Fleeing the supernova chain reaction at the galactic core, the cowardly Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds have---just barely---survived. They’ve stumbled from one crisis to the next: The rebellion of their human slaves. The relentless questing of the species of Known Space. The spectacular rise of the starfish-like Gw’oth. The onslaught of the genocidal Pak.
Catastrophe looms again as past crises return---and converge. Who can possibly save the Fleet of Worlds from its greatest peril yet?
**Louis Wu?** Trapped in the Wunderland civil war, all he wants is to go home---but the only possible escape will plunge him into unknowable danger.
**Ol’t’ro****? **The Gw’oth ensemble mind fled across the stars to establish a colony world free from tyranny. But some problems cannot be left behind, and other problems---like the Fleet of Worlds itself---are racing straight at them.
**Achilles?** Despite past disgrace, the charismatic Puppeteer politician *knows* he is destined for greatness. He will do anything to seize power---and to take his revenge on everyone who ever stood in his way.
**Nessus?** The insane Puppeteer scout is out of ideas, out of resources, with only desperation left to guide him.
Their hopes and fears, dreams and ambitions are about to collide. And the winner takes . . . worlds.
For decades, the spacefaring species of Known Space have battled over the largest artifact -- and grandest prize -- in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. But without warning, the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets.
Something must justify the blood and treasure that have been spent. If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of its secrets, the Puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs. Everyone knows that the Puppeteers are cowards.
But the crises converging upon the trillion Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas:
Adventurer Louis Wu and the exiled Puppeteer known only as Hindmost, marooned together for more than a decade, escaped from the Ringworld before it disappeared. And throughout those years, as he studied Ringworld technology, Hindmost has plotted to reclaim his power ...
Ol't'ro, the Gw'oth ensemble mind -- and the Fleet of Worlds' unsuspected puppet master for a century -- is deviously brilliant. And increasingly unbalanced ...
Proteus, the artificial intelligence on which, in desperation, the Puppeteers rely to manage their defenses, is outgrowing its programming -- and the supposed constraints on its initiative ...
Sigmund Ausfaller, paranoid and disgraced hero of the lost human colony of New Terra, knows that something threatens his adopted home world -- and that it must be stopped ...
Achilles, the megalomaniac Puppeteer -- twice banished, and twice rehabilitated -- sees the Fleet of Worlds' existential crisis as a new opportunity to reclaim supreme power. Whatever the risks ...
One way or another, the fabled race of Puppeteers may have come to the end of their days.
”Widescreen galactic scope, nifty super-science, crafty aliens, corporate corruption and cover-ups, and a multileveled spy vs. spy vs. spy mystery...a first-class example of pure SF entertainment.”
—SF Site on Juggler of Worlds
“Exceptional freshness and suspense…full of startling revelations about human and puppeteer politics.”
“A new Known Space book, particularly one with new information about Puppeteers and their doings behind the scenes of human history, needs recommending within the science fiction community about as much as a new Harry Potter novel does, well, anywhere. But Niven and Lerner have produced a novel that can stand on its own as well as part of the Known Space franchise.”
From the Back Cover
Praise for the Fleet of Worlds series
"Exceptional freshness and suspense ... full of startling revelations about human and puppeteer politics." -- Booklist
"A new Known Space book, particularly one with new information about Puppeteers and their doings behind the scenes of human history, needs recommending within the science fiction community about as much as a new Harry Potter novel does -- well, anywhere. But Niven and Lerner have produced a novel that can stand on its own as well as part of the Known Space franchise." -- Locus
"A far-future SF mystery/adventure set two centuries before the discovery of the Ringworld by humans ... Intriguing human and alien characters and lucid scientific detail." -- Library Journal
"A very worthy addition to the ongoing Known Space future history." -- SciFi.com
"Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner have teamed up to write the prequel [to Ringworld], and it's well worth reading whether you've read Ringworld and its subsequent books or not." -- SFRevu.com
"As we have long expected from Niven, it's a great read, and Lerner -- as Analog readers know -- has the knack as well. You'll enjoy this one." -- Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Praise for the Works of Larry Niven
"The premier hard SF writer of the day." -- The Baltimore Sun
"Great storytelling is still alive in science fiction because of Larry Niven." -- Orson Scott Card
"For three and a half decades, nobody's done it better than Larry Niven." -- Steven Barnes
Praise for Edward M. Lerner
"Lerner's world-building and extrapolating are top notch." -- SFScope on InterstellarNet: Origins
"A fast, fun read." -- Sci Fi Weekly on Fools' Experiments
"Suspense and action enough to fuel any thriller, and even to drive it to the big screen." -- SFRevu on Small Miracles
A new place is being built, a world of huge dimensions, encompassing millions of miles, stronger than any planet before it. There is gravity, and with high walls and its proximity to the sun, a livable new planet that is three million times the area of the Earth can be formed. We can start again!
Come back to the Ringworld . . . the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to a myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written! The human, Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee . . . legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the Protectors. Incoming spacecraft are being destroyed before they can reach the Ringworld. Vampires are massing. And the Ghouls have their own agenda--if anyone dares approach them to learn. Each race on the Ringworld has always had its own Protector. Now it looks as if the Ringworld itself needs a Protector. But who will sit on the Ringworld Throne? "Niven's work has been an intriguing and consistent universe, and this book is the keystone of the arch. . . . [His] technique is wonderfully polished, his characters and their situations are nicely drawn . . . wraps up (maybe) a corner of a very interesting universe." --San Diego Union-Tribune
Welcome to a world like no other.
The Ringworld: a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band 3 million times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of which are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.
Explorere Louis Wu, an Earth-born human who was part of the first expedition to Ringworld, becomes enmeshed in interplanetary and interspecies intrigue as war, and a powerful new weapon, threaten to tear the Ringworld apart forever. Now, the future of Ringworld lies in the actions of its children: Tunesmith, the Ghould protector; Acolyte, the exiled son of Speaker-to-Animals, and Wembleth, a strange Ringworld native with a mysterious past. All must play a dangerous in order to save Ringworld's population, and the stability of Ringworld itself.
Blending awe-inspiring science with non-stop action and fun, Ringworld's Children, the fourth installment of the multiple award-winning saga, is the perfect introduction for readers new to this New York Times bestselling series, and long-time fans of Larry Niven's Ringworld.
Gedurende het Tweede Imperium van het grote Aardse ruimterijk
wordt plotseling een ruimteschip van onbekende herkomst ontdekt dat, aan de koers te zien, afkomstig is uit de richting van 'Murchisons Oog'. Dit betekent het allereerste contact met 'buitenaardsen'. Murchisons Oog is de enige ster in de Kolenzaknevel die op grote afstand nog te zien is. Het is een grote, rode ster, met in een hoek een klein wit lichtend puntje, dat De Splinter in Gods Oog wordt genoemd. Een kleine expeditie van twee schepen wordt derwaarts gestuurd en men maakt al snel contact met de vreemde Splinterbeschaving. Door gesprekken en bezichtigingen probeert de expeditie zich een betrouwbaar beeld te vormen van dit volk. Maar waarom houden de vreemdelingen een aantal zaken uit alle macht verborgen? En wat is de betekenis van de vreemde Fyunch-(klik)s, die de expeditieleden overal volgen? Eén ding is echter overduidelijk: de Splinters hopen binnenkort de mogelijkheid tot emigratie te verwerven. En dat is voor het Imperium onder deze omstandigheden een bijzonder moeilijke beslissing...
Isaac Asimov: "De beste Science Fiction Roman ooit geschreven"
Acht tintelende prikkelende avonturen met als hoofdpersoon Beowulf Shaeffer, bewoner van Tisgelukt, waar alle mensen albino's zijn. Meestal ligt hij overhoop met zijn tweekoppige poppenbazen, het curieuze ras dat liever laf dan dood is en dat hem fabelachtige geldsommen belooft om onuitvoerbare opdrachten uit te voeren. Zij zijn bij lange na niet de vreemdste wezens in Larry Nivens Bekende Heelal, dat wordt bevolkt door rare beesten en intelligente wezens zoals de Grogs, de Kzinti en de reeds lang uitgestorven tnuctipun, die her en der in de kosmos hun knapste vindingen hebben verborgen.
[Le cycle de l'Anneau-Monde T.01] - L'Anneau-Monde
A deux cents ans, Louis Wu a conservé un corps de jeune homme et une âme d'explorateur. Aussi se laisse-t-il tenter quand le marionnettiste lui propose de l'accompagner au-delà de l'Espace connu... Mais l'expédition qui se prépare ne sera pas de tout repos, puisqu'à Wu et à l'étonnante créature à deux têtes et trois pattes s'adjoindront un Kzin, un être féroce et effrayant aux dents et aux griffes acérées, ainsi que Teela Brown, une jeune humaine follette mais douée d'une chance insolente. L'hétéroclite équipe s'embarque donc à destination de l'Anneau-Monde, une planète lointaine cerclée d'un mur d'un million six cent mille kilomètres de large et de quinze cents kilomètres de haut, dont personne ne connaît les occupants...
This sequel to the authors' bestselling The Legacy of Heorot (1987), in which "Earth Born" colonists vanquished an alien life-form known as the Grendels (hence the title here), starts slowly. The colonists' children (the "Star Born") spend too much of the first half of the novel discussing the "brain damage" the older generation has suffered as a result of the long trip to the planet. Meanwhile, the whiff of social Darwinism that blows through the book is enhanced when Aaron Tragon, the only "Star Born" who both gestated in an artificial womb and never bonded with any of the families on the planet, leads a movement to colonize Avalon's mainland. Aaron becomes increasingly vicious?a matter blamed primarily on his lack of a familial bond?after his calculated cruelties lead to his being given exactly the authorization he desires. Ultimately, the colonists end up less with success in the present than with hope for the future, with much of that hope deriving from the novel's improbable denouement. The authors create several unusual indigenous life-forms that make the mainland a fascinating place, and in-jokes designed to please SF fans are scattered throughout the narrative. Even Niven/Pournelle/Barnes loyalists, however, will find the one-dimensional characterizations here (especially of the women), as well as the increasingly absurd actions of the humans, disappointing. The bloom that lured many readers to the original is long off the paper rose of this book. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
For two decades, the colonists of the planet Avalon hid from the carnivorous monsters of the main continent by securing themselves within their island fortress of Camelot. Now their children, the Star Born, have one goal: to conquer the mainland for themselves and for their colony's future in the stars. This fast-paced, complex sequel to The Legacy of Heorot (S. & S., 1987) blends the talents of three top-notch sf raconteurs. Strongly defined characters and intriguing, speculative science make this novel an example of panoramic sf adventure at its best. A good choice as a stand-alone story or in combination with its predecessor. For most sf collections. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.