An updated version of Niven's Laws is also available.
|1a)||Never throw shit at an armed man.|
|1b)||Never stand next to someone who is throwing shit at an armed man.|
|2)||Never fire a laser at a mirror.|
|3)||Mother Nature doesn't care if you're having fun.|
|4)||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.|
|5)||Psi and/or magical powers, if real, are nearly useless.|
|6)||It is easier to destroy than create.|
|7)||Any damn fool can predict the past.|
|8)||History never repeats itself.|
|9)||Ethics change with technology.|
|10)||Anarchy is the least stable of social structures. It falls apart at a touch.|
|11)||There is a time and place for tact.|
|12)||The ways of being human are bounded but infinite.|
|13)||The world's dullest subjects, in order:|
- a) Somebody else's diet.
- b) How to make money for a worthy cause.
- c) Special Interest Liberation.
|14)||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.|
|15)||Fuzzy Pink Niven's Law: Never waste calories.|
|16)||There is no cause so right that one cannot find a fool following it.|
|17)||No technique works if it isn't used.|
|18)||Not responsible for advice not taken.|
|19)||Old age is not for sissies.|
|1)||Writers who write for other writers should write letters.|
|2)||Never be embarrased or ashamed about anything you choose to write. (Think of this before you send it to a market)|
|3)||Stories to end all stories on a given topic, don't.|
|4)||It is a sin to waste the reader's time.|
|5)||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.|
|6)||Everybody talks first draft.|
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