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Ringworld's Children

Copyright 2004 by Larry Niven

SOJALS rating:     
one SOJALS point one SOJALS point one SOJALS point one SOJALS point no SOJALS point    Superb (4/5)

I first read this in November 2004 and most recently on the 29th September 2006

Protectors may control the Ringworld at present but there are many competitors for ownership of such a limitless treasure. Around the Ringworld there is a very tense, very temporary stand-off which will stumble into war. All the races have their spacecraft orbiting or standing off. The Outsiders hang back at a distance. ARM and the Kzinti warships circle closer. Some of these ships use anti-matter weapons and even scrith, the building material of the Ringworld, is vulnerable to antimatter.

Luckily Louis & co are on hand to save the Ringworld one more time.

This is a very condensed book. Niven's shovels information at the reader so fast I found myself say "check!" every few seconds.

"Eighty-four days ago, the display said."
    "Check!"
"Sixty-seven Ringworld days."
    "Check!"
"Almost a falan."
    "Check!"
"A falan was ten Ringworld rotations,"
    "Check!"
"seventy-five thirty hour days."
    "Check!"

And that's on the first page. I was in uniform and saluting by page twenty-five. By the fiftieth page I was pulling on my helmet and shouting "Chocks away!".

And even though it is very condensed, it is still fab. No body does this style better than Niven. Queue song...

Nobody does it better
Makes me feel sad for the rest
Nobody does it half as good as you
Larry, you're the best

And it is absolutely great to be back on the Ringworld with Louis Wu once more

It's a very satisfying end to the Ringworld series. I'm left thinking that the Pak Protector is a deeply cool creation and I particularly enjoy Niven's techniques for suggesting the relative intelligences of the various protectors. I'll raise a glass to Louis Wu: superior to any other entity on Ringworld, regardless of intelligence. However, let's not forget the protectors Tunesmith, Haruman, and Proserpina, nor the supporting cast of humans Roxanny and Wemblath, and the Kzinti Acolyte (with the brief appearance of Chmeee).

And there's even a surprising ending.

Loaded on the 28th February 2007.
    
Cover of Ringworld's Children
Cover art by Lee Gibbons

Reviews of other works by Larry Niven:
Ringworld
The Ringworld Engineers

Reviews of other works by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle:
The Mote in God's Eye
Lucifer's Hammer
Footfall
The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye
The Gripping Hand
The Burning City
Burning Tower

Reviews of other works by Larry Niven and Stephen Barnes:
The Barsoom Project

Reviews of other works by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes:
Saturn's Race

Reviews of other works by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle and Michael Flynn:
Fallen Angels

Reviews of other works by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes:
Beowolf's Children
The Dragons Of Heorot



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Iron Sunrise
Cosmonaut Keep
Engine City (The Engines of Light, Book 3)
Learning The World
Sister Alice
The Well Of Stars
Maul

Reviews of other works with covers by Lee Gibbons and The Pinpoint Design Company:
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