- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; Reprint edition (Nov. 2 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765361779
- ISBN-13: 978-0765361776
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.1 x 17.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 204 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #417,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Destroyer of Worlds: Before the Discovery of the Ringworld Mass Market Paperback – Nov 2 2010
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“Wide screen galactic scope, nifty super-science, crafty aliens, corporate corruption and cover ups, and a multi-leveled spy vs. spy vs. spy mystery with little being as it first appears make Juggler of Worlds a first class examplar of pure SF entertainment.” ―SFSite on Juggler of Worlds
About the Author
Larry Niven is the award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces, and fantasy novels including the Magic Goes Away series. Beowulf's Children, co-authored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times bestseller. He has received the Nebula Award, five Hugos, four Locus Awards, two Ditmars, the Prometheus, and the Robert A. Heinlein Award, among other honors. He lives in Chatsworth, California.
Edward M. Lerner has degrees in physics and computer science, a background that kept him mostly out of trouble until he began writing science fiction full-time. His books include Probe, Moonstruck, and the collection Creative Destruction. His other collaborations with Larry Niven include Fleet of Worlds. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Ruth.See all Product description
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The book is a page turner that is for sure. Part of the reason for that is it's the final book in a trilogy. Larry Niven's Known Space series spans well over a dozen novels, but this one is part of a Known Space trilogy. For a new comer to the Known space series this is probably not the best place to start. Like any novel should be in a series it can stand on its own, but while most things are explained a lot of the back story is left for you to keep guessing. However, if you've ever read the Known Space series then you should be able to pick this one up without a problem. And if you've read the preceding two books in the trilogy you'll HAVE to read this one. Probably the most interesting and gripping yet.
The book involves Humans, Puppeteers, and the Gw'oth mostly. But it also incorporates the Pak. (See Fleet of Worlds) I don't want to reveal too much about the Pak as new readers will not know any of the back story (but fear not it is explained in good detail). To the old readers this book stitches up many holes and gaps in Protector and the Ringworld Quadruplet.
I really can't give much of a synopses because the book is so packed that even revealing that the Pak are in it is kind of a spoiler. It has it's predictable moments, but when you think your prediction will play out over 50 pages, it actually plays out in a chapter. So it does keep you guessing.
Also I'd like to add that Edward M. Lerner being a co-author is a good thing. Niven is no stranger to co-writing books and it's fairly seamless. You can tell when Mr. Lerner is contributing, because he's added a more modern technological flare to the story. Contact lenses that project images onto your retinas (like a HUD). AI pocket computers (picture your Palm/Blackberry as a post singularity being.) And other gadgets that are not unthinkable anymore. Niven always tended to leave the technological details very open ended unless it was like a BIG tech such as transfer booths or star ship propulsion. This may end up dating the books in the future in a way that Niven's other books never have been, but for the time being it's a nice touch.
Overall a great read especially for long time fans. And if you ever read the Man-Kzin war books you'll definitely have no problem with Niven not writing solo. Although I still suggest you read "Fleet of Worlds" and "Juggler of Worlds" first.
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