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The Flight of the Horse

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Science fiction
Short stories, English
Time travel - Fiction
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The Flight of the Horse
Bird in the Hand
There's a Wolf in My Time Machine
Death in a Cage
Flash Crowd
What Good is a Glass Dagger?
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A series of science fiction stories by Larry Niven.

1) The Flight of the Horse
Copyright © 1973 by Larry Niven
There was a time when I had to tell a story to someone, verbally, to know if it was worth writing.  I had to know where the story was confused, or what points to explain fully, or whether I had made my point, or even whether I had a point to make.  I bent a lot of ears in those days.

This book is dedicated to those who were willing to listen.  Starting with my brother Mike.
The year was 750AA (AnteAtomic) or 1200 AD (Anno Domini), approximately.
May contain spoilers
Certainly there are no magicians.
Comments may contain spoilers
"'The Flight of the Horse," Fantasy and Science Fiction, © 1969 by Mercury Press, Inc.
"Leviathan," Playboy, copyright © 1970 by Playboy
"Bird in the Hand," Fantasy and Science Fiction, © 1970 by Mercury Press, Inc.
"There's a Wolf in My Time Machine," Fantasy and Science Fiction, © 1971 by Mercury Press, Inc.
"Flash Crowd," Three Trips in Time and Space, © 1973 by Robert Silverberg, ed.
"What Good Is a Glass Dagger?" Fantasy and Science Fiction, © 1972 by Mercury Press, Inc.
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Last Updated: 18-Oct-2023


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And his mad adventures with horses, unicorns, ostriches, rocs, and other unlikely fauna, both extinct and as yet unborn, and of the extrabrdinary difficulties into which a simple, humdrum time-.trayeller can get when his Department supplies him with inadequate information.  But then, the Civil Service has ever been notorious for truly staggering foul-ups.  Several hundred centuries ahead or behind makes little difference except to complicate matters even further...


Proving that LARRY NIVEN can write on both sides of the science fiction fence.
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First Printing: September, 1973
Second Printing: January, 1974
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 Larry Niven
Birth: 30 Apr 1938 Los Angeles, California, USA
Larry Niven is the pen name of Laurence van Cott Niven.  He was born in 1938 in California.  He received a Bachelor's of Science in mathematics from Washburn University in Kansas.  His first publication was "The Coldest Place" for If in 1964.  He has since written many books including those in his Tales of Known Space series which also began in "The Coldest Place".
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Born April 30, 1938 in Los Angeles, California. Attended California Institute of Technology; flunked out after discovering a book store jammed with used science fiction magazines.  Graduated Washburn University, Kansas, June 1962: BA in Mathematics with a Minor in Psychology, and later received an honorary doctorate in Letters from Washburn. Interests: Science fiction conventions, role playing games, AAAS meetings and other gatherings of people at the cutting edges of science. Comics. Filk singing. Yoga and other approaches to longevity. Moving mankind into space by any means, but particularly by making space endeavors attractive to commercial interests. Several times we’ve hosted The Citizens Advisory Council for a National Space Policy. I grew up with dogs. I live with a cat, and borrow dogs to hike with. I have passing acquaintance with raccoons and ferrets. Associating with nonhumans has certainly gained me insight into alien intelligences.


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