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The Ringworld Engineers (Ringworld #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  19,216 ratings  ·  315 reviews
"This rousing sequel to the classic Ringworld continues the adventures of Louis Wu and Speaker-to-Animals on that fantastic planet."--School Library Journal An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 12th 1985 by Del Rey (first published November 1st 1979)
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1. Some Non-Trivial Calculus

As the MIT students sang back in 1971:
Oh, the Ringworld is unstable
the Ringworld is unstable
did the best that they were able
and it's good enough for me!
People who want the details should check out Non-Linear Dynamics of Ringworld Systems, by Colin McInnes ( It's
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
Ben Babcock
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Like its predecessor, Ringworld, I really liked the overall ideas of this book: a massive, artificial, circular world that needs saving, varied hominid species filling all ecological niches, non-humanoid alien species that act in a truly alien manner, and a hodgepodge group of heroes. However, the main character, Louis Wu, is portrayed as God's gift to any female hominid; if it's anatomically possible for him to sleep with someone, he does, basically. The Ringworld revolves around sex between sp ...more
The sequel to Ringworld, this has a better story. The characters go on an adventure in which they explore, experience and come into conflict with a lot more people. Niven is incredibly original, designing entire cultures, civilizations, and unique creatures behind the history of Ringworld. This book explains a lot of the mysteries found in the first book, and introduces more. Niven fixes some engineering and ecological gaps that were left in the original, and expands greatly on the plot found in ...more
This book is an excellent squeal in that it answers almost every question that came to mind after people were done reading the first one. This book is about a voyage back to Ringworld, it gives much more detailed information on the Ringworld, and tells what happens to some old characters like Teela as well. If you were lucky enough to experience the first one, then you must experience the second.
As the series progresses, I continue to enjoy Niven's clear style of writing. He makes the hard science interesting. We learn more about the Ringworld and get a little deeper into the character Louis Wu. While I recommend this as an enjoyable read, I couldn't give it more than 3 stars because of the predictable plot. But there are enough surprises and revelations to entertain the Ringworld / Niven fan.

As an example of what I like about Niven is the scene where the puppeteer looks into his own ey
Malcolm Little
And so we return to Ringworld, with Louis Wu and Speaker-to-Animals, who have both undergone character development in the interim. We get a new Pearson’s puppeteer, though I much prefer Nessus, who had some dynamism.

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
Manuel Alves
Este autor está banido das minhas opções de leitura, até ao fim dos tempos.

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

(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

Strangely, I found this book better than the original Ringworld. The story is more compelling (you begin to care about what happens to the characters by the end) and the aliens seem a bit more fleshed out, though we do see less of the puppeteer dynamic. My biggest complaint is that the falling action at the end feels very forced, as if the publisher was begging him to write a book, not a brick. It felt like there was more to tell, and we only got four pages.

Again, I think that other books have d
I don't know what happened in this book. I mean. The first book was decent. Not great, but not terrible. Most things followed from other things and you know, it was OK. This one was all over the place. There were lots of good ideas but most of them were just set out without any kind of proper foreshadowing or setup.

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
Tom Hudson
Far more interesting than the first installment of the series. So far, Ringworld and Ringworld Engineers are the only books I've read set in Niven's "Known Space" universe. The first book may have taken certain things for granted that weren't sketched out fully enough for me to appreciate the nuances of characters, places, events, whereas I felt this book did a better job of introducing ideas from the background shared by the Known Space books.

There's especially one ancient alien race that is i
Ali Pasha
Larry Niven is amazing! In Ringworld, he dares to think bigger than just creating a universe -- he creates sentient beings powerful enough to create a solar systems and he builds solar systems unlike any other. In the process, he also creates a mystery that keeps you looking for answers that he never provides.... until Ringworld Engineers.

Ringworld Engineers takes on the challenge of answering questions about Ringworld. Ringworld Engineers is well thought out, intricate, hard science at it's bes
Una bastante buena continuación del terriblemente original Mundo Anillo, un gigantesca construcción circular que gira alrededor de un sol y, en su superficie, aloja una superficie equivalente a miles de planetas enteros, con una enorme diversidad de vida. El pequeño problema, como se ve en esta secuela, es que el Mundo Anillo es inestable. A diferencia de un planeta, que está en orbita alrededor de su sol, el Mundo Anillo gira sobre un plano para mantener su forma pero puede facilmente derivar e ...more
Chris Friend
Overall, not as impressive as I had hoped. It tended toward the pedantic, with a "Been there; done that" sort of feel through many spots. Sure, there was interesting material presented in many chapters and interesting problems to solve on occasion, but the novel was way too episodic: Go somewhere new, discover some problem, then have a sudden and fortuitous event, condition, or insight occur to magically fix everything, allowing the character to leave; end the chapter. It became dull.

I was espec
Cole Schoolland
This is a bit of a game-changer. It really makes me respect an author when I excitedly pick up a sequel anxious to catch up on the characters I have grown attached to, but then only to discover the author had very different plans than I did for them. Almost like a triumphal 'fuck you and your preconceived notions'. Well Played sir.

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
I want to say there was far more that was explained in this book than in Ringworld, but it sort of ended up resembling Lost where every answer just spawned more questions... like trying to cut off a hydra's head. Some parts left me going "Wait, what just happened?" because the characters had obviously just connected some dots that I wasn't tracking with. And yet I enjoyed the whole ride, confusing plot points and near retcons and all. It was a fun adventure to read and trying to analyze too much ...more
It was alright. I like the world and exploring the races. There was too much rishathra emphasis.
I liked this book a lot but it's not a four-star novel like Ringworld.

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.

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The first novel in the series was better... of course. But the Ringworld books are unrecognized classics that all real sci-fi fans should dip into now and again. There are some pretty interesting plot twists, and some fun hard-science stuff that would be great to argue about with a bunch of nerd buddies. The characters are endearing. That said, it can be random at times, not following a very distinct path from beginning to end, and the writing has both high and low moments.
I was surprised I liked The Ringworld Engineers as much as I did. The pacing is the same as Ringworld, and it felt like a consistent, believable sequel.

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
Kenzie Lamar
I'm not that into the Ringworld series but I keep reading them. I would say that this series is kind of like Star Trek and Farscape combined. It for the most part is a very serious toned series. The original book is quite dated but as the series goes on they get more and more current. There is a heavy focus on sex and sexual interactions among hominids(aliens related to humans). Apparently everyone in this universe of sex crazed aliens are heterosexual. With so much sex going on I would expect t ...more
Although only 35 years old, in some ways it shows its age more than many 50-year-old science fiction novels. The author invents a device, the custom of sealing an agreement with ritual sex, whose sole purpose seems to be to add numerous mentions of couples having sex. So 1970’s. Fortunately, but oddly, these scenes are perfunctorily described in less detail than even Ayn Rand’s sex scenes. I’m not saying I want graphic sex in my science fiction -- far from it, in fact -- but why bother to have t ...more
Likely more than any other, this series is one of my favorites in science fiction, if only because it takes a truly amazing concept--a ring-shaped world with 3 million times the surface area of Earth--and applies logic, reason, and physics to build and develop this world and its inhabitants. Additionally, this same realistic approach to a decidedly unrealistic premise informs and drives the plot. Rules were established in Ringworld, and are carried over and expanded upon here, and the story is n ...more
I don't know how, but Larry Niven manages to come off as a semi-creepy old man, and a futurist at the same time. Still, if you write a sequel because you were heckled by engineering students, you have my respect. A good read.
Męcząca książka, kolejne sceny niczym w sztuce teatralnej - bohaterowie wchodzą, wygłaszają co mają do wygłoszenia, czasem strzalają, czasem uprawiają seks, kurtyna opada, kolejna scena. Do tego są geniuszami, którzy z nikłych przesłanek wyciągają stuprocentowo trafne wnioski. Potrafią też dogadać się z obcymi, mniej lub bardziej inteligentnymi homonidami, używając wymyślonych przez siebie określeń na coś czego nawet nie widzieli a obcy świetnie te określenia rozumieją. Literacka masakra. W poło ...more
Loaded as an audiobook on my iPhone. This'll be my next audiobook, starting on tomorrow morning's commute.
Jonathan Palfrey
This is an adequate sequel to Ringworld, quite readable, it continues the story plausibly and clears up a number of points and loose ends.

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
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This is the (first) sequel to Ringworld, dated twenty years after the events of Ringworld. This book starts out with Louis Wu and Speaker-to-Animals (the kzinti from the first book, now called Chmee) being kidnapped by a Pierson’s Puppet (no, not Nessen, but Hindmost, leader of the Puppeteers). Seems that this here Ringworld has gone out of sync and if something isn’t done the Ringworld will eventually crash into its sun. The plot revolves around finding the Ringworld’s Control Center, from whic ...more
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Laurence van Cott Niven's best known work is Ringworld (Ringworld, #1) (1970), which received the Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. The creation of thoroughly worked-out alien species, which are very different from humans both physically and mentally, is recognized as one of Niven's main strengths ...more
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