort StoryLarry Niven1968Collected in Tales of Known Space
23Known SpaceBuyGrendelShort StoryLarry Niven1968Collected in Neutron Star
24Known SpaceBuyThe DeceiversShort StoryLarry Niven1968Collected in Tales of Known Space
25Known SpaceBuyTere is a TideShort StoryLarry Niven1968Collected in Tales of Known Space
26Known SpaceBuyA Gift from EarthNovelLarry Niven19683 parts
27Known SpaceBuyCloak of AnarchyShort StoryLarry Niven1972Collected in Tales of Known Space
28Known SpaceBuyProtectorNovelLarry Niven1973
29Known SpaceBuyThe Borderland of SolShort StoryLarry Niven1975Collected in Tales of Known Space
30Known SpaceBuyProcrustesShort StoryLarry Niven1993Collected in Crashlander
31Known SpaceBuyGhostShort StoryLarry Niven1994Collected in Crashlander
32Known SpaceBuyDeath by EcstasyShort StoryLarry Niven1969Collected in Flatlander
33Known SpaceBuyThe Defenseless DeadShort StoryLarry Niven1973Collected in Flatlander
34Known SpaceBuyARMShort StoryLarry Niven1975Collected in Flatlander
35Known SpaceBuyThe Patchword GirlNovelLarry Niven1980Collected in Flatlander
36Known SpaceBuyThe Woman in Del Rey CraterShort StoryLarry Niven1995Collected in Flatlander
37Man-Kzin WarsBuyThe Man-Kzin WarsAnthologyLarry Niven1988The 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.
38Man-Kzin WarsBuyMan-Kzin Wars IIAnthologyLarry Niven1989
39Man-Kzin WarsBuyMan-Kzin Wars IIIAnthologyLarry Niven1990
40Man-Kzin WarsBuyMan-Kzin Wars IVAnthologyLarry Niven1991
41Man-Kzin WarsBuyMan-Kzin Wars VAnthologyLarry Niven1992
42Man-Kzin WarsBuyMan-Kzin Wars VIAnthologyLarry Niven1994
43Man-Kzin WarsBuyMan-Kzin Wars VIIAnthologyLarry Niven1995
44Man-Kzin WarsBuyChoosing NamesAnthologyLarry Niven1998
45Man-Kzin WarsBuyMan-Kzin Wars IXAnthologyLarry Niven2002
46Man-Kzin WarsBuyMan-Kzin Wars X: The Wunder WarAnthologyLarry Niven2003
47Man-Kzin WarsBuyMan-Kzin Wars XIAnthologyLarry Niven2005
48Man-Kzin WarsBuyMan-Kzin Wars XIIAnthologyLarry Niven2009
49Man-Kzin WarsBuyMan-Kzin Wars XIIIAnthologyLarry Niven2012
50Man-Kzin WarsBuyMan-Kzin Wars XIVAnthologyLarry Niven2013
51Man-Kzin WarsBuyTreasure PlanetNovelJessica Q. Fox, Hal Colebatch2014
52Fleet of WorldsBuyFleet of WorldsNovelLarry Niven, Edward M. Lerner2007
53Fleet of WorldsBuyJuggler of WorldsNovelLarry Niven, Edward M. Lerner2008
54Fleet of WorldsBuyDestroyer of WorldsNovelLarry Niven, Edward M. Lerner2009
55Fleet of WorldsBuyBetrayer of WorldsNovelLarry Niven, Edward M. Lerner2010
56Fleet of WorldsBuyFate of Worlds: Return from the RingworldNovelLarry Niven, Edward M. Lerner2012

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