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In Ringworld and Ringworld Engineers Larry Niven created Known Space, a universe in the distant future with a distinctive and complicated history. The center of this universe is Ringworld, an expansive hoop-shaped relic 1 million miles across and 600 million miles in circumference that is home to some 30 trillion diverse inhabitants. As in his past novels, Niven's characters in The Ringworld Throne spend their time unraveling the complex problems posed by their society. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
An honored SF writer returns to his best-known creation: the artificial world, built far from Earth by aliens over a half million years ago, in the form of a ring 600 million miles in diameter, hosting an astonishing multitude of inhabitants and cultures. This third fictional voyage to the Ringworld (after Ringworld, 1970, which won both the Hugo and the Nebula for best SF novel of that year, and Ringworld Engineers, 1980) offers two stories crowded into one. A motley array of hominid inhabitants are seeking to defeat a plague of vampires. Meanwhile, returning hero Louis Wu is battling what effectively is a plague of Protectors (superbeings common to many Niven novels) whose rivalries threaten Ringworld's existence. The battle against the vampires is the more exciting of the two stories, filled with action, scenes of the Ringworld and explorations of ritualistic interspecies sex. Wu's pursuit of the Protectors displays Niven's deft hand at portraying aliens, but the dialogue that fills in the backstory slows the narrative. Niven still ranks near the top of the SF field, but this outing is likely to satisfy determined Ringworld fans more than other readers.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
My least favorite of the three I've read thus far, mainly because the first half of the book dealt with a cast of characters I really didn't care much about. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John Lawson
Not worth reading...it's about people just traveling in the ring world, showing what kind of beings are there, like night scavengers that eat raw meat.Published 14 months ago by jawnn
Given that it is Niven you get a lot of good speculative science and character development. As usual the Ringworld is awesome in all it's myriad ways.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer