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Fleet of Worlds by Larry Niven
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Dec 16, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: science-fiction, 2007
Recommended for: Fans of Known Space

The latest story in Larry Niven's "Known Space" universe, a collaboration between Niven and fellow SF veteran Edward M. Lerner, follows the migration of the Pierson's puppeteer world ahead of the deadly explosion of the galactic core. Although the story fits nicely within the "Known Space" canon, this long-awaited glimpse into puppeteer society falls well short of expectation. Overall, the story line is not as enthralling as are the Known Space classics. Worse, the puppeteers, by and large, are cast as human actors who experience severe pangs of guilt for participating in activities both unexceptional of and essential to life as puppeteers. Despite its faults, however, Fleet of Worlds is well worth reading. Its limitations are perhaps unfairly exaggerated by the august company it keeps in Larry Niven's masterworks.

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