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Product Details

  • Series: Fleet of Worlds (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; Reissue edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765364980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765364982
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.1 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

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, and he has collaborated with Larry Niven on the other books in the Fleet of Worlds series. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Ruth.

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Good read and well tied into Niven's other stories.
RTHOMAS HAMILTON
Something of a let down after the long-anticipated Pak battle in Destroyer of Worlds, but even a bad Niven is a treat and this is by no means a bad Niven.
James D. DeWitt
If Larry Niven has something to do with it, it is great SciFi.
D. McMonigle

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By James D. DeWitt VINE VOICE on December 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Lerner and Niven continue to expand their "Worlds" franchise, in this, the fourth book. There will obviously be more. But I fear that they may have gone too far in their effort to wrap all of their old and new plot lines together. For any fan of Niven, the scene a the start of Ringworld, in which Nessus the Puppeteer recruits Louis Wu to the Ringworld expedition is one of the great episodes in the Known Space series. Now it turns out that wasn't the first time Louis Wu and Nessus met. In fact, they worked together 60 or so years earlier, when Nessus rescued Wu from the Wunderland civil war.

Wu doesn't remember that because Carlos Wu's Amazing Autodoc, which has already reconstructed Beowulf Schaeffer from just his head in Crashlander, and saved Sigmund Ausfaller several times in the "Fleets" stories, can edit memories themselves, removing chunks of a patient's memory at a Puppeteer's whim, such as knowledge of where Known Space might actually be. A thinking reader has to ask himself why Carlos Wu would have built an advanced autodoc that would permit selective editing of memories? After all, Calros might crawl in the thing some day. But that's not the biggest problem a reader is expected to ignore. Now every reader of Known Space stories has to assume that a character's memories may have selectively edited.

There's more. One of the central premises of the entire Fleets series is that no one except Puppeteers - excuse me, Citizens - knows the whereabouts of Known Space. It's central to the dilemma of the New Terra colonists, to Sigmund Ausfaller's cooperation and to Louis Wu's behavior.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Chow on October 16, 2010
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Not the very best of the series (needs more Ausfaller!), but still definitely well worth the read for Known Space or hard sci-fi fans.

Classic Niven (and par for the course on this overall excellent series w/ Lerner): intelligent characters, very nifty uses of the given science and technology, and a good amount of "action" driving the plot forward.

Since Louis Wu is the main protagonist in this volume and the story is set before "Ringworld", the story runs into some of the hazards of writing prequels in a widely read (and well explored) history: requirements of continuity w/ "Ringworld" forces the authors hands in some places.

That's a small complaint, only noteworthy because I've been otherwise enjoying the series immensely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EAJ on September 11, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
.....A nice finish leading up to the Ringworld novel.
.....I enjoyed the book and and the prior ones. This one lacked the PaK showdown that still seemed to be hanging as a threat in the prior novel but was well worth the viewing as it tied up loose ends.
.....One has to wonder whatever happened to the Gwoth in later known space books as they are never mentioned.
.....We all know Louis Wu eventually gets addicted to The Wire from the early scenes in Ringworld but with a prior addiction, a bad end to his first encounter with the Puppeteers and shodowy memories, its not surprising he went back to addictive behaviors.
.....Spoiler Alert: At the end of this book there is a data file deletion by nessus that hints at some dark prior event by the puppeteers against ringworld that had to be hidden from the Gwoth. This is prior to the original ringworld novel.
.....The puppeteers are a crazy, paranoid, jumpy herd bunch and we know that ringworld scared the hell out of them so we can guess what they did in "self defense".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oskar Rutherford on March 19, 2011
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This whole series with Niven and Lerner cannot be beat and this book does not disappoint. Nessus is at his best, Achilles is as treacherous as ever and you do not see any of it coming. Niven and Lerner are excellent story developers and writers in their own right but together they are a dynamic duo! I cannot wait for the next installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Steele on February 2, 2011
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I very much enjoyed this book, but by the end, I was pretty sure that if there had been any more problems, the solution would have inevitably been to trot out Carlos Wu's autodoc. Clearly, Achilles could have been rehabilitated, if they had just thought to plop him in it :). Otherwise, very enjoyable, though clearly in the twilight of the series, as any fourth book is almost certain to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodger on December 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ok, this one takes place a mostly out of known space, but anyone who has loved 'Neutron Star' or 'Tales of Known Space' will feel right back home again with this book. I have re-read both books many times since I was just newb and loved them every time. This book carries on in that fine tradition. I'm back in the Known Space universe with more conflicts and surprises going down. Awesome. I can't wait for the next one. (Yeah, there has to be a sequel). If you've read and loved the Known Space novels, get this one too. If you don't know what I'm talking about, get Neutron Star or Tales of Known Space and start there. Then get this one. I'm happy to be in Known Space again!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terence Parr on December 2, 2010
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There was more political intrigue and less suspense, hard sci-fi in this one. Seemed to grab my attention less.
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