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Ringworld Engineers [Mass Market Paperback]

Larry Niven
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Nov. 12 1985
"This rousing sequel to the classic Ringworld continues the adventures of Louis Wu and Speaker-to-Animals on that fantastic planet."--School Library Journal An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

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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 is the author of the Ringworld series, winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards, and many other science fiction novels. He lives in California. For more information about Larry visit www.orbitbooks.net. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel, Ringworld's Secrets Revealed Sept. 4 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ringworld Engineers is one of the best Sci Fi books I've ever read. It greatly expands on its predecessor, filling in gaps and solving the mysteries of the first book. 23 years after escaping the Ringworld, Louis and Speaker-to-Animals are kidnapped and brought back. Their captor--a deposed Pupeteer leader--is searching for vital technology and secrets that will impress his people and reinstate himself. However, the Ring is falling towards its sun and will soon be destroyed. Thus, Louis and Speaker (now called Chmeee) must find a way to free themselves before the inevitable collision.
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.
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Larry Niven never intended to write a sequel to his 1970 Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel RINGWORLD, but science fiction fans were so enthralled by the Niven's concept of a ring-shaped world 93 million times the size of the Earth that Niven felt compelled to give the fans more. Unfortunately, THE RINGWORLD ENGINEERS is one of Niven's poorest works, and it is bad enough to tarnish the excellent first book.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious Jan. 30 2000
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This is an ingeniously thought out novel. In it, Larry Niven succeeds in reconcilling some of the apparent inconsistencies between the Ringworld books and his other Known Space novels (by demonstrating that the Ringworld was built by the Pak protectors), and incorporates the ideas and questions of his fans (spillpipes, attitude jets, and defense system) into the operation of the Ringworld, while at the same time telling an exciting, and fast moving story. That he manages all three so flawlessly is surely a sign of his genius as a writer.
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Niven Smiven. March 29 1998
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This return to the ringworld was both boring and unsatisfying. The Characters are _STILL_ inanimate, the dialogue _STILL_ horrible and plot developments _STILL_ mysterious.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking as well as a man but different
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 more
Published on July 7 2004 by B. M Purcell
5.0 out of 5 stars Another solid Niven novel
This is money well spent. I enjoyed this novel and spent nearly a whole night reading it in one sitting. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by Bill Hensler
4.0 out of 5 stars A good solid sequel
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
Published on Jan. 1 2003 by Bradford Hull
3.0 out of 5 stars Has answers, has conflict, but not as enjoyable as Ringworld
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 more
Published on Oct. 31 2002 by Rachel E. Watkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Required Niven, but take your time
Should you read The Ringworld Engineers? Absolutely. But I caution to put some distance between Ringworld and it's sequel. Read more
Published on June 1 2001 by Lou Anders
5.0 out of 5 stars Ringworld Engineers
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 more
Published on May 31 2001 by Derek Calhoun
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel that takes a little patience
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 more
Published on Nov. 1 2000 by Alexander Korbey
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ringworld is Unstable!
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 more
Published on June 8 2000 by Richard Rivera
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ringworld is Unstable!
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 more
Published on June 8 2000 by Richard Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return to Ringworld!
I have rarely come across a sequel that continues a story as well as this. It's advisable to read "Ringworld" first, otherwise this won't make all that much sense. Read more
Published on May 17 2000 by neonxaos
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