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Publisher's Summary

When a tremendous spacecraft takes orbit around Earth's moon and begins sending smaller landers down toward the North Pole, the newly arrived visitors quickly set up a permanent spaceport in Siberia. Their presence attracts many, and a few grow conspicuously rich from secrets they learn from talking to the aliens. One of these men, Rick Schumann, establishes a tavern catering to all the various species of visiting aliens, a place he calls the Draco Tavern.

From the mind of best-selling author Larry Niven come 27 tales and vignettes from this interstellar gathering place, in collected form for the first time. Join Rick and his staff as they chronicle the seemingly infinite alien species that spend a few moments pondering life and all its questions within the Draco Tavern.

Hi-fi sci-fi: don't miss any of our Larry Niven titles.
©2006 Larry Niven (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[The tales read] like brilliant, half-whimsical notebook jottings." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Niven...showcases his ability to use SF to explore mind-boggling, universal questions....[The stories], taken altogether, radiate Niven's wit and technological inventiveness." ( Booklist)

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A Great Listen

This is really just a lot of fun to listen to.
I have read everything that Larry Niven has written. Most things more than once. I was hooked on his short stories over three decades ago when I read "Neutron Star". His humor and his insight into the human race and his ability to ask the "What if?" question and then take that ball and run with it is always paramount.
In this collection (which contains a couple of stories not in earlier collections) he answers "What if a human had the only alien species friendly bar on earth?"
Each time I read or listen to these stories I am refreshed and I find something new to think about and I have a chuckle or two.
I think you will too!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Pleasant Surprise

While I enjoy reading science fiction, I don't usually enjoy it as much in audio format. However, this book inspired me to give science fiction another chance. I like the short story format for this type of story and it kept me interested on several long trips. While it wasn't the deepest or most profound book ever written, it had an interesting main character and a creative look at a possible future neighborhood bar.

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  • Bruce
  • Knoxville, MD, United States
  • 11-26-07

Short and Sweet - Concise?

Larry Niven is always amazing. "I write short stories because they help me to stay concise," is something I heard him say recently. He proves that to be true in "Draco Tavern." These "vignettes" are very entertaining, and linked together, they form a cohesive novel that was a great deal of fun to listen to. There is even a short bit about a World Sci-Fi Con Masquerade that I am glad to have read, even though it wandered away from the collection's premise just a little bit.

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Made my long drives a lot of fun.

Too bad this is so short. What a great bit of fantasy cast in a believable everyday narrative. This is definitely in the "light" category, but it will make you laugh and forget about all the idiots in the news or on the road near you.

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Hey it's Larry Niven what can you say?

Hey it's Larry Niven what can you say? The guy is good, really good. This was fun all the way through. I really didn't think it would be my cup of tea, being a collection of short stories, but Niven as usual did not disappoint.

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great read

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AAA state playoffs and I have to get a new key to you and the family who lost a great guy. I have to get a new key to

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interesting weave of shorts combine

loved it. the shorts combine to form a great picture of interactions in the future.

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Excellent

These are some of my favorite stories I've heard in the last few years and continue to return to them again and again.

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  • E.J.
  • San Jose, CA, United States
  • 02-04-12

My Favorite Audio Book

Where does The Draco Tavern rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favorite. I love it. I listen to it whenever I am stuck in traffic without a new audio to hear. My six-year-old son and I enjoy discussing it.Had to skip the Smut Talk story with him.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The bartender, Rich Schuman. His dry humor and quick wit are most enjoyable.

Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. He is perfect for Rick Schuman and did other characters very well.

Who was the most memorable character of The Draco Tavern and why?

Besides Rick Schuman, the most memorable characters were the aliens called the Chirpsithra. Fascinating, funny, mysterious and scary all at once.

Any additional comments?

I wish Niven would write some more of these short stories (vignettes, really). I am hooked.

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  • Michael
  • DAYTON, OH, United States
  • 05-21-11

Great Science Fiction

Boy, I'll tell you, I love this guy, what a writer, Brilliant! I really enjoy hearing something defferent, than most the other Science fiction stories, say, that of the, Save the world, or Save the galaxy, etc. stuff, which I also enjoy highly, but for me these more urban, maybe, slightly humorous, but wonderous, and exciting stories of life at the pub, is just as exciting! Hearing an alien tell a story about his home world, or the central character, talk about the alien's, their orgin's, is facinating, and wonderful! The narator is great too! I like Stefan Rudiki, but this guy is just as good!