The Smoke Ring

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In the free-fall environment of the Smoke Ring, descendants of the crew of theDisciplineno longer remember their Earth roots or the existence of Sharls Davis Kendy, the despot of the ship. Only Jeffer, the Citizens Tree Scientist, knows that Kendy is still watching and waiting. Then, when the Citizens Tree people rescue a family of loggers, they learn of the Admiralty, a large society living amid the floating debris called the Clump. It is likely that the Admiralty has maintained, intact,Discipline's original ...

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Overview

In the free-fall environment of the Smoke Ring, descendants of the crew of theDisciplineno longer remember their Earth roots or the existence of Sharls Davis Kendy, the despot of the ship. Only Jeffer, the Citizens Tree Scientist, knows that Kendy is still watching and waiting. Then, when the Citizens Tree people rescue a family of loggers, they learn of the Admiralty, a large society living amid the floating debris called the Clump. It is likely that the Admiralty has maintained, intact,Discipline's original computer library. Exploration is a temptation neither Jeffer nor Kendy can resist, and neither will ever be the same again.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The setting of Niven's 1984 novel The Integral Trees was striking and imaginative, even for this acclaimed world builder; it's well worth the second visit made in this sequel. Around a neutron star an envelope of gas holds a breathable atmosphere and a strange profusion of plant and animal life, all floating in free-fall. Five hundred years after the crew of the Earth ship Discipline mutinied and deserted to this paradise, their descendants are still watched over by the ship's unbalanced computer mind. The machine is busy manipulating its one small contact group into exploring the larger city they have been avoiding for years. Aspects of this society are intriguingfor instance, the disdain of the better-adapted taller, thinner people for the ``dwarfish'' throwbacks, even though only the short can fit into the scientific relics of the old ship. As usual with Niven, character and story are just an excuse for working out the properties of his wonderful imaginary world, where people can fly like birds and ponds full of fish hang in midair. Unfortunately, in this book he fails to marshal the visual and dramatic flair needed to show it off to best effect. (May 1)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482947908
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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