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Ringworld by Larry Niven

Ringworld (original 1970; edition 1981)

by Larry Niven

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Authors:Larry Niven
Info:Del Rey (1981), Mass Market Paperback
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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?
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    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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    Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement (Michael.Rimmer)
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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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quick read. interesting. ( )
  jodiesohl | Jun 25, 2016 |
The story is set in the future, 2850 CE, and opens with Louis Gridley Wu is celebrating his 200th birthday. He is bored. He meets up with Nessus, a Pierson's Puppeteer who offers him a position on a exploration trip beyond known space. The other crew members are Speaker-to-Animals (Speaker), who is a Kzin, and Teela Brown, a young human woman. the expedition's goal is to explore a ringworld: an artificial ring about one million miles (1.6 gigameters) wide and approximately the diameter of Earth's orbit (which makes it about 600 million miles (1,000 gigameters) in circumference), encircling a sunlike star. This was a very enjoyable read. I listened to the audio version read by Tom Parker. This was a great adventure story. Ringworld won the Nebula Award in 1970, the Hugo Award and Locus Award in 1971. ( )
  Kristelh | Apr 30, 2016 |
Good reading, lot of humour, playing with the reader! ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
Decent science fiction. Probably outstanding in its day, less so now. I reviewed it at http://alien-space-fiction.suite101.com/article.cfm/ringworld_by_larry_niven ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
The description of Ringworld takes some getting used to -- the scale of the ring and the interior is so immense that it's sometimes difficult to imagine. The story was interesting and well-done as I have found to be the case with Larry Niven's books. I have the next 2 books in the Ringworld series as well as the first in the Man-Kzin Wars that I'll read after the challenge. ( )
  bhabeck | Mar 6, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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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