Larry Niven, one of the most honored and respected science-fiction writers in the world, was born in 1938 in Los Angeles. At age 20, after discovering a book store jammed with used science-fiction magazines, he decided that he wanted to be a writer. Six years later, he had his first professional fiction sale, "The Coldest Place," published in the December, 1964 issue of Worlds of If. Two years after that, he won the first of his five Hugo Awards for the short story "Neutron Star." He has also won a Nebula (for the novel Ringworld) and numerous other awards, including an honorary Doctor of Letters from his alma mater, Washburn University. His current interests include science-fiction conventions, computerized games, comics, and "gatherings of people at the cutting edge of the sciences." He lives in Tarzana, California, with his wife, Marilyn.