The Magicians Author Lev Grossman Explains Why Larry Niven is So Great

Tomorrow, the bookstore Singularity & Co. will once again host the reading series Lust for Genre. Curated and hosted by Ryan Britt, this series has been in existence since 2012. Its mission is to feature authors and performers reading from works of genre fiction which have influenced them in some way. Friday’s line-up includes Nelly Reifler, Emily Asher-Perrin, and Keith R.A. Decandido.

Below is a sample of what the series is like. Here, Lev Grossman (The Magicians trilogy) talks about why Larry Niven is not only great, but what wonderful ideas he stole outright from the author. It was a dark and stormy night at the time of this reading, so all that rain and thunder is totally not a special effect.

Hit up the reading series tomorrow in Brooklyn!

But, if you can’t be there, a full podcast and more videos are coming from Singularity & Co. For now, you can check out a trailer for the series here. (Warning: the volume is a little loud.)

Lust for Genre is produced by Cici James.

Video credits: Michael K. Anderson for Leopard Suit Productions.

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