Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld (Known Space)
Something must justify the blood and treasure that have been spent. If the fallen civilization of ...more
Personally, I was bored a bit ...more
(2013 was turning into a stale year for SF. That summer, I really needed the solace of good, hard SF to escape, if just fleetingly, some harsh realities, same reality having given me long days and nights to read and listen. So, without really making a decision to do so but compelled by circumstances, I started a re-read of the Ringworld series. The publication history of the series was such that one book came out every ten years, on average. And so each book read provided a reflection of a deca...more
Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld (reportedly) wraps up Niven's classic Ringworld series and Niven and Lerner's Fleet of Worlds series, which functioned as a sort of sister series to the Ringworld series. The Fleet of Worlds books never ...more
Another ambitious and excellent galaxy-spanning novel from Niven and Lerner – the conclusion to the award-winning “Ringworld” and “Fleet of Worlds” sagas.
About: Ringworld, the most stunning and mystifying discovery in known space, has suddenly and inexplicably vanished, leaving three competing war fleets battling over supremacy of – nothing! Most troubled by the disappearance are the Puppeteers, whose densely populated fleet of planets is speed ...more
It's a story of large reach, as it needs to be to more-or-less wrap up two long threads. It required some shortcuts, but I'm prepared to allow that so the story can be made to work.
I was intrigued by the comment that Niven has three species that lack sentient females. This is offset a tad by having reasonably strong human females and what I suppose you'd call a same-sex Puppeteer couple. ...more
All the way back to the first conception of the Protectors, in The Adults, later the novel Protector, the themes of Known Space have been about intelligence. Niven's writings predate the modern science fiction conceits of artificial intelligence, but the Worlds series can be read as a c ...more
What I love about Niven is that although the stories involve big ideas (moving a fleet of planets as comfortable travel, creating a world with the mass of Jupiter as a ...more
Let us make use of a double standard here. Rate this work against Niven's other work, or even Niven & Lerner's, and this book earns a solid 4 out ...more
Though this book doesn't entirely leave you feeling satiated, it quells enough of the worries I had when I realized the series was due to end. It ties most of the storylines up well, but a few were left hanging -- enough where I wouldn't be surprised if Larry Niven ...more
You don't need to read the whole series, but the flashbacks in this one are insufficient to allow for full appreciation of Niven's complex universe. In the past, I've found Niven to be a slow but interesting read both in terms of the science (he writes currently accurate science into the scifi) and the subtleties of the several plots that are often not realized until you read a passage several times. Lerner is an excellent co-author as he grounds the story so it's readab ...more
I read Ringworld in the early 1970’s and frankly I know I liked it as I ranked it as an E for excellent in my book database but beside the basic premise, I don’t remember a great deal. This book would have served me better 20 years ago. As is it gathers together the characters from several books and a couple of series and attempts tie them together under the label of the Known Earth Series.
Frankly I’m not sure this was a wrap up and not a precur ...more
about that moronic bullet point plot progre ...more
Fate of Worlds promised to conclude the four decade-long series. However, I wouldn't be surprised to see these characters and more about the Ringworld again. Fate of Worlds actually does more to bring together many concepts and characters from oth ...more
The Fate of Worlds focuses on what happens after the Ringworld disappears. Resources beyond measure have been spent by countless species to gather knowledge and riches from the Ringworld. After it is gone, the various species want to find ways to replenish their expenses. The migration of the f ...more
First off let me state that I am a big Larry Niven fan - I've read all the Ringworld series and all the Fleet of Worlds series, and almost all his Known Space work, and enjoyed them all (obviously, otherwise I wouldn't have kept reading them).
When I started reading the Fleet of Worlds series I was grateful that I had only recently reread the Crashlander collection of Beowulf Shaefer stories (and I recommend anyone p ...more
I'm glad the series is over. Ringworld is a brilliant physical concept, but these are novels, and novels require a coherent plot.
This book doesn't stand on it's own. I read the earlier books in the series and still felt a bit l ...more
The content of the book is pretty standard Fleet of Worlds fare. Pretty good, but I feel like O'ltro and Proteus and underused or misused, and I didn't find the endin ...more
But that didn't make it a bad read. It concluded both story lines, wrapped up various threads, yet opened a few new ones leaving the possibility of more stories open in the future. Not in a cliff-hanger sense, or an unfinished story sense, but like in ...more