Ringworld's Children by Larry Niven

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Welcome to a world like no other.

The Ringworld: a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band 3 million times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of which are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.

Explorere Louis Wu, an Earth-born human who was part of the first expedition to Ringworld, becomes enmeshed in interplanetary and interspecies intrigue as war, and a powerful new weapon, threaten to tear the Ringworld apart forever. Now, the future of Ringworld lies in the actions of its children: Tunesmith, the Ghould protector; Acolyte, the exiled son of Speaker-to-Animals, and Wembleth, a strange Ringworld native with a mysterious past. All must play a dangerous in order to save Ringworld's population, and the stability of Ringworld itself.

Blending awe-inspiring science with non-stop action and fun, Ringworld's Children, the fourth installment of the multiple award-winning saga, is the perfect introduction for readers new to this New York Times bestselling series, and long-time fans of Larry Niven's Ringworld.

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About Larry Niven

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LARRY NIVEN is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. His Beowulf's Children, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Chatsworth, California. EDWARD M. LERNER, a physicist and computer scientist, toiled in the vineyards of high tech for thirty years as everything from engineer to senior vice president. Then suitably intoxicated, he began writing full time. Lerner lives in Virginia with his wife, Ruth.
Published April 1, 2007 by Tor Books. 285 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Business & Economics, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Law & Philosophy, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Fiction

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Earth explorer Louis Wu, trapped on the Ringworld along with the Hindmost, a timorous, manipulative alien, finds the Ringworld’s very survival threatened by the Fringe War, a motley collection of human and alien spaceships that fight among themselves, each hoping to conquer (or at least land on) ...

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This third fictional voyage to the Ringworld (after Ringworld, 1970, which won both the Hugo and the Nebula for best SF novel of that year, and Ringworld Engineers, 1980) offers two stories crowded into one.

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With the impending threat of rival profiteers descending into war over the wealth of Ringworld, Louis inexplicably joins forces with the planet's protector, the child of Kzinti royalty, a banished Ringworld engineer, and other diverse characters to prevent the inadvertent destruction of the Ringw...

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In Ringwolrd’s Children, Larry Niven continues his popular Ringworld Saga.

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The six hundred miles long and a million yards across ribbon-shaped Ringworld is home to fifty trillion hominids as well as many other species and most amazing of all it is man made.

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SF Signal

That and the fact that we learn a lot about Louis Wu, being a well written character, makes this book a must read for Ringworld fans and a satisfying read for those who just want to complete the series.

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"Ringworld's Children" is another engrossing journey across one of science fiction's most captivating landscapes.

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The Zone

In an uneasy alliance, Louis Wu and the Hindmost (a Pierson's Puppeteer) again work 'together' to ensure the integrity of Ringworld however their plans must glide beneath the radar of Tunesmith, Louis's previous ally.

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