Fate of Worlds
For decades, the spacefaring species of Known Space have battled over the largest artifact—and grandest prize—in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources a ...more
Personally, I was bored a bi ...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 de...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
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 coupl ...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
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 of ...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
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
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
Louis Wu hardly did anything this book which is a pity because he is my favorite character and basically the main character.
The ending was a carbon copy of the last book.
But, misgivings aside, the series was enjoyable.
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
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
about that moronic bullet point plot progre ...more
Sweet: Because I loved it and because its freaking Larry Niven's Known Space...
Bitter: Because this is (SO SADLY) the last Known Space novel in the entire Known Space series that I had left to read!!!
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Niven's Known Space is perhaps my absolute favorite Sci-Fi series/universe! The more books I read, the more I fell in love with the universe, the characters, and the amazingly awesome concepts, idea ...more
The greatest trove of ancient lore, the Ringworld, is gone. The huge fleets of all the major races must struggle to justify their existence and the lives lost. A prize exists, just a bit further in space. The Puppeteer fleet of worlds. Everyone knows the Puppeteers are cowards, plundering their planets will be easy.
But the fleet of worlds is more than just the Puppeteers and they have a centuries of experience at manipulation. To some in their government, ...more
Not at all a sequel to Ringworld's Children, which is a great book... you wont find any dialog involving Tunesmith, Proserpina, or Wembleth... it is a sequel to Betrayer of Worlds -- the 4th book of The Fleet Series... and in that, it wraps up everything nicely, at the end, with a complete bow.
The writing flowed better in this book vs. the other 4 books.
Still very unique and inventive storylines.
Characters very good and good flow.
I really enjoyed this book and the reading just moved along. I looked down and found I was half way through it.
Many, many avenues for continuation of characters but felt this book ended well with a few twists and turns.
enjoyed very much.