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Ringworld Engineers Mass Market Paperback – Nov 12 1985

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reissue edition (Nov. 12 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345334302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345334305
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

About the Author

Larry Niven (left) is the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of such classics as "Ringworld, The Integral Trees", and "Destiny's Road". He has also collaborated with both Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes on "The Legacy of Heorot, Beowulf's Children", and the bestselling "Dream Park" series. He lives in Chatsworth, California.
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle were the joint winners of the 2005 Robert A. Heinlein Award.


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I don't know... It was good not great for me. The scientific ideas are the original I think. It was the kind of book that was advanced in deduction of complex or abstract reasoning. I just think I wanted the locals to be different and was disappointed that is was written to be part one of a longer series.
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Some sci-fi stories make psychological and social exploration their dominant them, others focus on scientific/technological themes. "Ringworld" has both elements, but it is unquestionably the scientific/technological that gives this story its strength. The heart this work is the presentation of the "Ringworld" itself, a manufactured world millions of times bigger than Earth, a technological accomplishment truly mind-boggling in its sheer size and audacity.
A huge part of any sci-fi stories' strength is what I call the "what if?" factor, the introduction of a new, or freshly presented, idea that really gives you food for thought. Niven's development of Ringworld itself and his idea of luck as a sort of psychic power has succeeded in this respect.
I give "Ringworld" 4 stars: it's good, but not THAT good---it's the concept of the Ringworld itself that gives the story its real strength. I think the character development, though adequate for the book's purpose, could have been stronger. I was also a little non-plussed with the powerful sphere of influence finally attributed to "luck."
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The first time I read "Ringworld" was when I was in high school and I still own it and have read it, along with the rest of the series, several times. It is definitely that enthralling! I have placed it alongside other works of this type such as "Cryptonomicon", "Snow Crash", "Neuromancer", "Foundation", "Darkeye: Cyber Hunter", etc. Each as intriguing and gripping in their own rights.
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Ringworld is a marvellously inventive story - two humans and two Aliens, a cariverous, Cat-like kzin and a herbiverous puppeteer - set out to explore a vast world built in a ring around a sun, with a surface area of billions of square miles on which all kinds of societies can flourish. Niven is a trained mathematician, and it makes the story more satisfying that the maths are worked out plausibly. It deserves its many awards for sheer non-stop inventiveness and action. The characters are plausible and fascinating, too. There is a website "Known space", devoted to Niven's works, if anybody doesn't know, and a brilliant new book of the wars of humans and Kzin, The Wunder War, set in the same universe, published recently. There have been two sequels to "Ringworld" published and another due out soon.
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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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