The Ringworld Engineers (Ringworld #2)
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As the MIT students sang back in 1971:
Oh, the Ringworld is unstablePeople who want the details should check out Non-Linear Dynamics of Ringworld Systems, by Colin McInnes (http://testservice-eprints.gla.ac.uk/...). It's
the Ringworld is unstable
did the best that they were able
and it's good enough for me!
fascinating. If you like that kind of thing.
2. The Puppeteer Shock Doctrine
See, they engineered this disaster so that the Friedmanite Puppeteer government could for ...more
As an example of what I like about Niven is the scene where the puppeteer looks into his own ey ...more
Niven is now free to present major obstacles in the Ringworld, and he does so within a typical, though exciting, plot. The stakes are high, no less than the fate of the Ringworld itself and its trillions of inhabitants. We get up close and personal with many of those inhabitants, to ...more
Li este livro baseado na promessa (explícita no título claramente enganoso) de que, finalmente, o autor desvendaria (de verdade... algo que justificasse a leitura de recheio de chouriços) o mistério acerca dos construtores do "Ringworld", e a razão (convincente) para a existência de tamanho artefacto. Não. E não. Eu devia ter aprendido com o primeiro livro.
Bem, com se costuma dizer: à primeira, quem quer cai. À segunda, s ...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
Again, I think that other books have d ...more
Take the origins of humanity (and the creators of Ringworld) - what would be a huge, fascinating reveal in any well-written tome - it's a huge flop here, an afterthought. AND I get ho ...more
There's especially one ancient alien race that is i ...more
Ringworld Engineers takes on the challenge of answering questions about Ringworld. Ringworld Engineers is well thought out, intricate, hard science at it's bes ...more
I was espec ...more
Engineers takes that step, but it is a wonderfully unexpected continuation of the gigantic mystery that is the Ringworld. It really took this 2nd book for me to grasp ...more
Two things that bother me:
1)The "Adventurous Single-Male gets to fuck all the hot (and conveniently anthropomorphic) chicks in a world that has SO MANY CHICKS IT'S CRAZY," theme gets a little old.
(view spoiler)[2)The weird and unsatisfying way he re-integrates the human race in the role of the protectors and the Pak. It's kind of boring and (narcissistic? gross?) to learn that the weird universe overlords are somehow us. It ...more
There was a lot of info-dumping about how Ringworld functions. Honestly, a lot of it went over my head, I couldn't really make sense of what would really hold true and what was still fantastical. I still want to know HOW they built it, not just how it was kept together.
The constant hypotheses often jarred with the story. The characters must be so ...more
However, it's also a bit of a mess, rambling its way through assorted unnecessary digressions, so the plot feels lumpy and inelegant. The ending is hurried and unhappy: the main protagonists survive, but completely fail in their initial objective, and achieve their second objective only at considerable cost.
The book has its moments, but whenever I reread it I ...more