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Fleet of Worlds (Known Space Series)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    In 2198 Earth standard time, the Citizens of the Ice World captured the human colonial space ship Long Pass. Over the half of millennium since, the Citizens aka as Puppeteers carefully bred the humans to insure docility and obedience to their masters, and indoctrinated their drones with tales of rescuing the original crew drifting in space. Thus by 2650, human Colonists are loyal to their string pulling masters. However, Colonist explorers led by Citizen Nessus contact the starfish shaped Gw'oth, who in a few generations converted from fire to atomic fusion. If the geometric rate of technological progress continues the Colonists fear that in the not too distant future, the ¿primitive¿ Gw¿oth will move ahead of humanity. The crew finds shocking evidence that the Citizens, who seemingly have vanished, are actively involved, but that they lied about the twenty-second century original encounter. Thus as the Fleet of Worlds flees to avoid the radioactive waves emitting concentrically out from the galaxy core¿s deadly supernova chain reaction, Colonist Kirsten Quinn and her crew who scout ahead of the fleeing orbs thinks otherwise. She believes the Gw¿oth are light years ahead as they use a collective mindset to solve issues that enable the species to make geometric leaps in technology in a short time. --- FLEET OF WORLDS is an interesting Puppeteer entry that will be difficult for newcomers to fathom how the Colonists got to where they are without reading at least RINGWORLD. The story line is action-paced as the FLEET OF WORLDS flees the destruction of the galaxy while also for the first time since the captivity in the middle of the twenty-second century, humans questions their origin. Larry Niven¿s fans will appreciate his collaboration with Edward M. Lerner as this is an exciting outer space thriller. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Coalheap

    The coalheap is where the leader, co-leader and deputy will stand while Windstar makes announcements. A cleft i in the middle, forming Windstar's den, and it is lit as light dapples through the loose-knit coal.

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

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    What's happened?

    I have been a fan of Larry Niven for many years. His earlier novels were great. The early Ringworld series, and many others were exciting and constantly moving, with new events and excitement in almost every chapter.

    Now, whenever I see a co-author, it seems the stories are poorly written. Why does Niven need a co-author to ruin his work? I found this book to be full of needless descriptions, constantly jumping from scene to scene, and very little excitement, until near the end. But with so many characters, and constant jumping, I had a hard time getting through the middle of the book.

    I can't recommend any of his new novels with a co-author, and I certainly won't buy any more of these. It's time to find a more exciting writer, or, at least, forget any Niven books with co-authors.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Man meets Cow in Space

    Humans venture into galactic space. They encounter foul play at the hands of a superior race. Human descendent's are raised as a captive race. These human "Colonists" endeavor to discover their origins.

    Doesn't sound too interesting, until you realize that the superior race has bovine characteristics. The behaviors, mannerisms and politics all take on a new twist when the master race is made up of vegetarians who spook easily and enjoy close contact for that "herd" experience.
    Characters, human and alien are well developed. While I prefer action in my space operas, I found myself amused and engrossed in the Fleet of Worlds, in a way usually reserved for mystery novels. While an occasional poorly crafted sentence interrupted the flow, Larry Niven does a fine job with a rich story line. There are as many chuckles as there are engrossing moments, and surprises at the end fulfilled my need for an action packed ending. Get it.

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

    Juggler of worlds Niven

    500 years ago the Puppetters happened on a disabled Earth ship(22nd century) and did what all species do, realized that they had found a source of cheap/free labor. They had no intention of sharing the wonders of discovery only that with this influx of unwitting human assistance they could control reproduction/education levels and tailor it to their needs.. But as they will see it will come at a price, while at the same time having to flee the catacalism at the galactic core and pissing off the Kzin and the Outsiders and Ausfeller. This is a very good read. Don't miss the the resolution of this Trilogy.. " Destroyer of Worlds" this Nov,2009,,,,, get it...

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    Those Who Lead From Behind

    If you like Larry Niven and his Known Space series you will want to read this book. This book fills in some gaps between the start of the Man/Kzin Wars and the Ringworld. This ia the earliest (in the timeline) story of Nessus and his infatuation with The Hindmost. I have yet to find a book with Larry's name on the spine that I didn't like.

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