Ringworld (Known Space Series)

Ringworld (Known Space Series)

by Larry Niven

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ISBN-13: 9780345333926
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1985
Series: Known Space Series
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 80,102
Product dimensions: 4.13(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.86(d)
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

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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Ringworld (Known Space Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been greatly misplaced. It needs to be included in the classics section of every bookstore. It tells the story of the human species impeeding doom due to our over population. It also explores theories behind human thought. Is Teela Brown incredibly lucky, or is it Louis's delusionary vision of her? The rumor of her luck has spread and turned into reality by people's altered perceptions. This alienates her from society, placing her as some sort of a god. Although not as tradgic as the other titles I listed, Ringworld is an exploration into human thought as well as exploration into the great unknown.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing 4 days ago
This was a fun, smooth read, with an unobtrusive style, appealing characters and a unique landscape. The point-of-view protagonist, Louis Wu, is a human with three intriguing companions: a woman who might be a lucky charm, a "puppeteer," a member of a "cowardly" herbivore species, and a Kzin, a member of an aggressive feline species who had waged wars against humanity. Together they explore "Ringworld" a created world with the area of several earths. Basically the novel follows the basic quest plot, but is lifted beyond the ordinary because of the engaging characters and the dynamic between them and a twist I didn't see coming that involves an interesting working out of a scientific conceit. The novel definitely left me interested in reading more of the series.
dege on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The story of the Ringworld takes place in a distant future when man is living side by side with other alien lifeforms such as kzin and puppeteers. Mortality is available at choice and distances on earth has been reduced to zero using instantaneous travel. In this world Louis Wu is getting restless, being 200 years old he has seen it all and experienced even more. Thus when a puppeteer approach him a a tantalizing suggestion, he after while agrees. The prospect is to find the Ringworld. The Ringworld is a world built in the shape of a ring, the size of the earth orbit, rotating around a small star in an otherwise cleared area of space far distant to any known civilization. The Ringworld engineers ruled this place which with is vast area have room for all diversities sentient life can come up with. Embarking on a hazardous journey, the small company of Louis Wu set out to find and explore this world.The story is very well written without losing the main thread. The pace is though somewhat slow in the first half of the book but increase as the events on the Ringworld takes place. As in most science fiction novels, some hurdles which seem almost impossible to clear are solved using yet-another-too-futuristic-invention which as always tires me. Not being restricted by the laws of nature sometimes makes it too tempting for authors to back out of corners in two sentences, the result is mostly tiring, although amusing at times. The physical appearance of the book is the usual mass-market paperback style, fitted with a truly horrible cover that not only boasts an image clearly painted by someone that never read the book but also with the usual superlatives which in this case forms the stomachturning sentence: "The legendary award-winning classic!".All in all, this is a very good book clearly on par with books such as Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card and The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke. If you like science fiction, this is clearly a book which should reside in your home (but do buy the hardcover version).
Homechicken on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I just finished reading an older (70¿s are older??) SciFi book, Ringworld, by Larry Niven. It was an interesting book, and it amazes me how far you have to go back before SciFi starts dating itself (read Triplanetary by E. E. Smith for examples of dated SciFi). Anyway, it was about this discovery of an artifical ring created around a sun to house a vast civilization. It was huge, 6 million times larger than the surface of the Earth, the ring was 1 million miles wide and the sides were 1000 miles high. It orbited its star at 93 million miles, just like Earth, but goes all the way around. That¿s a bit too big for me to imagine. I was getting to the end of the book and started to worry because the story hadn¿t been resolved, and sure enough, the author wrapped it all up in like 2 pages. Not near enough closure for me, but it was an interesting read. I don¿t think I¿ll read the sequel, but all in all it wasn¿t bad, but it doesn¿t rate real high on my must-recommend list.
nakmeister on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Ringworld is the most stunning artifact in known space - an artificial world with 3 million times Earth's surface area. A classic science fiction novel, awe inspiring, deals with big concepts.
aradosh on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Fun Sci-fi read along the lines of Heinlein or Haldeman. Enjoyed it.
dvf1976 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The idea of an inhabitable space a million times the size of the Earth is kind of mind-bending (as well as unlikely for the next few millenia)My main beef with this book is that the aliens behave a lot like humans.
clong on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Ringworld is another book that opintions seem to split on fairly evenly. And while I can certainly understand some of the things about the book that folks object to, count me squarely in the "I've read it half a dozen times and loved it every time" camp. I think that Niven is a dazzlingly inventive author. Some of his books are great, some are not so hot, but they all start with an imaginitive concept (usually about some really cool planet or alien race), which Niven then proceeds to make surprisingly plausible. Ringworld is one of his more effective realizations, and when you add an interesting group of characters, an engaging plot, and an economy of narrative you end up with a really great read. Each chapter is important to the story and surprising. I found the later Ringworld books much more of a mixed bag, but I wholeheartedly recommend the original.
petrojoh on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A fully fleshed out world, complete with mathematics (for better or worse).
djfoobarmatt on LibraryThing 3 months ago
It's a bit old school now but you'll recognise all sorts of ideas in this book that seem to have made it into star trek and other more recent sci-fi. There's even a kind of chewbacca/klingon character. It takes place in the future and is based around a journey of discovery taken by a group of two humans and two aliens of different races. It is basically a reconosance mission to a newly discovered world to try and find out what it is and where it came from.It differs from most science fiction I read that was written more recently in that it spends more time describing the mechanics of how things work and just relies on stereo-types and simple ideas to portray the characters.Watch out for the monofilament fibres and stasis fields!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great starter, Foundation like in style.
Kerry_Nietz More than 1 year ago
I picked up Ringworld because it is on a lot of “Best sci-fi” lists, not to mention being a Hugo and Nebula award winner. I figured any book with that much praise is probably worth reading. The eBook cover isn’t doing Ringworld any favors in that regard. There is nothing about it that screams “buy me!” It certainly doesn’t illustrate a book that is now considered a classic. So what did I think of the story? Here’s how it shakes out for me... Like many of the classic sci-fi novels, this is an “big idea” book, and that’s where it shines. The idea of a ring-like construction around a star, and all the engineering and problems behind it, good stuff. I also appreciated the sci-fi gadgets, the ships, and other pseudo-scientific “magic”. All interesting, and primarily what kept the pages turning for me. The characters and cultures were generally well-drawn too. I especially liked the two principle alien characters—Speaker-to-Animals and Nessus the puppeteer. Niven did a good job of making their motivations and behaviors seem truly alien. I could’ve used more of both characters. The plot itself is the weakest point of the book. In some ways it is reminiscent of Clarke’s “Rendezvous with Rama” in that it is all about exploring this mysterious object in space. That other book was more compelling for me, though, even if less was discovered about the object. The Ringworld plot sort of meanders from one disconnected scenario to another. Primarily the plot exists to move readers around the ring and expound on it. Consequently, it is always on the verge of dragging. I think part of the problem there too was, while the characters are interesting, they aren’t necessarily likable. Even to each other! While they are an exploration team, they never really act like one. There is clearly a 70s-era progressive mindset present, in that relationships are generally for pleasure or mutual benefit—easily disposable when something better comes along. In the end, that makes the story feel as hollow as the ring itself.
PatrickKanouse More than 1 year ago
I decided to re-read Ringworld over vacation, for it had been years since I read it. The novel has always reminded me of Rendezvous with Rama: the exploration of a vast alien artifact. Obviously, with many differences, but nonetheless, a "similar" feel. In both cases, the mystery of the novel is the mystery of the artifact: how it was created and why was it created and what the heck happened? Louis Wu, a 200-year old human, is approached by Nessus, a Puppeteer. Nessus asks Wu to join a crew that will explore an ancient artifact. Along with Nessus and Wu, Teela Brown--a young woman who for a time is Wu's lover, and Speaker-to-Animals, a Kzin, join the expedition. The novel itself is basically the exploration's vessel crashlands, they seek to find an escape, and learn a bit about the ringworld and other things. Much of the novel deals with interspecies differences and how they approach those differences along with the effect of Teela's and Louis's age difference. This greatly simplifies the plot, but that is the essence of it. What matters in this novel is the exploration and character interactions, which is what has made it a classic. The world is richly developed, retaining its mystery despite several hundred pages. Wu, Teela, Speaker-to-Animals, and Nessus are given lots of room be themselves and interact. I found Nessus the most interesting, for he has as much mystery--as do the Puppeteers in general--as the ringworld. I found Teela to be the most uninteresting primarily because she is too one-dimensional, I think--as if Niven was over emphasizing her youthfulness and boxed her into that pattern. Still, this is a novel well worth reading. It is deserving of its classic status.
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Marty0 More than 1 year ago
I Absolutely love this book.
Joel_M More than 1 year ago
This book was more an exercise in world building than anything else. For the most part it feels like the point of the book is "let's explore this awesome Dyson sphere variation while examining inter-species relationships." There is definitely character development that takes place as well, but to me it comes off as primarily an exploration and survival book. The world explored is incredibly interesting, but I found the main character a bit distasteful. He is a bored-with-life 200 year old man who is pragmatic, self-centered, sex-obsessed, and unlike the other characters seems very little changed/improved by the whole experience. The storytelling was a bit jerky, and I though the foreshadowing regarding a big plot point toward the end was incredibly obvious. Overall: I'm glad I read this for the excellent world-building but probably won't bother to ever read it again.
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