- 1a. Never throw shit at an armed man.
- 1b. Never stand next to someone who is throwing shit at an armed man.
- Never fire a laser at a mirror.
- Mother Nature doesn't care if you're having fun.
- F x S = k. The product of Freedom and Security is a constant. To gain more freedom of thought and/or action, you
must give up some security, and vice versa.
- Psi and/or magical powers, if real, are nearly useless.
- It is easier to destroy than create.
- Any damn fool can predict the past.
- History never repeats itself.
- Ethics change with technology.
- Anarchy is the least stable of social structures. It falls apart at a touch.
- There is a time and place for tact.
- The ways of being human are bounded but infinite.
- The world's dullest subjects, in order:
- Somebody else's diet.
- How to make money for a worthy cause.
- Special Interest Liberation.
- The only universal message in science fiction: There exist minds that think as well as you do, but differently.
Niven's corollary: The gene-tampered turkey you're talking to isn't necessarily one of them.
- Fuzzy Pink Niven's Law: Never waste calories.
- There is no cause so right that one cannot find a fool following it.
- No technique works if it isn't used.
- Not responsible for advice not taken.
- Old age is not for sissies.
Niven's Laws For Writers
- Writers who write for other writers should write letters.
- Never be embarrased or ashamed about anything you choose to write. (Think of this before you send it to a market)
- Stories to end all stories on a given topic, don't.
- It is a sin to waste the reader's time.
- If you've nothing to say, say it any way you like. Stylistic innovations, contorted story lines or none, exoticor genderless pronouns, internal inconsistencies, te recipe for preparing your lover as a cannibal banquet: feel
free. If what you have to say is important and/or difficult to follow, use the simplest language possible. If the reader doesn't get it then, let it not be your fault.
- Everybody talks first draft.