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Ringworld by Larry Niven
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Jan 28, 2008

it was amazing
Read in January, 2008

There's a reason this is one of the all-time classics of science fiction.

I'm a fan of the Big Idea, and this novel has one of the biggest there ever was. The discovery of a world that encircles a sun, made by an unknown race. The Ringworld is one million miles wide and contains the land mass of one *trillion* Earths. The first book only covers about 600,000 miles, so there's a whole lot of terrain left to cover in the remaining books, and Larry Niven is still writing about it, nearly 4 decades later.

Ringworld was first published in 1970 and it is still surprisingly fresh. You'd think that 38 years would have found the book depressingly dated, but it's just that good.

I am now on a mission to read all the novels in the Known Space universe. I think I originally stopped after the first two or three, so this should be fun.

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