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Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    "All Things Must Pass" (G. Harrison)

    I have been a dedicated reader of Larry Niven for over forty years and have enjoyed the maturation of his work and the continuing adventures of his favorite recurring characters. At the same time I can sense Mr. Niven's growing fatigue in returning to this well of ideas and his efforts to define some plot boundaries and new directions for others to develop.

    I measure Mr. Niven's strongest works by my desire to buy the book simply because it represents the continuation of some of his greatest SF and speculative fiction premises, but also on my habit to return to the same book months or years later to appreciate writing or plot nuances that I missed the first time. The "Worlds" series has not held my interest nearly as well as it has proven to be the retelling of his original Known Space series from the perspective of new characters or previously peripheral players.

    Fate of Worlds reminds me of an essay that Larry Niven published in one of his sampler collections from 20 or so years ago. The title was "Down In Flames" and it outlined the deconstruction of his Known Space universe. Fate of Worlds does not go quite that far, but it attempts to reshape and to put as much distance among key alien and near-alien cultures from his universe as possible.

    As such, it is an adequate - albeit vaguely dissatisfying way for Niven and Lerner to retire so much of Niven's Universe that he committed a literary lifetime to build. Perhaps his pruning has left enough story elements behind for his franchise Man-Kzin Wars to continue as well as a couple of other cultures that merit development.

    The writing was an improvement over the final Ringworld novel, and perhaps some of the books from this series as well. You can almost feel Niven's fatigue or boredom with his story within his Louis Wu and other protagonists - who have become more like observers of the end than participants in the advancement of the story. It's a good thing that E. Lerner was included as a collaborating author in this series.

    I wish Mr. Niven a long and happy life and a satisfying retirement, in the company of his friends and family. If I am wrong about the retirement, then I hope that he will be blessed with a recharge to his store of creativity that will please another generation of readers for years to come.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Inadequate conclusion

    This book does not do a very good job of wrapping up the short series it purports to conclude and leaves far too many loose strings to the other series to which it relates. A good enough read, but quite a disappointment in terms of content.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2012

    Great end to the series

    I had no idea this was coming out, it was a pleasant surprise. I'm sad to see it end as it was one of my favorite series, but I guess it can't go on forever. If you loved the books before, and who wouldn't, then definitely follow up with this one.

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