Ringworld by Larry Niven
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There remained absurdities and unsuccessful plot strands...its inspirational power comes from Niven's success in bringing it to life. The sense of scale and wonder is joyful. I challenge you to read it without feeling awestruck.
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Pierson's puppeteers, strange, three-legged, two-headed aliens, have discovered an immense structure in a hitherto unexplored part of the universe. Frightened of meeting the builders of such a structure, the puppeteers set about assembling a team consisting of two humans, a puppeteer and a kzin, an alien not unlike an eight-foot-tall, red-furred cat, to explore it. The artefact is a vast circular ribbon of matter, some 180 million miles across, with a sun at its centre - the Ringworld. But the expedition goes disastrously wrong when the ship crashlands and its motley crew faces a trek across thousands of miles of the Ringworld's surface.
 

About Larry Niven

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Larry Niven received his B.A. in mathematics in 1962. His first novel, World of Ptavvs (1966), was a success and launched his career. Niven has won five Hugos and one Nebula award, testimony that his colleagues in the science fiction world respect his work. Perhaps Niven's most well-known creation is Ringworld, a distant planet that may be taken as a metaphor for Earth, as it was once great but has since fallen into decay.
 
Published January 1, 1988 by ORBIT. 287 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Cooking. Fiction
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Guardian

Good
on Jul 02 2010

There remained absurdities and unsuccessful plot strands...its inspirational power comes from Niven's success in bringing it to life. The sense of scale and wonder is joyful. I challenge you to read it without feeling awestruck.

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Blog Critics

Above average
on Mar 25 2005

While other authors might spend pages upon pages agonizing over the plausibility of their situations, Larry Niven gives just enough background to be enjoyable and not so much as to be pedantic.

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SF Site

Above average

Is Ringworld a master work? Yes, although this judgment will vary depending on which crowd of SF you run with. If you don't know where you stand in the SF continuum, the degree that the above appeals to you will tell you all you need to know.

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Chamber Four

Good
on May 30 2012

I liked it. I drew some connections to some Asimov and to an extent Philip K. Dick. It also reminded me of the peacemaking and diplomacy in the Mass Effect videogames, if you’ve ever played those.

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Helium

Good
on Mar 01 2009

The mysteries behind the construction and maintenance of the structure are explored in greater depth, but for sheer, mind-blowing depth of ideas, the first Ringworld novel has never been beaten. If you're a science fiction fan, you should read it...

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Gather Books

Good
on Dec 06 2011

What makes this a classic sci-fi is not one single thing but the conglomeration of ideas ranging from politics, alien races and their politics/culture and the exploration of a new world.

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