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Ringworld (A Del Rey book) by Larry Niven

Ringworld (A Del Rey book) (original 1970; edition 1985)

by Larry Niven (Author)

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Title:Ringworld (A Del Rey book)
Authors:Larry Niven (Author)
Info:Del Rey (1985), Edition: later printing, 352 pages
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Ringworld by Larry Niven (1970)

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    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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This one is a 3.5 to a 4.0 for me. I am more drawn to the concepts explored in this book than anything else... probably due how in the past few months I have been reading articles on addiction and the dopamine effect of modern social media and tech... the concept of being enslaved by certain things on a wholly primal level got certain gears in my head turning. Not to mention the concept of being enslaved by "destiny"/"luck" and whether we really have any "free will" at all... the thing is I think in the end we choose what to anchor our "free will" to and saying your "free will" is your own is actually anchoring it to something... (viz. going against anything that will make it seem like your "free will" isn't yours?) Making it so that it seems that Teela Brown in her total ignorance of the big picture may actually be the epitome of having a "free will" (except of course until after we find out that actually... Hahahahhaha). Our wills are actually (how many times can I use the word actually in a paragraph?) only as free as we make it... Not held down by social norms, not limited by the image you want to project to others... etc. etc.

Alllllso another 1 from me because the mainstay I got from this book is coffee and hot showers can make any day a better one. (Especially after a long slog through the dregs of civilization on a world that isn't a planet and is actually another lesson in how making your own enclosed ecosystem should probably be left to a higher being because... fungus. Yes, fungus. Fungus is public enemy No. 1.)

And yes tbh I glossed over the sexism in this book (all the female characters are bimbos-not-bimbos-but-they-are-in-the-end #ohwell) because I read it as a microcosm in itself on/off over a period of 8-months which only really stuck fast to my attention in the past 3 weeks or so. Sometimes I think people are getting far too sensitive (or am I getting far too insensitive). Nevermind.

Ok. That's it. I'm done.

(Except I'm not. Because Louis Wu and his Motley Crew continue onwards in the series... I think... let me check... of four more books? Three maybe (Louis' name isn't mentioned in the blurb for Book 5- unless he is part of this Fleet they keep mentioning? And Ringworld books are part of a much larger "Known Space" universe? Oh be still my TBR-tsundoku-tower-attached heart...)

Anyhow - here is an image of the first edition cover (I hope):

Lately I have been adding people with bookstagram accounts that show vintage sff book covers. Such character in vintage covers! I wish I was nearer to locales which had used book stores that I could trawl through for vintage sff books...
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  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
After years of putting it off I finally read a Niven book. I've got'a say it was a lot more enjoyable then I expected it to be. Is it hard science fiction? Yes some. It is profound and thought provoking? Not really. Are there important messages for mankind? No.

Was it a fun read? Yes, yes it was.

If it annoys you that men and women will be attracted to each other avoid this book (series). If it annoys you that some characters will fall into stereotypes and act like self centered jerks then avoid this book.

(If so, it does beg the question of how you walk down any street and not be annoyed.)

This book is an adventure story, not about inner growth or saving the world. (Well, maybe saving some world.)

I will be reading more Niven from time to time. He makes me laugh. ( )
  ikeman100 | May 7, 2017 |
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 |
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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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