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Big Smart Objects

Written by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven Gregory Benford’s take: In science fiction, a Big Dumb Object is any immense mysterious object that generates an intense sense of wonder just by being there. They don’t have to be inert constructs, and perhaps the dumb aspect also expresses the sensation of being struck dumb by the…

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Sweepstakes: 25 Science Fiction Books from Tor

Sign up for the Tor/Forge Newsletter for a chance to win this prize pack of 25 science fiction novels from Tor Books! Every issue of Tor’s monthly email newsletter features original writing by, and interviews with, Tor authors and editors about upcoming new titles from all Tor and Forge imprints. In addition, we occasionally send…

Worlds Colliding? That’s Nothing

Edward M. Lerner discusses Betrayer of Worlds, his newest collaboration with Larry Niven, released on the fortieth anniversary of Niven’s classic Ringworld. My first exposure to a Really Big Idea was an ancient and tattered—nay, disintegrating—copy of When Worlds Collide, by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer, encountered in my school library. Merely the title blew…