Ringworld

Ringworld

Larry Niven / Apr 03, 2020
Ringworld Pierson s puppeteers three leg two head aliens find immense structure in unexplored part of the universe Frightened of meeting the builders they send a team of two humans a puppeteer and a kzin ei
  • Title: Ringworld
  • Author: Larry Niven
  • ISBN: 9780345257765
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pierson s puppeteers, three leg two head aliens find immense structure in unexplored part of the universe Frightened of meeting the builders, they send a team of two humans, a puppeteer and a kzin, eight foot red fur catlike alien Ringworld is 180 million miles across, sun at center But the expedition crashes, and crew face disastrously long trek.
    Ringworld TV Movie A fantasy drama series based on the novels about an interstellar utopian society by Scottish author Iain M Banks It follows Ty Jones, the top cadet of the Aurora Academy, and his unwanted squad of misfits and losers as they slowly realize that the girl they rescued from hundreds of years of Ringworld A Novel Niven, Larry Nov , Ringworld itself is a fantastic set piece but I struggled to connect with any of the characters The aliens were almost one dimensional, but perhaps I am judging them too quickly, but they didn t really surprise me at any point The human characters, though, were just not very interesting. Ringworld Ringworld, by Larry Niven Ringworld is definitely a sci fi classic, a monumental achievement in world building Any sci fi aficionados who dont like it should be ashamed of themselves. Ringworld Known Space Series by Larry Niven, Paperback Sep , About the Author Larry Niven was born in in Los Angeles, California In , 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. Ringworld Larry Niven Wiki Fandom Ringworld Book Series In Order Louis Gridely Wu is the main character in the Ringworld series He is known as one of the Flatlanders, and at over six feet tall he literally stands out in a crowd The story opens when he is celebrating his th birthday in the year . Ringworld Series by Larry Niven Ringworld Series primary works total works This is a sub series of Larry Niven s Known Space universe and eventually merges with the Fleet of Worlds series Fate of Worlds is the fifth and final book in both the Ringworld series AND the fifth and final book in the Fleet of Worlds series. Ringworld series The Ringworld series is a series of science fiction novels written by American author Larry Niven It is part of his Known Space set of stories Its backdrop is the Ringworld, a giant artifact million miles in circumference around a star. Cosmic Megastructures Could We Build a Ringworld Sep , Niven figured a Ringworld would have a thickness of a few thousand feet, and require raw materials with a mass equal to that of Jupiter Mountain walls a
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      • Larry Niven

        Laurence van Cott Niven s best known work is Ringworld Ringworld, 1 1970 , which received the Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics The creation of thoroughly worked out alien species, which are very different from humans both physically and mentally, is recognized as one of Niven s main strengths.Niven also often includes elements of detective fiction and adventure stories His fantasy includes The Magic Goes Away series, which utilizes an exhaustible resource, called Mana, to make the magic a non renewable resource Niven created an alien species, the Kzin, which were featured in a series of twelve collection books, the Man Kzin Wars He co authored a number of novels with Jerry Pournelle In fact, much of his writing since the 1970s has been in collaboration, particularly with Pournelle, Steven Barnes, Brenda Cooper, or Edward M Lerner.He briefly attended the California Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics with a minor in psychology from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, in 1962 He did a year of graduate work in mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles He has since lived in Los Angeles suburbs, including Chatsworth and Tarzana, as a full time writer He married Marilyn Joyce Fuzzy Pink Wisowaty, herself a well known science fiction and Regency literature fan, on September 6, 1969.Niven won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story for Neutron Star in 1967 In 1972, for Inconstant Moon, and in 1975 for The Hole Man In 1976, he won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette for The Borderland of Sol.Niven has written scripts for various science fiction television shows, including the original Land of the Lost series and Star Trek The Animated Series, for which he adapted his early Kzin story The Soft Weapon He adapted his story Inconstant Moon for an episode of the television series The Outer Limits in 1996.He has also written for the DC Comics character Green Lantern including in his stories hard science fiction concepts such as universal entropy and the redshift effect, which are unusual in comic bookscmillan author larryn

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    1. A very interesting concept.BUT, I have to get on my soapbox for a minute After reading a few of his books, I have to say that Larry Niven s attitude towards women, what they are like and what they are capable of, is sadly lacking Though his male characters seem to be pretty well fleshed out human even if they are alien fallible and interesting , his female characters are sadly one dimensional It seems to me that most the female character in his books are either clueless, idiot savants, helpless [...]


    2. I started this book expecting an awesome experience it won the Hugo AND Nebula awards, after all.Too bad it was a hot mess The smile is because the book was lighthearted.What to say of Niven s prose, other than that it is horrible The dialog is stilted often it is impossible to tell what the characters are talking about because their references are unclear or new information necessary to understand WTF is going on passes through the cardboard cutout protagonist s head only after the page long co [...]


    3. I d wanted to read this because I m a fan of the Halo video games, and I d heard that it was a big influence on those I gotta say that I d have liked it if the Master Chief would have shown up and started chucking some plasma grenades around.Set in 2855, human Louis Wu is recruited by an alien named Nessus to go on a hazardous mission to explore a strange structure that rings a distant star Another alien called Speaker To Animals from a warrior race apparently descended from some really tough t [...]


    4. Ringworld is definitely a sci fi classic, a monumental achievement in world building Any sci fi aficionados who don t like it should be ashamed of themselves.Argh It s never pleasant to go against the conventional wisdom but over at PrintSF online SF discussion community I see a lot of comments along the line of I really want to like this book because everybody say it s great, what am I missing I think a lot of people try too hard to like certain books and I don t know why, it does not entail th [...]


    5. I can t believe this won three big awards The story is about as interesting as the trade war minutia of Episodes 1 3 of Star Wars In non geeky terms, not very interesting Actually as I went out to buy a cup of coffee this morning I thought that if Larry Niven had teamed up with George Lucas the prequel episodes of Star Wars could have been totally ruined, and maybe episodes 4 6 could have been reworked too to make them completely insipid and unwatchable How Well, Larry Niven seems to be really i [...]


    6. Not much I can say about this It blew my mind.In order for you to truly appreciate Ringworld you would have to mentally backtrack forty odd years Big Ideas in Science Fiction are a dime a dozen Today.But in 1970 Perhaps Niven s vision upstaged his characters Perhaps But I could still lose myself on the ring It fascinated me then it fascinates me now This novel made authors sit up and pay attention to just how big you could think if you really applied your imagination Also, I ve spent years wrack [...]


    7. On Luis Wu s 200th birthday, he is approached by Nessus, a quasi equine alien species knows as Puppeteers because of the two heads sprouting from their backs that are tethered by strands of skin, to undertake a remarkable journey Being 200 years old, Luis has seen his share of the universe, so he is a bit skeptical when Nessus asks him to join a force of beings to explore the mysterious Ringworld So far so good Enter the rest of the cast First off, I have no problem with how any alien is created [...]


    8. Radio waves move at the speed of light This is not particularly noticeable on Earth, but if you were at the sun, it would take eight and a half minutes for a signal to reach you, which would make a phonecall rather awkward It would be even worse at the next closest star, Proxima Centauri, where messages take four years Thus, the speed of light is the rate at which information moves, at which change change can propagate.But most people don t think, when watching Star Trek, that Captain Picard sho [...]


    9. I m afraid this made me want to punch Larry Niven in the stomach on the behalf of all women everywhere Along with people who aren t so privileged that life bores them with its comforts, but mostly on behalf of women A 180 year old man sleeping with a 20 year old woman Just so wrong, and it keeps going wrong He writes things about Teela like Her lips, he saw, were perfect for pouting She was one of those rare, lucky women whom crying does not make ugly It is painfully condescending, even as her [...]


    10. this book was silly the ringworld was a cool idea, and the interplay between the species was intriguing, but there were a lot of strikes against this book anthropomorphic cat people that are fierce proud warriors i imagine the furry contingent had a field day with this one not much happens in the latter half of this book mostly a lot of traveling across the ringworld at several points there are lengthy sections where i m unable to tell what s going on because i can t visualize the strange concep [...]


    11. I have a lot of faith in science fiction but this one dented it it s a daft cartoon of a novel in which there s this really big, you know, I mean giant big big enormous, like, world, and these aliens go there, and they droop and mumble about in it, and it s really big, and one of them looks like a carpet and the other looks like a diplodocus, and the other like an old chinaman cause you got to have an old chinaman in your far future novels, yeah It was showered with awards but i would have showe [...]


    12. The concept of a ringworld is wonderful Niven s story, not so much, yet good enough to entice me back into after the mega structure on t otherside of the universe is currently topical if indeed, anyone could use the term otherside when talking about our curving and folding universe Great fun for sci fi week here on.A Dyson sphere is a hypothetical megastructure that completely encompasses a star and captures most or all of its power output.TED Talk Tabetha Boyajian Astronomer Tabetha Boyajian is [...]


    13. Larry Niven takes a lot of shit A lot Without ever reading a word of his before I have heard him called a racist, a sexist pig and a dolt If the racist statements attributed to him are true, well, that is deplorable but everything I can find about them is 2nd or 3rd hand and seems to be of fairly questionable authenticity Even in the worst case I can enjoy a Roman Polanski or Woody Allen movie so I should be able to enjoy a Larry Niven book right He is notthat bad As far as the sexism goes, thes [...]


    14. This was a blast to read It was great, escapist, old school science fiction at its best It s a pretty light read, with fast moving short chapters all in single narrative The story is a classic exploration tale taking place on an alien artefact that is one of the most amazing concepts ever imagined in my opinion The Ringworld is an enormous artificial ribbon one million miles wide with the diameter of Earth s orbit It s basically a partial dyson sphere Take Christmas ribbon, an inch wide, the kin [...]


    15. I find it hard to believe anyone got through this one, let alone its whole legion of sequels and spin offs.The Ringworld is such a cool concept but it s SO poorly described, I defy anyone to picture what the hell Niven is on about It was black and on the horizon blue, a ribbon, several squares were hovering there like WHAT Take some time to do this thing justice, mate We re gonna be spending a deal of time there It takes too long to get to Ringworld, then when they do, nothing happens Plus I cou [...]


    16. There s a word often bandied about when people discuss books, particularly fantasy and science fiction books, which often involve the creation of worlds unlike our own That term is perhaps unsurprisingly worldbuilding And if ever there were a paradigm case for worldbuilding, Ringworld would be it The eponymous structure is not a planet but, for all intents and purposes, functions as one With a simple concept and a little bit of physics, Larry Niven has a striking novum that s brand, setting, and [...]


    17. Being an engineer by nature, and by training 10 yrs at MIT , when I read this book in the 1970s I went supernova Massive engineering on an unimaginable scale, made real by Niven Fabulous


    18. The world is coming to an end A chain reaction of exploding stars at the galactic core threatens to swamp earth and most of known human space What When Oh in 20000 years or so Whew, don t scare me like that So what s the rush Well, there s no point waiting till the last minute Or so the cowardly Puppeteer aliens reckon as they hit the panic button, pick up stakes, and make like a chook with its head cut off make that two heads Oh but wait, one brave insane puppeteer volunteers to head a mixed al [...]


    19. Niven s Ringworld idea is really, really cool Cool enough that he got the Hugo for this book in 1970 I know he got the Hugo for the Ringworld concept, because nothing else in the book conceivably justifies it Wading through the book was very difficult for me mostly because of Niven s Dirty Old Man Syndrome That s the way I refer to his incredibly chauvinistic depictions of women The protagonist is a 200 year old cynical man who manages to snag a 20 year old, naive young lady as his sex toy in th [...]


    20. I recently reread this and it s still delightful after all these years Niven is so much fun because of his fascinating ideas, and the playfulness with which he approaches them The ringworld is a beautiful work of art, technology, and imagination Ditto time stasis fields, mirrored focusing sunflowers, using generated gravity as an art form, hurricanes shaped like giant human eyes Even fun are the glories of the Puppeteer home planets flying to the edge of the galaxy in a kemplerer rosette steppi [...]


    21. I don t remember anything of the story, let me say at the outset I think it was entirely forgettable.The only things I remember are the kzin the huge catlike alien and Ringworld itself From an engineer s point of view, this world is an absolute delight a ring circling a sun at the centre, a whole world existing on it with shades provided at uniform intervals to simulate nightWhat I wouldn t have given to be part of the engineering team that designed it


    22. The magic intersection point of the old and new styles of SF basically, Golden Age space opera with cool aliens, but also including sex The sex isn t with the cool aliens, in case you were wondering that s James Tiptree Jr you re thinking of If you are an SF fan and have never been to the Ringworld, try and visit them some time If you re not particularly into SF, well, these days Iain M Banks does the same kind of thing better, so I would recommend reading Consider Phlebas , Player of Games or U [...]



    23. What is Ringworld Ringworld is a curiously contradictory science fiction novel For a novel so concerned with the finer details of the exact science of alien technology it also features some bizarrely pseudo scientific fantasy conceptions However, it s use of technology and its ideas are an indication alone as to why it should be read despite some major flaws which become obvious as the reader delves further into the story.Larry Niven s novel is claimed as a major influence of the critically acc [...]


    24. Ringworld a Young Adult book that exemplifies the key elements of technology driven fiction, and so embodies the new generation of science fiction and SF writers Ok, that may be how the review would start if this book were written in the 2010s But Ringworld is from a different era the 1970s , a different world altogether pre Microsoft Earth What was then hailed as an innovative narrative style may now be viewed as stunted and disjointed But for a young mind just opening to the wonders of science [...]


    25. Executive Summary This book is a lot of big ideas, and not a lot of depth of character or plot If you like that sort of thing, you may enjoy this.Full ReviewThis book was a tough one for me It makes it a tough one to review as well.I had been meaning to check this one out for awhile, but didn t make time for it It ended up being one of the picks for July in Sword Laser so I finally fit it in.I read it over the course of 2 weekends, which with the way I ve been lately is a really long time The bo [...]


    26. I liked this book, in fact I got hooked at so many parts As I am a slow reader and me having finished this book in a couple of days should tell ya something The book is mainly an exploration novel of another land during the earth year of 2850 The exploration of the Ringwold is magnificent and is detailed crisply into my imagination.It is also about the characters too a great character building story I must say In a way I found that the characters in the book and their interactions between each o [...]


    27. An interesting mix of Sci Fi tropes Big Dumb Object BDO mashed up with failed civilization Niven gets points for an interesting blend of human and alien characters, but unfortunately during large portions of the book they just wander around sightseeing The female characters roles were stereotypical at the time the book was written almost 50 years ago as of this review and will probably be insulting to the modern reader Niven s prose leaves a lot to be desired as does the pace of the narrative wh [...]


    28. On balance, I do like Ringworld, or at least the concept of the ringworld The idea is that a forgotten race of wildly talented engineers have built a complete ring around a star and outfitted it with gravity, atmosphere, vegetation, animals, and even sentient life The scale is so vast that it s nearly impossible to comprehend The ring, Niven tells us, has the surface area of roughly three million earths There are mountains thousands of miles high I give Niven a lot of credit for the thought he s [...]


    29. Dud entre el 3 estrellas like it y el 4 really liked it porque despu s de a os d cadas de escuchar loas sobre este libro famoso, esperaba una historia que me volara la peluca Pero no.En las misma l nea de ciencia ficci n absurda c mica delirante de casi todos los libros del g nero que le este a o, encuentro que este no me gust tanto El final es muy bueno, s , quiz s lo que hace que me incline por las 4 estrellas en vez de 3, pero el contenido en s no me gust tanto Y para ser sincera, tard horror [...]


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