Laurence “Larry” Van Cott Niven, ba 1962, is a legend in the science fiction world. Writing primarily hard science fiction, Niven has authored numerous award-winning bestsellers and short stories. He is best known for Ringworld, published in 1970, the first of a sub series contained in Known Space, a future history. Niven has written for various science fiction television series and for the DC Comics character Green Lantern. Neutron Star, published in 1966, which won a Hugo, was first penned for a composition class at Washburn. His short story, The Return of William Proxmire, is partly set at Washburn University. His achievements include one Nebula, five Hugos, two Ditmars and four Locus Awards. With author Jerry Pournelle, Niven received the 2005 Robert A. Heinlein Society Award for outstanding published work in hard science or technical writings inspiring the human exploration of space. Washburn conferred an honorary doctor of literature on him in 1984.
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