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Ringworld: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – September 12, 1985
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A new place is being built, a world of huge dimensions, encompassing millions of miles, stronger than any planet before it. There is gravity, and with high walls and its proximity to the sun, a livable new planet that is three million times the area of the Earth can be formed. We can start again!
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Larry Niven was born in 1938 in Los Angeles, California. In 1956, he entered the California Institute of Technology, only to flunk out a year and a half later after discovering a bookstore jammed with used science-fiction magazines. He graduated with a B.A. in mathematics (minor in psychology) from Washburn University, Kansas, in 1962, and completed one year of graduate work before he dropped out to write. His first published story, “The Coldest Place,” appeared in the December 1964 issue of Worlds of If. He won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1966 for “Neutron Star” and in 1974 for “The Hole Man.” The 1975 Hugo Award for Best Novelette was given to The Borderland of Sol. His novel Ringworld won the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmar, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.
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This publisher is apparently a "literary agency" that seems to specialize in putting backlists back in circulation in ebook form. In this case, the author could have done a better job himself.
For tanj sake, Spectrum, hire a proofer. If you show this little class and respect to a major title from a major name, I can't imagine what you do to smaller ones.
But after listening to the Audible version of this book, I could barely get through even the sample of the book because listening to the narrator was a lot like biting on aluminum foil, or sliding down Olympus Mons by your fingernails with a ground made of chalkboard. So I decided that I could forgo the spoken version in lieu of own imagination, as disappointing a choice this was.
However, I've never heard of this editing company before I saw this ebook, and, upon looking into it after being repeatedly insulted by such poor editorship, I looked online, on its "website," it honesty like it operates out of someone's basement.
The reason I removed a star from this book is because of the fact that this ebook has the worst editing I've ever seen in my life! As I looked at the photos of this Mickey Mouse operation, it shows two people at cheap desks, and it's hard not to think that that they might be relatives of Mr. Niven who who received a "gimme" because of their close family ties, as the site is so cheaply made that's it's easy to believe that these two -- a teenager and his "Mom" perhaps? -- because no professional company would ever release such printed drivel and expect to remain in operation in the world of print. I wonder why Tor was not the printing company...
The word "you" is the most battered, coming out as "yon," other words are either spelled incorrectly because of the normal location-based keyboard accidents, but for others, there simply is NO explanation for how any typist could have tapped most of these words into a line. And worst of all, some mistakes are SO incorrect that, unless you have a vocabulary that's extremely well versed in not just SciFi but in Known Space, you will likely end up not having the slightest idea what the writer is saying!
If you can find this book from any OTHER editing company, I suggest you do so!
Still, The Ringworld Engineers is one of my favorites, maybe more than Ringworld itself. If you liked reading Ringworld, you will love The Ringworld Engineers.
Ringworld stood out as inventive, exciting and a natural page turner. Decades past and I found myself returning to my mission of reading sci fi with a renewed interest. After reading a number of new books I found myself skimming through titles of my old favorites from days gone by. Ringworld was my first choice with the full intention of reading the entire series. I was not disappointed.
Once again I was swept away to deep space riding along with old, familiar friends. I quickly found myself immersed in the adventure with a appitite I hadn't felt for a long time.
Ringworld is one of the most original stories I have ever read. A beautiful balance between fascinating characters and adventurous challenges. True story telling at it's best by one of the genre's greats.
The story takes place sufficiently far enough in the future to allow anything to exist or happen. This includes technology, aliens, and lifestyles. We are introduced in the first chapters to our characters of the crew for this extraordinary journey. Next we travel in exotic spacecraft, several different ones in fact, to parts unknown. The third act takes place at the Ringworld itself.
I highly recommend Ringworld to anyone that enjoys sci fi adventure. You won't be disappointed!
The problem with that adaptation was that it was really only the first half of the book, and just when some action started, then the book ended.
So I had to get the book, because I wanted to know what happened.
And I read and enjoyed the book There is a quest to a mysterious world, and there is an interesting if maybe two-dimensional cast of characters. The problem for me was that it didn’t really get going for me until about page 200 of my edition. You could chalk that up to me having read a good bit of it already in graphic form, but the reality is that there is a lot of exposition done through a sort of “we’re getting the band back together” sport of way. I suppose when this was written it was more like a magnificient seven sort of way, but I digress.
So it does get going, there is some loss of characters you grow to like, and then it ends.
Not in a satisfying way, but one that seems like it was set up for sequels. The problem was that though the book was good in itself, I’m not sure if it was good enough to make me want to read more in the world. At least the exposition is out of the way.