The good folks over at Subterranean Press have just announced pre-orders for The Best of Larry Niven, a book I spent some time editing last fall. It’s due out later this year and is a book I’ve always wanted to exist. I love big career retrospectives and Niven’s initial burst of short fiction stands, in my opinion, alongside those from John Varley and Greg Egan, as one of the most impressive and important starts to a career in SF history. I’d always been somewhat dissatisfied with the two big Niven retrospectives, N-Space and Playgrounds of My Mind, because they included novel excerpts and such. This book is just the pure quill – 27 Larry Niven short stories in one big book. For me it passes the toughest test of all – if I hadn’t worked on it myself I’d buy it. I think it’s essential.