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RINGWORLD ENGINEERS Mass Market Paperback – Oct 12 1981

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey; later printing edition (Oct. 12 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345304691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345304698
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,336,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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"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 --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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The Ringworld was magical. It featured a small motley crew: 2 humans, a wookie prototype and an indescribable other being. The mission: a hazardous interstellar flight to evaluate an inhabited artificial "planet" for colonization potential. The founding engineers were long gone but left inexplicable constructions that were no longer maintained. There was a great sense of spontaneity, discovery and comradery. I wanted to revisit the characters and the Ringworld. But the Ringworld Engineers was just lame. Interactions between characters became wooden, characters lacked their original dignity and intelligence and just plain acted out of character. The plot was poorly strung together. The mission was to determine why the Ringworld is suddenly out of orbit and prevent it from shortly burning up. We find out why half way through the book but the reason is not believable. Perhaps the author thought to improve the underlying science -- but the revised mechanics of the Ringworld are not consistant with the world we were shown in the original book.
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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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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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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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