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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (945 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Niven Narrator: Tom Weine Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When a tremendous spacecraft took orbit around Earth’s moon and began sending smaller landers down toward the North Pole, the newly arrived visitors quickly set up a permanent spaceport in Siberia. Their presence attracted many, and a few grew conspicuously rich from secrets they learned from talking to the aliens. One of these men, Rick Schumann, established a tavern catering to all the various species of visiting aliens, a place he named the Draco Tavern.

From the mind of bestselling author Larry Niven come twenty-seven tales and vignettes from this interplanetary gathering place, collected for the first time in one volume. 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.

The stories include “The Subject Is Closed,” in which a priest visits the tavern and goes one-on-one with a chirpsithra alien on the subject of God and life after death; “Table Mannners: A Folk Tale,” in which Rick Schumann is invited to hunt with five folk aliens, but he’s not quite sure what their hunt entails—or if he will be the hunted; “Losing Mars,” a previously unpublished tale in which a group of aliens who call Mars and its moon home arrive at the tavern only to find that humans have mostly forgotten about their neighboring planet; and many more.

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  • “[Niven] showcases his ability to use SF to explore mind-boggling, universal questions…taken altogether, [the stories] radiate Niven’s wit and technological inventiveness.”



  • “The stories are full of the unique perspectives of these travelers and their accounts of their home planets. Rick Schumann is characterized as the classic bartender by narrator Tom Weiner. He is inventive in his characterizations of the visitors who engage Schumann over the bar. Weiner gives the same attention to short pieces that he does to full stories and provides continuity without being overbearing.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeremy | 2/13/2014

    " Transcends "Sci-Fi". If you are a fan of short stories and the art of pulling that genre off then read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by José Paulo | 2/10/2014

    " It felt like a very long time that I have waited for the collected Draco Tavern tales. I love this volume, SF at its best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donald | 1/24/2014

    " This was more like a collection of short stories of stuff that could happen at an interspecies bar in an extremely remote location on Earth. It included otherworldly ways of getting a buzz, interspecies translator devices, and various ways of providing the proper atmosphere. I barely hung on for the ride, and I'm still having a hard time with Terminator Beavers.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by S.R. Dantzler | 1/17/2014

    " This is a great read for writers interested in interactions between humans and xenos. Draco tavern is a multi species establishment in Siberia, near the intergalactic space station. The human proprietor takes on an antropologic role in catering to the many different species that come to his tavern. His views and stories are a fantastic source of inspiration as well as offer an open minded view of Aliens. "

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