Larry Niven is one of the most acclaimed science fiction authors of the 20th and early 21st centuries. He comes from a family made wealthy by the Teapot Dome scandal that would've probably brought down the Harding Administration, had President Harding not died in office. Yet he had no ambitions towards high office himself, preferring instead to obtain a BA in mathematics from Washburn University in Kansas and to attempt some graduate work in the same field at UCLA.
Shortly after leaving UCLA in 1962, he published the 1964 story, "The Coldest Place", set on the dark side of Mercury, and has been writing ever since.
While primarily a short story and novel author, he has made the occasional foray into comic work, though a lot of it has been conceptual. Behind the scenes at DC, he was the author of the "bible" for at least one of the versions of the Green Lantern.
Date of Birth:
30th April 1938
Los Angeles, California