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Ringworld (original 1970; edition 1981)

by Larry Niven

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Title:Ringworld
Authors:Larry Niven
Info:Del Rey (1981), Mass Market Paperback
Collections:Read and Released
Rating:****
Tags:science fiction

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Ringworld by Larry Niven (1970)

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    codeeater: Another story about a mysterious alien artefact.
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    The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (fugitive)
    fugitive: Another hard science fiction book about a fully realized world with lots of technical details.
  3. 40
    Eon by Greg Bear (santhony)
    santhony: If you enjoy the science fiction genre featuring huge, interstellar habitats, this fits the bill.
  4. 30
    Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany (LamontCranston)
    LamontCranston: Space Opera, updated. Strange mystery, assemble a crew of lively characters, go explore it. Sound familiar?
  5. 20
    Sundiver by David Brin (LamontCranston)
    LamontCranston: Space Opera, updated. Strange mystery, assemble a crew of lively characters, go explore it. Sound familiar?
  6. 31
    Foundation by Isaac Asimov (nar_)
    nar_: Space travelling and interminable, huge lands and space... so huge !
  7. 20
    Titan by John Varley (lquilter)
    lquilter: If you liked the gee-whizziness and adventure / exploration of RINGWORLD, but couldn't stomach the sexism, try Varley's TITAN (and sequels in the trilogy, WIZARD and DEMON) -- all the fun but only a fraction of the annoying ideology.
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    The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks (LamontCranston)
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    A World Too Near by Kay Kenyon (mentatjack)
    mentatjack: One of the blurbs on the cover of A World Too Near compares The Entire and the Rose favorably to The Ringworld series by Larry Niven.
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Ringworld by Larry Niven


First thoughts:

Having not read the book in a number of years and after having read a minority if unfair opinion that Teela Brown was written as a mere sex partner to Louis Wu and meant little to the story, not only was this a lie, but it was clear evidence that the accuser never read the book! Nothing could be further than the truth than this crazy theory!

Story & Plot:

If anything, Teela Brown is a central character. Through manipulation of the birth lotteries by the Puppeteers (an alien race that has a language that sounds like a piano crashing into a street!) altered the lotteries to create lucky people. And Teela is the luckiest of all! And the trio of travelers nearly dies because of it!

A Kzin (a tiger-like race that once warred with Humanity – see Niven’s novel, Man-Kzin Wars for more info), Teela Brown, the puppeteer Nessus (an avowed insane puppeteer and coward) and Louis Wu, a man who just turned 200 and has run out of things to do. Until now.

The Ringworld, a giant ring around a far star, has mountains, lakes and sophisticated technology that has for some reason been abandoned by its makers. The Puppeteers are moving their worlds from the Milky Way and want this group to check it out. It may pose a danger. The Puppeteer Worlds are moving due to a radiation wave from the center of the galaxy and will wipe out all life in its path within the next 100,000. They don’t want to take chances.

But nevermind all that, the story really centers around Louis and his survival with these others as they crash land on the Ringworld and try to survive in a land that has long forgotten its heritage, reduced to savagery and they have to figure a way back out to space and their spaceship, a light-year long ship that can eat huge distances in a matter of seconds. If they do survive, the Puppeteers will reveal the tech of this ship. If not, oh well.

What does this have to do with Teela Brown? What kind of luck is it that causes them to crash to the surface? How powerful is this?

So no, it’s not about Teela being a sexual conduit for Louis. Not one bit. Nada. She loves Louis, she’s highly intelligent and is extremely naïve. And the unsuspecting reader finds that her luck is a power that may just wipe them all out! Except for Teela of course.

Final Thoughts: Well thought out novel, but reading other Niven novels of his Known World series will clarify the characters and their motives. Ringworld Engineers is next.
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  James_Mourgos | Dec 22, 2016 |
I have read this, but we didn't keep it. Some interesting scenes. I like some of Niven's other books a lot better. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
immoral, evolutionistic, humanistic ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I wasn't that impressed by either the plot's movement or in the protagonist himself. I enjoyed some of the alien creatures, but given that it's been nearly 50 years since this book has come into print, many of them, like the eponymous 'ringworld' have become tropes. ( )
  ZambeziJql | Dec 9, 2016 |
One of those classics that's interesting to read, but I probably won't re-read. ( )
  oswallt | Nov 25, 2016 |
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Niven, Larryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cullen, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davis, DonCover printingsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giancola, DonatoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, Steven VincentCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parker, TomNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sternbach,RickCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Youll, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the night-time heart of Beirut, in one of a row of general-address transfer booths, Louis Wu flicked into reality.
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A new place is being built, a world of huge dimensions, encompassing millions of miles, stronger than any planet before it. There is gravity, and with high walls and its proximity to the sun, a livable new planet that is three million times the area of the Earth can be formed. We can start again!

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Two humans and two aliens, who are traveling to distant reaches of space to prevent a future catastrophe, crash on a ringworld apparently created by superior technologies.

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