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Smoke Ring by Larry Niven
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Smoke Ring (1987)

by Larry Niven

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Series: Smoke Ring (2), The State [Niven] (3)

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scifi
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Sequel to The Integral Trees
  drbrendan | Jul 4, 2016 |
I feel like there is still room for another in the series. ( )
  AmbitiousLemon | Dec 16, 2014 |
Having read the first book in this short series (The Integral Trees) and another of his works (Ringworld), I have to say that his ideas are brilliant and imaginative. That being said, the plot and his writing is a bit bland. But the concepts behind the writing was enough to capture my imagination and look beyond the somewhat tepid character arcs. ( )
  keithkv | Jul 10, 2013 |
East takes you Out, Out takes you West, West takes you In, In takes you East. Port and Starboard bring you back.

Fourteen years after the events of "The Integral Trees" and the founding of the small community of Citizens Tree, Kendy, the A.I. on the on the spaceship Discipline decides that it is time to make a move and stats trying to influence the future of the small communities of humans scattered about the Smoke Ring. Kendy can't remember his crew leaving the ship 500 earth years ago because he has inexplicably wiped that part of his memory, but he assumes that they mutinied against him. However the records left by the crew in their early years in the Smoke Ring seem to suggest otherwise.

The pacing of the story doesn't really work for me. I thought it dragged in the middle, then finished in a rush, I was a bit bored by the interminable descriptions of Admiralty and logger technology and the final revelation of how the Discpline's crew came to live in the Smoke Ring came as a bit of an anticlimax, so overall I didn't enjoy it quite as much as "The Integral Trees". As for East takes you out, even after reading the explanations while studying the maps and diagrams at the beginning of the book, I still haven't got my head round the way directions work in the Smoke Ring, but that's probably down to me rather than the author, as I have always had really bad spatial awareness. ( )
  isabelx | Sep 11, 2012 |
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Een aardse expeditie is eeuwen geleden gestrand in een vreemdsoortig zonnestelsel. Rond een neutronenster bevindt zich een gastorus; het binnenste deel daarvan, de 'Rookkring', heeft een aardse atmosfeer. Daar zweven de 'integraalbomen': enorme bomen van tientallen kilometers lengte in de vorm van het integraalteken uit de wiskunde met aan beide uiteinden een kruin, waarin de nakomelingen van de kolonisten wonen. Het eerste deel, De integraalbomen (a.i. 86-05-145-8) beschrijft hoe de bewoners van een boom zich in veiligheid brengen als hun boom sterft. In dit - niet zelfstandig leesbare - vervolg wordt verteld hoe ze in contact komen met een veel verder gevorderde beschaving in de Rookkring. Fascinerende wetenschappelijk-technologische science fiction. Een derde deel is in de VS aangekondigd.

(NBD|Biblion recensie, J.A. Dautzenberg.)
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Larry Nivenprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dudar, JanetCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elson, PeteCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shapiro, ShellyMapssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Villain, MichaelAuthor photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It is reassuring to know that the human race is still capable of producing big, roomy minds. This book is dedicated to Dan Alderson.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345302575, Mass Market Paperback)

In the free-fall environment of the Smoke Ring, the descendants of the crew of the Discipline no longer remembered their Earth roots -- or the existence of Sharls Davis Kendy, the computer-program despot of the ship. Until Kendy initiated contact once more.

Fourteen years later, only Jeffer, the Citizens Tree Scientist, knew that Kendy was still watching -- and waiting. Then the Citizens Tree people rescued a family of loggers and learned for the first time of the Admiralty, a large society living in free fall amid the floating debris called the Clump. And it was likely that the Admiralty had maintained, intact, Discipline's original computer library.

Exploration was a temptation neither Jeffer nor Kendy could resist, and neither Citizens Tree nor Sharls Davis Kendy would ever be the same again...

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:05:38 -0400)

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In the free-fall environment of the Smoke Ring, descendants of the crew of the Discipline no longer remember their Earth roots or the existence of Sharls Davis Kendy, the computer-program despot of the ship-until Kendy initiates contact once more.Fourteen years later, only Jeffer, the Citizens Tree Scientist, knows that Kendy is still watching and waiting. Then, when the Citizens Tree people rescue a family of loggers, they learn for the first time of the Admiralty, a large society living in free fall amid the floating debris called the Clump. It is likely that the Admiralty has maintained, intact, Discipline's original computer library. Exploration is a temptation neither Jeffer nor Kendy can resist, and neither Citizens Tree nor Sharls Davis Kendy will ever be the same again.… (more)

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