Larry Niven's Altair

Jason Scott jason at
Fri Jul 24 22:32:37 CDT 2015

Already removed.

On Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 10:14 PM, <dave at> wrote:

> An Altair 8800 that once belonged to Larry Niven is up for auction.
> Larry Niven has long been a member of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy
> Society ( This group has existed since 1934 and was the
> starting point for many science fiction and fantasy authors. Larry Niven is
> one of them. This computer was purchased by him, but mainly used by his
> wife. In time, she got a newer computer and this one was made the club
> computer. It served in that capacity for many years until it too was
> replaced and was taken in by another club member who didn't want to see it
> parted out or thrown away. Fast-forward to 2008. I was contacted by that
> other club member to liquidate his collection. We went to Larry Niven's
> house whereupon he autographed this computer on the lid and the rear.
> I don't know if the drive unit was used by the Nivens with this computer,
> but it matches and is from the same collection.
> I also don't know where the client went.  I haven't heard from him in
> years.
> You can see pictures in high resolution at
> The auction is here (will be live July 25 at 3pm pacific)
> --
> David Griffith
> dave at
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