Coldest Place, The (#1)

1964-12Known Space [all] Short StoryWorlds of If, Dec 1964
K.S. 01 (1985)

Hitting the Skids in Pixeltown, ed. Orson Scott Card, Keith Olexa & Christian O'Toole, Phobos Books 2003;
Tales of Known Space
Three Books of Known Space
Eric the Cyborg & Howie Niven's first published story saw print right around the same time that scientists determined with radar pulses that Mercury doesn't keep one face to the sun after all.

First appeared in Worlds of If, December 1964. Larry's first-ever published story. On the dark side of a non-rotating Mercury, explorers Eric and Howie collect unexpected samples of life. This story was rendered obsolete before it was even published due to advanced probes of the planet. Larry wrote a sequel, "Becalmed in Hell," with the same two characters.