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The Ringworld Engineers Mass Market Paperback – November 12, 1985


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (November 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345334302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345334305
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry Niven has ideas the size of planets Time Out His tales have pulse-pounding narrative drive. Niven is a true master! Frederik Pohl --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 1.5-hour cassettes --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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LARRY NIVEN is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. He lives in Chatsworth, California. JERRY POURNELLE is an essayist, journalist, and science fiction author. He has advanced degrees in psychology, statistics, engineering, and political science. Together Niven and Pournelle are the authors of many New York Times bestsellers including Inferno, The Mote in God's Eye, Footfall, and Lucifer's Hammer.

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Very consistent writing with a great plot.
Sidney Hoopengardner
During this time period Larry Niven received ideas from his fans regarding the engineering behind ringworld.
Mark T. Mika
He really needed to step back a bit and put the big picture into perspective.
Utah Blaine

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Harvey H. Meeker on March 3, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Ringworld Engineers is the sequel to Ringworld. In Ringworld, Larry Niven introduced us to the concept of a world made in the shape of an extraordinarily large ring encircling a star. In this book he gives us answers to questions we might not have even asked about the Ringworld, but that others apparently did. After the publication of Ringworld, Niven received numerous pieces of correspondence from people offering helpful information about the details of how the Ringworld would actually function. Niven took inspiration from the enthusiasm of those people and created the Ringworld Engineers in part to publish the answers to important questions about the structure. Around those answers he has created a thoughtful and engaging story that adds in a positive way to the Ringworld legacy.

The basic premise behind the Ringworld Engineers is that twenty or so years have passed since Louis Wu and Speaker To Animals returned from the Ringworld. Since then, Louis has withdrawn into a life of ascetic practices livened up by his addiction to current stimulation. Speaker to Animals (who has earned his full name of Chmeee for the treasure he brought back from the original Ringworld adventure) lives a prosperous life on Kzin having earned high status from his Ringworld discoveries. The circumstance that brings Louis and Chmeee back to the Ringworld is one quite familiar to them, but the situation they face upon arriving on the Ringworld is quite different than when they left. The Ringworld is moving out of position around the sun and the only way for Louis and Chmeee to find out how to fix it lies with the origins of the Ringworld Engineers.

I found the Ringworld Engineers to be engaging and interesting wholely apart from the original Ringworld.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 1999
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What most people seem to have forgotten is that the Ringworld books (Ringworld, R.E., R.Thr.) aren't the only books in the series. ALL of the Known Space books must be taken as a whole. For instance, it's impossible to fully comprhend Ringworld E. without having read "Protector." All the known space books link together, PLUA the short stories. I suggest reading them all in chronological order and putting the pieces together yourselves. Sure, it will require more trips to the library, but, hey, whoever said life was easy?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brad on August 24, 2005
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I read this in a couple of days just because I had nothing else to do. I enjoyed it, but I enjoyed Ringworld more. The ending was wrapped up pretty quickly, like Niven was tired of writing about the Ringworld and just wanted to get it over with. That's not necessarily a bad thing, because I was tired of reading about the Ringworld at this point. I should have put a buffer between Ringworld and Ringworld Engineers by reading another book, perhaps something from the Ender Wiggin series. I still recommend Ringworld Engineers if you enjoyed Ringworld as it answers numerous questions you may or may not have had. After reading Ringworld and Ringworld Engineers, I think I'm going to pick up a few more novels by Niven.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By paul woods on September 4, 2002
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill Hensler VINE VOICE on February 3, 2004
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This is money well spent. I enjoyed this novel and spent nearly a whole night reading it in one sitting. I will never tire of Larry Niven when he sticks to Known Space, the best of his fiction areas. I like the Pupperteers, the Kzin, and Pac. Larry delivers a nearly perfect end to the Ringworld series. I have had personal conversations with him back in 1983 and he never intended to make more Known Space books. Note, you should read this novel before reading "Ringworld's Children", due out in Summer of 2004. Enjoy it, I did!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dan Shaffer on July 26, 2008
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Ringworld is a fantastic work, which unfortunately ended with many questions unanswered.

Although this work does answer many questions, such as who created the ringworld, their intentions, and how the world was created, unfortunately I was disappointed with the methods used to arrive at the conclusions.

The brings back Luis Wu and Speaker to Animals (renamed Chmee), while Nefus is replaced by his mate the Hindmost. There aren't any other major characters. The book concentrates on the travels of Wu and Chmee as they hope to unlock the secrets of the ringworld. And this is where the book falls apart.

Please refer to the review of Culver. I'm not as familiar with the series as Culver having only read the first book. I'm not a die hard fan. I just wanted a fun read. That's the problem, the book just isn't fun. There aren't any new characters. There really isn't much of a plot.

Wu travels from one village to the next. Nivan spends a lot of time discussing the people Wu encounters, but who cares, they ultimately do nothing, and the people don't contribute to the plot.

What got on my nerves the most was the ways the mysteries are solved, without really any clues. Wu and Chmee, neither of whom have a background in physics, are suddenly mathematical wizards capable of performing the most complex computations without the aid of a computer. Nivan goes on and on about the mathematics, yet anyone who has any knowledge of astronomy or physics, knows that the plan would never work in real life. So these diatribes of how these silly plans would work are pointless. And guess what? Since's it's Nivan's work, Wu and Chmee are always right!

The origin of the Ringworld engineers is arrived at without any evidence. An obvious guess.
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