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Destroyer of Worlds

(Fleet of Worlds #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,151 ratings  ·  88 reviews
The scariest aliens in the galaxy follow a simple rule: destroy all opposition.

The brilliant, xenophobic Pak are fleeing the chain reaction of supernovae at the galaxy’s core. Nothing and no one is going to impede their migration. Devastated worlds -- any civilization that could possibly have interfered -- lie shattered in their wake. And now the Fleet of Worlds is in thei
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Tor Books (first published October 21st 2009)
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Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
There is a lot to like in this third of four in a recent prequel series to Ringworld, which was published in 1970. We get a rich story of different alien species working their way toward effective cooperation despite mutual fears over motives. They all feel the threat of another psychotically aggressive species, the Pak, whose massive fleet of ships are headed their way while wreaking a path of destruction. The result is a lot of fun with alternative minds, their interesting strengths and techno ...more
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wow, how long has it been since I read a Larry Niven book? I think I might have stopped after The Ringworld Throne, which would mean 1996? Long time. Anyway, this is a cracking good hard sci-fi read, with familiar races such as the Puppeteers, the Pak Protectors, and a species new to me, the Gw'oth all concerned with fleeing an explosion at the core of the galaxy. Since I've been away from Niven's work for so long, none of the little story holes that others mention in their reviews really bother ...more
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
How many literary series have lasted for 40+ years. The 'Known Space' series started in the mid-60s. Niven has maintained it, fresh, with a sub-set of new collaborations with Edward Lerner, focused on the 'Ringworld' subplot. It's classic Niven. For the new reader, you need to minimally read 'Ringworld' and also if possible include 'Tales of Known Space'. Great novels.

Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aliens, sci-fi, 2000s
Destroyer of Worlds is a nice step up from the disappointing Juggler of Worlds. This book ties in an older book of Niven's, Protector, which I haven't read yet, but there was enough backstory that I didn't feel lost.

The Gw'oth, the aquatic race discovered in the first Fleet of Worlds book, have noted a large disturbance in space. Turns out, it's the Pak, and they are destroying much in their wake. Sigmund, his crew, and the puppeteer Baedeker team up with some Gw'oth to investigate.

As they inves
Eddie D. Moore
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say, I’m a life long Niven fan. I enjoyed the book, and I’m ready for the next one in the series, as soon as I work up the nerve to toss an Audible credit at a 10 hour book.
May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sonyreader
Niven is just getting better and better, and Known Space is his most entertaining playground. In this new series, co-written by Lerner, he not only revisits Known Space, but also ties together subplots from all the prior Known Space novels in a seamless fashion. He builds the whole plot of these new books out of snippets and side stories from his prior work, to the point where one is almost convinced that he had planned these later books before even starting the Known Space tales from 20 and mor ...more
Eric Stodolnik
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***DISCLAIMER!: If you're about to read this book... STOP!... Read Larry Niven's "Protector" before continuing and reading this novel.***

*** While this is officially the sequel to "Juggler of Worlds" and third in the "Fleet of Worlds" Pentalogy, it is also VERY MUCH a sequel and successor to his 1973 novel "Protector" which he uses VERY MUCH as a jumping-off-point and an inspiration to this novel which was written 36 years AFTER "Protector"... gotta freakin' LOVE Larry Niven's Known Space work!!
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Well, this was just what I needed after reading something emotionally challenging. Reliably delivered the Niven cocktail of fast-moving plot, great alien species, plausible science, and 3D-enough characters.

I don't read a whole lot of science fiction anymore, and when I do, I have very little patience for flat characters, stiff writing, cheap plot devices, etc. Fortunately, Destroyer of Worlds is well-crafted. It doesn't say a whole lot of deep things about human nature or the state of the univ
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'm just falling into a wonderful trap that was made by a Pak protector, but I loved being thrown into that particular worldview again. It gave me many months of delicious dreams in my college years, extrapolating and dreaming up new ways I might outsmart one. I know, hella unlikely, but still, what a rush. I am beginning to like this later collaboration better than the previous two, but maybe I'm just prejudiced in favor of the subject matter. Perhaps I'm just a huge Pak fiend. Who knows?
Feb 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Interesting. I enjoyed the story. I liked the Gwo'th, and I'm still curious about them, because in the book we sort of don't get to see much from their perspective... There's a bit of ambiguity about them. Are they as dangerous as the Puppeteers think or do they have a sense of loyalty? Are they just looking to gain knowledge about the advanced technology, or are they helping to solve the problem common to all involved? Both.
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this one very much; the development of the Worlds Fleet and Known Space was fascinating, the interplay of the various races and societies was done very well, and the characters and plot were extremely engaging. However, I was very much let-down by an abrupt ending that I felt left far too many issues unresolved and too many questions unanswered.
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Protectors and the Gw'oth make for an intellectually stimulating story!
This one is much better than the previous book, Juggler of Worlds.
Brendan Coster
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
There's a lot to these books, a lot of culling and pulling together of Nivens other material, a lot of putting a time and place to things he's done in the past. I respect, I understand it, I'm not sure if I totally like reading it... one of his earlier books, "Protector" is essentially re-written back into this one, as well as a number of other short stories. Again, like in book 2, had I not read all that, this would have just been a long read, but having read it - and assuming I'm probably the ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like any good platform or world invention, these never get old. Niven is a master of the adage (Heinlein's?) that there is no science fiction without the science. And math.

I want to keep reading about Beowulf Shaffer, about Sigmund Ausfaller. I find Sigmund especially inspiring and can tell he inspired other street smart unconventional super tech characters. I don't know if it predates, but Altered Carbon seems to borrow a lot from this part of the Ringworld series. Without covering them all an
Harding McFadden
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a series that has continued to entertain me over three books. What's interesting to me is just how well it weaves its way through established Known Space chronology, while at the same time adding more and more levels to narratives that are well know to fans of the series. While the first book, Fleet of Worlds, really set the stage for what was to come, and Juggler of Worlds gave a nice secret history to the whole thing while simultaneously introducing the reader to an interesting group o ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite enjoyable. Granted, I'm rather invested in Known Space universe, Ringworld specifically - and this novel was promising some answers in that area. There are few answers, but a lot of setup towards eventual answers. It's well written, and at times it was quite gripping - I couldn't put it down easily. If I were to nitpick on anything, short chapters would be the main thing. Sometimes it felt a little bit like an adventure movie, with frequent cuts and non-stop action. I bet this is ...more
Lou Giannuzzi
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best of the 5 Fleet of Worlds books...

Follows the adventures of the Puppeteers, and Sigmund Ausfaller, and the humans of New Terra... as they deal with a Pak Invasion Threat...

If you love reading about Protectors, you are going to love this book, and I do. If you dont, read this book anyway...

Niven and Lerner do a great job detailing the thought processes, and typical everyday life of asuper-genius Pak Protector...
Heath Lesjak
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This feels like the book the entire series was leading up to. Sooooo gooood! The Pak truly are a terrifying enemy, and almost feel like a plague upon the other species in the galaxy. I enjoyed the action, the characters, all of the wonderful twisting suspicion and paranoia and tricks that happen between all of the races (including the 'allied' ones). The ending kind of petered out strangely, with a series of diminishing climaxes, but I still enjoyed the whole deal.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The puppeteers and most of the aliens were interesting but I found the pak backstory unplausable to the point that it annoyed me. I know too much about evolutionary biology. Also, picked this book up in the middle of the series because our library has just random bits from the series (no ringworld) so I think I missed some things. Same with the Culture series except they have book one then skip to eight or something. Small town library. Anyway... 3.5 stars
Boulder Boulderson
Interesting sci-fi novel, concentrating more on the characters than the plot - as do all of the Known Space novels that I've read. It's easy to see how this could be a precursor to things like the Culture novels, but it's not as good.

Still worth a read, but read the Ringworld books first, they are better.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-s, audio-cd
This is a very good book in the Fleet of Worlds series. Familiar characters if you have read the previous books. Niven continues to add characters and worlds to his universe. If you've read the previous books it is very enjoyable!
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Much better than the second book. This one was quite action packed and kept me riveted. The shifting from character to character was well done. Also loved the further development of the several alien races.
Stephen Smith
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yes, well after reading book 2 I had conjectured whether the series would be one that ties other Niven novels together into a whole. I was right about that. When the book starts it is with a Pak which any Niven reader will recall. This is not a bad thing at all and I rather enjoyed it.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read Protector as a kid and this novel tied into that story very well. I continue to be mystified by how the Puppeteers have managed to remain so successful, when they can't even bring themselves to try risky science experiments. I think the Gw'oth are now my very favorite Known Space aliens.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Good, highly technical SF.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Re - read this trilogy for the second time -- excellent books.
May 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: overdrive
Not my kinda book. DNF
Charles LeBeau
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found the writing from alien perspectives most interesting.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Better. Actual story in this episode.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: y2019
Wow. And now the Pak show up.
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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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