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''Niven's masterly use of SF strategies once more hits every note, springing surprises and plot turns with dizzying pace.'' --Los Angeles Times
''Niven has come up with an idea about as far out as one can get . . . This is certainly classic science fiction -- the idea is truly the hero.'' --Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
?Niven has come up with an idea about as far out as one can get. . . . This is certainly classic science fiction?the idea is truly the hero.? ?Asimov?s Science Fiction Magazine
When leaving Earth, the crew of the spaceship Discipline was prepared for a routine assignment. Dispatched by the all-powerful State on a mission of interstellar exploration and colonization, Discipline was aided (and secretly spied upon) by Sharls Davis Kendy, an emotionless computer intelligence programmed to monitor the loyalty and obedience of the crew. But what they weren?t prepared for was the smoke ring?an immense gaseous envelope that had formed around a neutron star directly in their path. The Smoke Ring was home to a variety of plant and animal life-forms evolved to thrive in conditions of continual free-fall. When Discipline encountered it, something went wrong. The crew abandoned ship and fled to the unlikely space oasis.
Five hundred years later, the descendants of the Discipline crew living on the Smoke Ring no longer remember their origins. Earth is more myth than memory, and no recollection of the State remains. But Kendy remembers. And just outside the Smoke Ring, Discipline waits patiently to make contact with its wayward children.
Good book as far as non-hard sci-fi goes. Interesting concept of an alternative universe. The maps provided in the front of the book help to understand the nature of this universe... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric Wilson
Probably the best of NIven's novels. This book is set in a particularly ingenious solar system in which there is a livable zero-low gravity biosphere. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Albin
I first read this book back in grade school, and something reminded me of it as I sat at work nearly 2 decades later. Read morePublished 5 months ago by CHASE A ROMAN
...Conceptually his masterpiece. A plausible environment in which human life thrives in the absence of any planet-- a real brain stretcher, well beyond "Ringworld."Published 9 months ago by taosjohn
Fast shipment, item in pristine condition and its a hardcover too, stoked!!!Published 10 months ago by brian c.p. lee
Doesn't have the humor or character development in Ringworld, but this world is equally imaginative.Published 13 months ago by technicat