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I first read this in 1981 and most recently in August 2001.
Cirroco "Rocky" Jones is captain of the Ringmaster, a spaceship on the way
to Jupiter. Her crew are Gaby, Gene, April, August, Bill and Calvin, They've
survived the long voyage from Earth, primarily passing the time (I far as
I could tell) by getting sweaty with each other. Now they're in reach of
their magnificent goal.
But to their astonishment they discover something very strange around the orbit
of Jupiter: Themis, just 1300 kilometers in diameter, apparently an
artificial construct, a ringworld. It catches them, and their whole world turns
But Themis is not an artificial construct, it's a gigantic and ancient
Rocky, very conscious of the tribulations through which her crew and indeed the
local residents have been put, has decided that it's about time some one had
some very strong words with it.
This, and the sequels "Demon" and "Wizard" rather knocked me out when I
first read them back in the '80s and they're still great fun. Of course
the Ringworld theme was familiar, trailing Larry Niven's "Ringworld" by
eight years, but it's a very different treatment.
What's it got? great aliens in the Titanides, the Angels and Gaea itself,
brave quests and heroes, and of course, the wonderful Cirroco Jones, prototype
for all those tough female protagonists of the past twenty years of SF.
Loaded on the 23rd September 2001.