RINGWORLD ENGINEERS Mass Market Paperback – Oct 12 1981
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Larry Niven has ideas the size of planets Time Out His tales have pulse-pounding narrative drive. Niven is a true master! Frederik Pohl --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Larry Niven has won the prestigious Hugo Award five times. He is known to millions as the premier modern author of rigorous, scientifically consistent hard SF, the champion of 'SF without a net'. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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As the two travel across the Ring they uncover secrets and origins that could possibly save them--or destroy them. The story is a race against time to uncover the ultimate secrets never revealed in the first book. Despite the protests of a few hardcore Niven fans, most Sci Fi readers I have talked with highly recommend this book, as do I. Together with the original, Ringworld and Ringworld Engineers comprise one of the most compelling, original works of fiction that I have ever read.
THE RINGWORLD ENGINEERS opens 23 years after the end of RINGWORLD. Louis Wu has become a wirehead, an addict to current fed directly into the pleasure center of the brain, and is living a pathetic life in the frontier world Canyon. He is kidnapped by The Hindmost, the deposed puppeteer supreme leader, along with Speaker-to-Animals, who is now a noble called Chmee. The Hindmost takes them back to the Ringworld, hoping to find the transmutation device that was spoken of during the first time on the Ringworld and so impress the Fleet of Worlds that they will accept him as ruler again. When they arrive, however, they discover that the Ringworld is unstable and will impact the sun in a year's time...
Larry Niven spends a lot of time detailing the various species of hominids on the Ringworld, and this is where the book falls apart. The hominids cannot reproduce except within their own species, and rishathra, or risk-free sex between species but within the hominids, is used to seal contracts and express friendly intentions.Niven is so obsessed with this concept that the introduction of every new town is an excuse for Louis Wu to engage in graphic sex. The plot of THE RINGWORLD ENGINEERS exists essentially to string sex scenes together.
THE RINGWORLD ENGINEERS also fails because it contradicts much of Niven's previous Known Space work, especially the novels RINGWORLD and PROTECTOR.Read more ›
Louis Wu and Speaker to Animals (now known as Chmee) are kidnapped by the Hindmost (puppeteer mate of Nessus from the preious book) and brought to the Ringworld again to steal a technology from it that will ensure the security of Hindmost's political faction on the puppeteer world. Louis Wu, however, ends up stranded alone with little but his wits in the middle of the Ringworld, with no-one but the Ringworld natives to turn to for help. And he does indeed need their help, for the Ringworld is off-centre, and very soon will brush against its sun...
While reading Ringworld Engineers I felt left out of the story, quite an odd experience while reading a book. Louis Wu and his 'pals' would constanly leap to conclusions (which were invariably correct) based on literally, almost nothing. I almost feel that Niven knew the story but didnt want to tell it, he'd rather us read 200 pages of bad interaction then suddenly spring a left-field 'conclusion' on us.
The 'aliens' were nothing more then oddly shaped/colored humans, bad ones at that, and the 'technical' details on ringworld he added seemed out-of-place, almost as if someone gave him a scientific fact-sheet and he incorperated those facts just to validate himself..
I still wonder what I'm missing, why are these niven books such classics? There are other storys (written in the same era) that blow ringworld away technically and through sheer originality. maybe I've been spoiled by such stories.
Anyway I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Read John Varley's Titan Trilogy (Titan, Wizard, Demon) for what ringworld COULD'VE been.
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This Kindle Edition is rife with typos and errors. It seems like it was created with OCR and then not proofread at all. A frustrating experience for an eBook at this price point.Published 3 months ago by C. Kaiser
Niven stages John Campbell's definition of 'the alien' against a humungous big backdrop. Niven minored in Psych, and in college his genteel nerves got him in the nut hatch. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by B. M Purcell
This is money well spent. I enjoyed this novel and spent nearly a whole night reading it in one sitting. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2004 by Bill Hensler
If you enjoyed the original Ringworld, then Ringworld Engineers will be worth your time.
Twenty years after the first Novel, Louis Wu goes back to find the Ringworld's orbit... Read more
Granted, I couldn't put it down, but that's just how I am when I want to know the answer to something. I was dissapointed at how short it was, and there is no sense of time. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2002 by Rachel E. Watkins
Should you read The Ringworld Engineers? Absolutely. But I caution to put some distance between Ringworld and it's sequel. Read morePublished on June 1 2001 by Lou Anders
Ringworld Engineers is a classic continuation of one of the greatest science fiction books of all time. The story line is nearly flawless and Mr. Read morePublished on May 31 2001 by Derek Calhoun
The only real downside to this novel is that it takes a little adjusting to after the first novel. Its hard to explain why but its not a good idea to read this directly after the... Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2000 by Alexander Korbey
This the second on a series of three books. I do recommend you read Ringworld first. The main Character, Louis Wu, has been located and dissuaded by the ancient race of Piersons... Read morePublished on June 8 2000 by Richard Rivera