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  • Mass Market Paperback: 411 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (2 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765366495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765366498
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ed.F TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Sep 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Grant Hutchison on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JGed on 17 April 2014
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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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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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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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By Nigel Linley on 15 Oct 2014
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Niven at his extraordinary best again you can feel the follow up stories waiting to be written
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By Alan on 10 Dec 2014
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Good read in parts bringing the series to a conclusion??
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BoldmanUK on 15 Sep 2012
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Well thank goodness I read the previous "of Worlds" books recently which spurred me to try to once again finish Ringworld Thone (failed) and then Ringworld's Children (success and enjoyed) so that I could keep up with the hugly complex jumble of plot threads and references! I am very glad that Edward M Lerner started collaborating with Larry Niven on this series of books - it was a refreshing revamp of the series which was getting tired (as witnessed in the poor writing of Ringwolrd Thone). That it also kept LN away from the embarrassing alien sex that seemed to inhabit the middle Ringworld books (Engineers and Throne) and keep him focused on what made Known Space stories originally so great - complex storytelling, fascinating aliens, intriguing technologies and a sense of historical development. Over the years I've pretty much read everything thats been published about Known Space from the books by Niven to the Shared World of Man-Kzin Wars to the long out of date Ringworld role-playing game. Indeed many years ago I wrote my own RPG campaign for friends set in the middle of the Man-Kzin wars. If this is where the Known SPace series ends, I will be happy as it has gone out on a high-note.
Unlike other reviewers I don't think there needs to be any more sequels, its all complicated enough and I think Louis Wu and Sigmund Ausfaller deserve a rest after all thats happened to both of them over the last century or so!
It was good to see Trinocs make a reappearance - after all it was Louis Wu who first made contact with them :)
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