The Ringworld: a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band 3 million times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of which are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.
Explorer Louis Wu, an Earth-born human who was part of th ...more
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(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
When I read books that are part of a series, I always want to know how the story ends. The original Ringworld story was great, and the ser ...more
I actually thought the story was pretty good; the plot was more understandable and less convoluted than the previous stories, especially Ringworld Throne. And it does give a decent ending to the series.
Tunesmith, the Ghoul-turned-Protecter, is performing his duty to protect Ringworld. The Amalgamation of Regional Militia, aka ARM, aka former UN military force, has discovered Ringworld, along with military forces from other worlds, and they are engaging in warfare for Ringworld's ...more
Pretty much everything that made the third novel fall short for me was rectified for this book. For one, a big part of what made The Ringworld Throne a bit of a let down (and let me stress, it was a BIT of a letdown, ...more
What is different this time is that the action that takes place is interesting. Or that there actually is action. And that the book feels like science fiction. For some reason the main characters are a lot more interesting than in the two previous books. Also there is almost zero rishatra, thank god.
Anyway I think t ...more
There are dramatic moments of crashing, smashing, and fighting... there are dramatic moments of families being torn apart... then there is the saving of the Ringworld itself... all in 297 pages! Niven really outdid himself on this one... and cut out all of the fluff and unneeded stuff.
Much of the backstory about Pak and Protectors is explained.
Also, at what point did Niven decide that ships vanishing when near stars/planets wasn't due to their singularity, but do to some weird dark matter predators? What does that do to the continuity of the unive ...more