|Yup, I just ruined Ringworld for myself, by reading Ringworld.|
|Also, one assumes, with shorter |
lines and somewhat less puking.
Niven's concept has been widely influential in sci-fi. Iain M. Banks' Orbitals in his Culture novels, and the Halo in Halo borrowed Niven's idea as did Elysium, that so-so Matt Damon movie about how Jodie Foster can't pull of an English accent. Like at all.
|"'ello, 'ello, Matt Damon, welcome to moy spaice staishon. Spot-o-tea?"|
-Jodie Foster not being
British in Elysium
"You know, unlike women, math
never talks back, am I right fellas?"-Larry Niven
|Booster spice is something like the|
29th century equivalent of Enzyte.
|'Pfft...women, right? Can't live|
with'em, can't freeze em...or can't I?."
|You didn't think I'd be able to work|
Bea Arthur into this one, did you?
Look, I know I'm judging his worldview decades after the fact and that a lot's changed since the age of fondue and shag carpets, but it wasn't that long ago and predicting the future is sort of his job. You'd think that with all the math he put into working out the physics of the Ringworld, he'd have been able to better calculate the trajectory of our culture.
|Pictured: Larry Niven, apparently caught off guard by the suggestion that women|
might one day be permitted to do things like drive and be Prime Minister of the UK.