By Larry Niven
An early choice of brief works.
All the Myriad methods (1968)
For a Foggy evening (1968)
Wait It Out [Known area] (1968)
The Jigsaw guy [Known house] (1967)
Not lengthy sooner than the tip (1969)
Unfinished tale No. 1 (1970)
Unfinished tale No. 2 (1971)
Man of metal, lady of Kleenex (essay, 1969)
Exercise in hypothesis: the idea and perform of Teleportation (essay, 1969)
The conception and perform of Time trip (essay, 1971) Inconstant Moon (1971)
What are you able to Say approximately Chocolate lined Manhole Covers? (1971)
Becalmed in Hell [Known house] (1965)
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The main store turns over staff like a motor, of course, but the crèche normally does a bit better. You have to be qualiﬁed, to work in the crèche, or the ball room. The departures felt like a bad sign. I was conscious of wanting to look after the kids in the store. When I did my walks I felt like they were all around me. I felt like I had to be ready to leap in and save them any moment. Everywhere I looked, I saw children. And they were as happy as ever, running through the fake rooms and jumping on the bunkbeds, sitting at the desks that had been laid out ready.
It blinks dust out of its dead eyes and watches. Its stare burns him. “There’s something for you to eat,” he whispers. “God, please. It’s done, it’s done. Leave me alone. You have something to eat. I’ve paid it back. ” . . FO U N D AT I O N ⎜ 3 1 In the smogged dream he keeps walking and hears the static calls of lost and lonely comrades. The foundation stretches out across ﬂattened dunes. It whispers in its choked voice as it has since that ﬁrst day. He helped build the foundation. A long way away.
It was dim. Half-lights in all the big chambers full of beds never slept in and sinks without plumbing. I could stand still and there was nothing, no movement and no noise. One time, I made arrangements with the other guards on duty, and I brought my girlfriend to the store. We wandered hand in hand through all the pretend rooms like stage sets, trailing torchlight. We played house like children, acting out little moments—her stepping out of the shower to my proffered towel, dividing the paper at the breakfast bar.
All the Myriad Ways by Larry Niven