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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786185899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786185894
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 4.9 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,201,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ringworld's Children returns series protagonist Louis Wu to the titular world. Louis and his friend The Hindmost, an alien of the Pierson's puppeteer race, are prisoners of the Ghoul protector Tunesmith, a Ringworld native, who is deliberately provoking the warships that surround his world. All the star-faring races of Known Space have sent warships to the Ringworld, and they are already at the brink of war. If fighting breaks out, the near-indestructible Ringworld will be destroyed and dissolved by antimatter weapons.

The Ringworld series is so complex and ambitious that Ringworld's Children opens with a glossary and a cast of characters, inclusions that even many Known Space fans will need. Newcomers to Niven's artificial planet should start with Ringworld. --Cynthia Ward, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Niven's world has an inner logic grounded in science."

"An involving and engrossing addition to one of science fiction's grand sagas."

"Niven returns to that marvel of engineering . . . Action and clever world building should captivate newcomers to Ringworld, while returners will appreciate picking up loose ends from the previous Ringworld volumes."

"Ringworld's Children is the most exciting Ringworld novel since the first, which makes it one of Larry Niven's best ever."--Spider Robinson

"After a decade, Niven returns to that marvel of engineering, a world consisting of an enormous circling star. . . . Action and clever world building should captivate newcomers to Ringworld, while returners will appreciate picking up loose ends from the previous Ringworld volumes."--Booklist on Ringworld's Children
"A writer of supreme talent."---Tom Clancy
"Great story telling is still alive in science fiction because of Larry Niven, and his finest work is the Ringworld series."---Orson Scott Card on Ringworld's Children
"An involving and engrossing addition to one of science fiction's grand sagas."--Kirkus Reviews on Ringworld's Children
"Niven's world has an inner logic grounded in science."--Entertainment Weekly on Ringworld's Children
"For three and a half decades, nobody's done it better than Larry Niven. Ringworld's Children is his latest triumphant gift to his fans, filled with characters we've grown to love, set in a world we're dying to explore further, and brimming with an extravagant, insightful imagination that seems to grow sharper and stronger with every passing year." ---Steven Barnes on Ringworld's Children
"If there isn't a Ringworld out there somewhere, we ought to build one someday. Until then we have Larry Niven's. A rich and fantastic story."---Fred Saberhagen on Ringworld's Children
"A marvelous book packed with enough mind-boggling ideas to keep a dozen lesser writers working for years."--David Gerrold on Ringworld's Children
"Another fascinating and intriguing look at Ringworld, its implications, and its history, all while telling a fast-moving page turner."--L. E. Modesitt, Jr. on Ringworld's Children
"Ringworld's Children is the most exciting Ringworld novel since the first, which makes it one of Larry Niven's best ever"--Spider Robinson on Ringworld's Children



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

"Nobody's done it better than Larry Niven. Ringworld's Children brim[s] with an extravagant, insightful imagination that seems to grow sharper and stronger with every passing year."
--Steven Barnes

"If there isn't a Ringworld out there somewhere, we ought to build one someday. Until then we have Larry Niven's. A rich and fantastic story."
--Fred Saberhagen

"A marvelous book packed with enough mind-boggling ideas to keep a dozen lesser writers working for years."
--David Gerrold

"Another fascinating and intriguing look at Ringworld, its implications, and its history, all while telling a fast-moving page turner."
--L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

After a decade, Niven returns to that marvel of engineering, a world consisting of an enormous circling star. . . . Action and clever world building should captivate newcomers to Ringworld, while returners will appreciate picking up loose ends from the previous Ringworld volumes. "Booklist on Ringworld's Children"

A writer of supreme talent. "Tom Clancy"

Great story telling is still alive in science fiction because of Larry Niven, and his finest work is the Ringworld series. "Orson Scott Card on Ringworld's Children"

An involving and engrossing addition to one of science fiction's grand sagas. "Kirkus Reviews on Ringworld's Children"

Niven's world has an inner logic grounded in science. "Entertainment Weekly on Ringworld's Children"

For three and a half decades, nobody's done it better than Larry Niven. Ringworld's Children is his latest triumphant gift to his fans, filled with characters we've grown to love, set in a world we're dying to explore further, and brimming with an extravagant, insightful imagination that seems to grow sharper and stronger with every passing year. "Steven Barnes on Ringworld's Children"

If there isn't a Ringworld out there somewhere, we ought to build one someday. Until then we have Larry Niven's. A rich and fantastic story. "Fred Saberhagen on Ringworld's Children"

A marvelous book packed with enough mind-boggling ideas to keep a dozen lesser writers working for years. "David Gerrold on Ringworld's Children"

Another fascinating and intriguing look at Ringworld, its implications, and its history, all while telling a fast-moving page turner. "L. E. Modesitt, Jr. on Ringworld's Children"

Ringworld's Children is the most exciting Ringworld novel since the first, which makes it one of Larry Niven's best ever "Spider Robinson on Ringworld's Children"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The ringworld and known space franchises are two of the best conceived ideas in the history of science fiction. "Ringworld" and "The Ringworld Engineers" are both a joy to read, whereas "The Ringworld Throne" is most definitely not. Fortunately, Larry Niven is back on form with the fourth (and possibly final?) ringworld book. "Ringworlds Children" continues louis wu's adventures aboard the enormous artificial ringworld and also fills in plenty of missing gaps about it's builders, the pak protectors - mankind's forefathers. The ringworld is under threat from other space-faring species, who all want to harvest the technology on offer without consideration for the effect on the billions of mankind-evolved inhabitants. Louis joins forces with the ghoul-people protector tunesmith and a newly-discovered protector, the only surviving member of the original pak who built the ringworld. Niven brings his incredible imagination to bear on the story, which is told in a far easier and involving manner than "The Ringworld Throne", and delivers an astonishing finale which had me re-reading it to make sure I'd read it right! Larry Niven, when he's of a mind, can deliver a story of pure hard science fiction wonder, and this book is a worthy companion to the first two ringworld novels
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After the poor 3rd book, Ringworld Throne, this new story is Niven at his best and offers an exciting conclusion (?) to the saga. Niven shows us his old talent of pushing the laws of Physics beyond reality yet making it all seem so believable.
The story kicks in without delay and moves like a rollercoaster, as Louis Wu tries to keep pace with the Protector he has created and save the Ringworld from the fleets of Known Space.
Being a fan of Known Space and the old Niven style, this book was a delight to me.
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I've been a great fan of Larry Niven's for 20 odd years. This is his best book in a while with a cracking narative that zips along without a dull moment. Much better than any of his recent joint efforts with Pournell et al. My only critiscism of the book is that the ending is a bit weak. It's as if the publishers said 'you can't do that to Louis Wu!'. The only explanation I can think of is that there's another sequel in the pipeline. Not a bad thing on the overall strength of this book.
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Ringworld's Children was spellbinding for me. From the first page, the action moves at a blinding pace.
We re-join Louis Wu where the previous novel left him, after the battle for control of the Ringworld and its Repair Centre.
Now, however, the various races of Known Space are fully aware of the potential treasure trove of technology and other wonders on the Ringworld. They are preparing to fight for posession of them, but will the Ringworld survive the battle?
No spoilers here, but you will not be disappointed.
One word of caution, do not read the glossary (at the end of the book) before you finish the novel, as it contains a small reference that may give away the ending.
As for the final installment, well there is always another novel in Larry Niven. I rate it 5, and I've been a fan since Neutron Star.
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Having ploughed through the awful Ringworld Throne a few years back, I was tempted back to the series by the positive reviews of this one on Amazon. I rather wish I had not bothered. Ringworld's Children has a reasonable story (hence the extra star) but as an entertainment, it's fatally compromised by Niven's writing style - which has declined to the point where I can't enjoy reading it. I re-read his first Novel (World of Ptavvs) from 1966 to check whether it was me that had changed, or Niven's writing. The 1966 writing was clear and fast-moving and I enjoyed the (excellent) book as much as I did when I first read it in my 20's - so it's not me, Larry, it's you! Niven now writes in an abbreviated, sketchy style as if he can barely be bothered to get the words down on the page. You don't read SF looking for great literature - as a long-term reader I'm well aware (and accept) that great writing and great SF ideas don't usually go hand-in-hand. However, here the poor writing dips below the threshold of readability and makes the story uninvolving and actually hard to follow. It's a shame really as some of the ideas in the book would have been interesting if explored by a better writer - like the younger Niven...
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As other reviewers have stated this book provides the 4th installment of the Ringworld sequence and is certainly better than the 3rd part. However, even after his many books, Niven continues to struggle to maintain his energy and brilliance of ideas conveyed as a single snapshot into the novel format (think Inconstant Moon, Bordered in Black, Flash Crowd). This book contains several great scenes (antimatter vs scrith for example) but I just found it hard to appreciate the characters, particularly the new ones. Certainly worth a read if you've read the others but if you want classic Niven stick to his short stories.
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This is to my mind the novel Ringworld Throne should have been.

The Fringe War - the constant jockeying for position between Humans, Kzin and others to exploit the Ringworld has turned into a Hot war.
Antimatter and high energy weapons threaten the structure of the Ringworld itself.
Loius wu, Hindmost and the son of Chmee are forced into an alliance with the Protector Tunesmith to save the Ringworld from imminent destruction.

This book is a logical extension to the previous three. it has more in common with Ringworld and Ringworld Engineers than it does with Ringworlds throne.
The plot builds nicely on the earlier books and pulls in some elements from other known space stories. Its well though out, pacey and suprising, something the last novel lacked.

Its a must read for any real Niven fan and gives us some final closure for the Ringworld. The book draws on several elements from other known space stories and really feels like a well crafted piece polished over time.

I think this is the last true Niven novel we will see. Recent work with his name on it has been collaborative and lacking his style and flair. This one was written with love and feeling and brings together so many other elements its obviously a work of love. This book shows us the writer of Ringworld and the Mote in Gods eye can still turn out a truly epic romp when he turns his mind to it.

Mr Niven I salute you!
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