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"A lively prequel to Niven's 1970 classic, "Ringworld" . . . Fans of hard SF will be well rewarded."--"Publishers Weekly."Read more
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This is strictly a book for fans of Known Space, and that small portion therein made up of the Puppeteers. It's a history of sorts dealing with the titled "fleet of worl...Read more

Fleet of Worlds by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (2007, Hardcover)

Author: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner | ISBN-10: 0765318253 | ISBN-13: 9780765318251
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"A lively prequel to Niven's 1970 classic, "Ringworld" . . . Fans of hard SF will be well rewarded."--"Publishers Weekly."

Fleet of Worlds marks Larry Niven's first full novel-length collaboration within his Known Space universe, the playground he created for his bestselling Ringworld series. Teaming up with fellow SF writer Edward M. Lerner, Fleet of Worlds takes a closer look at the Human-Puppeteer (Citizens) relations and the events leading up to Niven's first Ringworld novel. Kirsten Quinn-Kovacs is among the best and brightest of her people. She gratefully serves the gentle race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship, gave them a world, and nurtures them still. If only the Citizens knew where Kirsten's people came from.... A chain reaction of supernovae at the galaxy's core has unleashed a wave of lethal radiation that will sterilize the galaxy. The Citizens flee, taking their planets, the Fleet of Worlds, with them. Someone must scout ahead, and Kirsten and her crew eagerly volunteer. Under the guiding eye of Nessus, their Citizen mentor, they explore for any possible dangers in the Fleet's path--and uncover long-hidden truths that will shake the foundations of worlds.


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ISBN-100765318253
ISBN-139780765318251

Key Details
AuthorEdward M. Lerner, Larry Niven
Number Of Pages304 pages
SeriesKnown Space Ser.
FormatHardcover
Publication Date2007-10-16
LanguageEnglish
PublisherDoherty Associates, LLC, Tom

Additional Details
Copyright Date2007

Dimensions
Weight18.7 Oz
Height1 In.
Width6.4 In.
Length9.5 In.

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GroupTrade

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LCCN2007-017310
LC Classification NumberPS3564.I9F57 2007
Dewey Decimal813/.54
Dewey Edition22

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"Great story telling is still alive in science fiction because of Larry Niven, and his finest work is the Ringworld series."---Orson Scott Card "For three and a half decades, nobody's done it better than Larry Niven." --Steven Barnes "Niven is an undisputed master in the field.."---David Gerrold

Â"Great story telling is still alive in science fiction because of Larry Niven, and his finest work is the Ringworld series.Â"---Orson Scott Card "For three and a half decades, nobody's done it better than Larry Niven." --Steven Barnes "Niven is an undisputed master in the field.."---David Gerrold

�"Great story telling is still alive in science fiction because of Larry Niven, and his finest work is the Ringworld series.�"---Orson Scott Card "For three and a half decades, nobody's done it better than Larry Niven." --Steven Barnes "Niven is an undisputed master in the field.."---David Gerrold


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Interesting, but nothing special.

Created: 15/11/07
This is strictly a book for fans of Known Space, and that small portion therein made up of the Puppeteers. It's a history of sorts dealing with the titled "fleet of worlds" - the politics, society, technology and depravation of the Puppeteer society.

Unfortunately the book was akin to reading brail through a coat of Molasses. Slow, tedious and plodding. The reward. Not really worth the effort. A better title would have been "Nessus: My life and times."

Humans were strictly a one dimensional backdrop. The book seemed more like an excuse to write then a fleshed out idea. Almost like a fan bumped into Niven at a Con and said "Hey, how `bout a book on that fleet of worlds thing?"

If you're a fan of the previous Known Space books, you'll probably enjoy this read. Otherwise, forget it.

Unfortunately we can probably expect a followup novel. The authors made sure they left plenty of openings and designed the final few pages just to set up a part two. As big a fan of Niven that I am, I'll skip that one when it inevitably arrives on store shelves.
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