- Paperback: 459 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reprint edition (29 July 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345460367
- ISBN-13: 978-0345460363
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,953,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Integral Trees Paperback – 29 Jul 2003
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"Niven's masterly use of SF strategies...hits every note, springing surprises and plot turns with dizzying pace. The bizarre but plausible setting is meticulously worked out and at times lyrically evoked."
From the Inside Flap
"Niven has come up with an idea about as far out as one can get. . . . This is certainly classic science fiction-the idea is truly the hero." -"Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
When leaving Earth, the crew of the spaceship "Discipline was prepared for a routine assignment. Dispatched by the all-powerful State on a mission of interstellar exploration and colonization, "Discipline was aided (and secretly spied upon) by Sharls Davis Kendy, an emotionless computer intelligence programmed to monitor the loyalty and obedience of the crew. But what they weren't prepared for was the smoke ring-an immense gaseous envelope that had formed around a neutron star directly in their path. The Smoke Ring was home to a variety of plant and animal life-forms evolved to thrive in conditions of continual free-fall. When "Discipline encountered it, something went wrong. The crew abandoned ship and fled to the unlikely space oasis.
Five hundred years later, the descendants of the "Discipline crew living on the Smoke Ring no longer remember their origins. Earth is more myth than memory, and no recollection of the State remains. But Kendy remembers. And just outside the Smoke Ring, "Discipline waits patiently to make contact with its wayward children.
Top Customer Reviews
If you like real science fiction, if you want to explore a strange 'world' and its odd yet human inhabitants, this is a book you must read.
Couple of down points, much of the action is a bit too coincidental with major events overlapping for no real reason. Some of the female characters seem to be copies of each other and some of the cultural concepts are re-visited too often. Not a major problem though.
It makes me cringe to say this but if you liked the story in Avatar, you'll love this book as it carries many similar elements about the arrogance of technological societies and how civilisation tends to corrupt.
All in all, in many respects better than Ringworld, more convincing that Dreampark but with better elements of both.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As always, a great book from Larry Niven. Where does he get these ideas? Giant trees in space!Published 8 months ago by Latenighter