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Niven, winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, and Lerner (Probe) offer a lively prequel to Niven's 1970 classic, Ringworld. It's 2650, some 500 years after the human colony ship Long Pass was captured by Citizens, those paranoid, two-headed beings better known as Puppeteers from the Fleet of Worlds. The Citizens of the Concordance have bred and nurtured successive generations of human Colonists from the Long Pass's crew and embryo banks, while lying about their origins, telling stories about an abandoned colony ship adrift in space. When a team of Colonist explorers led by Citizen Nessus to study intelligent life on an ice-covered world also uncovers evidence that the Concordance has lied about the past, they're determined to find the truth. Meanwhile, Concordance Citizens learn that the ruling Conservative policymakers have mishandled secret contacts with Earth and endangered the Fleet. Fans of hard SF will be well rewarded. (Sept.)
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Niven's latest foray into Known Space, his favorite imaginary universe, revisits the domain of the puppeteers, the perpetually nervous, two-headed extraterrestrials featured in his Ringworld series. In this collaboration with the author of Moonstruck (2005), Niven steps back a few centuries before Ringworld's discovery to witness the puppeteers' flight from a lethal explosion at the galactic core. To safeguard his species' fleet of migrating worlds from hostile forces, a veteran puppeteer starship pilot enlists an unlikely trio of human scientists for scouting missions ahead of the fleet's path. Raised from embryos apparently discovered on a derelict starship, the humans have known only servitude and a limited culture carefully tailored by their alien hosts. Yet a chance discovery on one of their space treks slices through a web of puppeteer lies and provokes rebellion when the humans learn their true home may be waiting for them on Earth. Lerner may be responsible for the exceptional freshness and suspense of this further chapter of Known Space lore, full of startling revelations about human and puppeteer politics. Hays, Carl --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Niven is a master. The fleet of worlds is a gateway story into a very engaging part of the "know space" universe and through the subsequent books of this series the reader... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kamau5
I used to love Larry Niven--still do love some of his older stuff. But this was really boring. Think it was needlessly drawn out so they could make 4 or 5 books or whatever this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adam
I was prepared to be excited as I was with the Ringworld stories. I found myself catching up on 200 years of Puppeteer/ Human etc. history before Ringworld was explored. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dennis Mark Burgess
Having been introduced to Puppeteers, Kzin, and Louis Wu via the Ringworld series, I began the Fleet of Worlds series with certain preconceptions. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sam Cochran
Niven is, as always, among the top Sci Fi Authors out there. This is a fantastic start to a great series.Published 4 months ago by xgecko
Many years ago I was a big Larry Niven fan. When he started to collaborate with other authors I lost interest. It seemed like he was just trading on his name. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Morning Edition Listener
This is an interesting prequel to Ringworld and the other Known Space novels I read over 30 years ago, but I found it ultimately unconvincing because of the ease with which the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charles Holst