The Ringworld Engineers
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 (https://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/6244/). 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 ...more
Wireheads: "The Ringworld Engineers" by Larry Niven
(Original Review, 1980-12-20)
Reading some people's complaints about unpleasant events in SF (e.g. Louis Wu becoming a wirehead in "The Ringworld Engineers") reminded me of an article in Analog some time back. It was written by a founder of a company that would keep you in cryogenic storage until a cure was found for your disease, or the Messiah came or a John Bircher became president o ...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
5 February 2020
So, I enjoyed the original so much that I ended up going on a quest to attempt to locate the sequel, namely because I wanted to find out what happened after the first book. Well, that book certainly exists, and there are a few others as well, and these particular books are set in Niven’s Known Space universe, and as such there are a number of creatures that would be familiar to people who know this setting.
Well, we once again meet up with Louis, who has beco ...more
But I ...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
This sequel begins some time after the first novel, with the same two main characters, Louis Wu, now a drug addict over his guilt from what happened between novels dealing with the Ringworld, and the Predator-like kzin (they're ...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
The Ringworld Engineers ... well, if I want to be kind, I'd say perhaps its naive or simplistic. Otherwise, I'd have to rant too much here. Pointless sex scenes, the humans will solve everything (the sci-fi version of Americans solve everything), we'll also figure out vas ...more
As an example of what I like about Niven is the scene where the puppeteer looks into his own ey ...more
Louie Wu and Speaker-to-animals are hijacked by a puppeteer and taken back to Ringworld to search for the mass transformer.
When they get there, they find that Ringworld is on a slow decline into the sun. Louie promises to do something about that and this is the story of this act of herois ...more
I think it’s cool how the author took analysis and input from the fans of the first book and incorporated them into the story.
1.) The rishathra is too strong with this one. A surprising number of reviewers on Goodreads whined about this with the first novel, which baffles me because he's essentiall ...more
There's especially one ancient alien race that is i ...more