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Fate of Worlds (Fleet of Worlds series Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Larry Niven , Edward M. Lerner
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The Ringworld, with its vast resources and technology so advanced that no species has yet unravelled its secrets, has disappeared from Known Space. And no spacefaring species knows why -- or isn't saying. Lous Wu, Sigmund Ausfaller and other humans must contend with the ferocious Pak and the new spacefaring species the Gw'oth while trying to work with the devious Puppeteers to find and restore the Ringworld. Meanwhile, the Puppeteers, involved in their own internecene political struggles, must rely on a self-aware AI named Proteus to manage their own defenses. And Proteus is developing its own agenda... The fifth novel in the Niven/Lerner series that
Booklist praised for its "exceptional freshness and suspense...full of startling revelations about human and Puppeteer politics."

"Longtime Ringworld fans and current series devotees should be more than satisfied by Niven and Lerner’s signature hard-sf spin on the events in the climactic final chapters.”
- Booklist on FATE OF WORLDS

“Brings to a stunning close a multivolume saga that has captured the imaginations of a multitude of readers … a story that will attract attention from series fans as well as readers of hard sf.”
- Library Journal on FATE OF WORLDS

“A fantastic science fiction novel.”
- Layers of Thought on BETRAYER OF WORLDS

“Intelligent space opera, with a twinge of nostalgia for the 1970s.”
- Critical Mass (Don Dammassa reviews) on BETRAYER OF WORLDS

“Rescues, captures, kidnappings, reluctant temporary alliances, backdoor negotiations, propaganda campaigns, bluffs and double-bluffs, alien and cross-species politics, and, of course, betrayals. Lots of betrayals ... One hopes that Niven and Lerner come up with some additional twists and turns.” - Locus on BETRAYER OF WORLDS

“A welcomed addition to Larry Niven’s exploration and chronicles of Known Space.”
- San Francisco Book Review on BETRAYER OF WORLDS

“A powerful adventure and a ‘must’ addition to the Ringworld saga!”
- Midwest Book Review on BETRAYER OF WORLDS

“You’ll find plenty here to enjoy. There are bizarre aliens both old and new; there’s more advanced technology than you can shake a neutron star at; there are ideas to make your head spin.”
- Analog Science Fiction and Fact on DESTROYER OF WORLDS

"Fans of Niven's Known Space ...will enjoy seeing past puzzles made clear."
- Publishers Weekly on DESTROYER OF WORLDS

“Fun, fast, and full of ... remarkable aliens.”

"A lively prequel to Niven's 1970 classic, RINGWORLD … Fans of hard SF will be well rewarded."
- Publishers Weekly on FLEET OF WORLDS

“A new Known Space book, particularly one with new information about Puppeteers and their doings behind the scenes of human history, needs recommending within the science fiction community about as much as a new Harry Potter novel does, well, anywhere. But Niven and Lerner have produced a novel that can stand on its own as well as part of the Known Space franchise.”

"Exceptional freshness and suspense ... full of startling revelations about human and puppeteer politics."
- Booklist on FLEET OF WORLDS

“Niven and Lerner … clearly enjoy revisiting aliens familiar from Niven’s menagerie while spinning an elaborate tale of interplanetary intrigue. Their many fans will, too.”
- Booklist on JUGGLER OF WORLDS "Niven and Lerner...adroitly expand upon familiar ground … and, at the same time, pour it into an entirely new bottle."

Praise for Larry Niven:
"Great story-telling is still alive in science fiction because of Larry Niven, and his finest work is the Ringworld series."
- Orson Scott Card

"The premier hard SF writer"
- The Baltimore Sun

Praise for Edward M. Lerner:
"Lerner's world-building and extrapolating are top-notch."
- SFScope


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 875 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars End of an era... in many ways 22 Sept. 2012
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Let me contextualise this review first. I grew up reading Larry Niven, the first full length novel I read was Ringworld aged eight and since then I've consumed all of his works, the good stuff, the odd stuff, the stuff with Jerry Pournelle, the stuff with Steven Barnes, the dodgy wizard stuff, the weird 60s stuff, the down-right strange stuff and the weird alien sex stuff. I loved the mystifying artifacts, the semi plausible technologies, the ethical and logical conundrums, well etched characters, the genuinely alien aliens, the space operas and the short stories. I've loved the vast majority of his work but at the core was the Known Space series and the immense playground for the imagination which was the Ringworld.

Ringworld itself is a classic, possibly one of the best science/speculative fiction works of all time. It is followed by three progressively weaker sequels as the plot expands and mystery was stripped from the gargantuan object and its history. The series ended in good order with Ringworld's children despite a few plot holes and some shaky logic, the magic was still there and the known universe was crowned. Complete. Done.

Along the way Niven had published a null-treatment of the known space series, like Agatha Christie's demolition of Hercule Poirot in Curtain, it was a fully-fledged deconstruction of the things we thought we knew of known space, from how the hyper drives work to the aeon dead slaver wars and the outsiders. It was published as a joke, a tease to interest readers who may have become bored with the antics within known space. Roll on thirty five years and this treatment has been incorporated into the "worlds" series of books which have successfully ruined ninety percent of the imaginative magic which underpinned Niven's greatest works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but disappointing 17 April 2014
By JGed
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Unpronounceable names for one of the alien races. Too 'busy' and too long which detracts from the thrust of the storyline. I've found this before where well known authors have collaborated with another author. It relies too heavily on jumps into hyperspace. Not a patch on the previous Ringworld books as far as story telling goes.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New readers, don't start here 28 Aug. 2012
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This one is the pay-off on four previous "Worlds" novels, co-written by Niven and Lerner, as well as continuing the "Ringworld" story Niven has told in four novels of his own.
That's a lot of background, and the authors quite rightly don't rehearse it all for new readers. As someone who has read all eight precursor novels, I spent much of the first third of the book wracking memory for the necessary background as previously known characters and situations slotted into the new story. When time permits, I'll perhaps sit down and read all nine in order - there's a sense of missing the occasional reference in this story when working from old memory.
The latter two-thirds of the novel builds to a complex and involving climax, although the general shape of the ending is evident to the reader for some time before the pay-off.
The authors leave one thread dangling suspiciously, and leave major characters scattered in five separate locations, any of which could potentially take the story forward. Although Niven foresaw the Known Space universe finally sinking into the stagnation of his short story "Safe At Any Speed", there's still a couple of centuries in the Known Space timeline before that happens. The authors still have plenty of room for more developments in the current storyline, if they choose to exploit it. I hope they do.
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where to start? Ringworld? or Neutron Star? Protector?
They ALL link to the Fleet of Worlds series, and culminate in Fate of Worlds. Which is a fitting climax to what's been a stupendous voyage over so many years since I first read Ringworld. To get the best out of these last 5 books (the "Fleet of Worlds" series) you do have to have read all the others - Neutron Star, Tales of Known Space, the 4 Ringworld books, Protector, and Crashlander.
I've read them all, multiple times, and still enjoy them. But now I've read the Fleet series I'll be looking at them with a different perspective.
Larry Niven's writings are a towering achievement, and it's amazing how he's intertwined all of the plots of the earlier novels into Crashlander and the Fleet series.
Hats off to Larry...!
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As with all L Niven books the reader gets drawn into worlds of strange creatures, no apparent super heroes. There are heroes but they are not willing, moral or righteous, and like all his books everything is on a grand scale,. the futuristic governments and rulers are as corrupt and inept as any that exist today. Mr Niven also avoids the traps of dystopian and utopian societies. In Fate of the Worlds ram ships and Einstein and hyper space are background to the storey, this story is full of characters and events that make for absorbing and entertaining reading for any sc-fi addict and is a wonderful distraction for an OAP, a book to be enjoyed and leaves one desiring more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the series 10 Aug. 2014
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Great addition to the series. Mr Niven and Mr Lerner give us even more background on the Ringworld and produces a book of top quality.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing storytelling 8 Jan. 2014
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The book was physically perfect, the delivery was fine but disappointingly the story is not a patch on the earlier Ringworld series.
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