The six hundred miles long and a million yards across
ribbon-shaped Ringworld is home to fifty trillion hominids
as well as many other species and most amazing of all it
is man made. All of the sentient species want to learn
the technology that went into making Ringworld but the
protectors want to keep such people out. The Protector
used to shoot down any ship that got too close but the new
protector Tunesmoth is holding fire so as not to irritate
the participants of the Fringe War, which is getting too
close to Ringworld.
The ARM, the military leg of the United Nations, is using
anti-matter engines near Ringworld, something that could
destroy the planet if an accident occurs. When a ship
falls and puts a hole in the top layer of Ringworld the
Protector must fix it or the place will cease to exist.
As ARMs soldiers try to ferret out the secrets of the
Ringworld, are, a group of RINGWORLD'S CHILDREN work to
repair the damage. One of the original engineering
experts, together with Tunesmith try to figure out a way
to move Ringworld away from sentient warmongers.
People who have never read the Ringworld books will find
the latest entry as a strong stand-alone book that gives
enough information about other novels in the series so
that new readers will want to buy and read them too. It
is a fascinating place to visit, an engineering marvel so
advanced that even in the year 2893, the technology is too
sophisticated to duplicate. Larry Niven, one of the
grandmasters of science fiction, has brought a classic to
a new generation of readers.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 14, 2004
Welcome to a world like no other.
The Ringworld: a landmark engineering achievement, a flat
band 3 million times the surface area of Earth, encircling
a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all
of which are human, and host to amazing technological
wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.
Explorere Louis Wu, an Earth-born human who was part of the
first expedition to ringworld, becomes enmeshed in
interplanetary and interspecies intrigue as war, and a
powerful new weapon, threaten to tear the Ringworld apart
forever. Now, the future of Ringworld lies in the actions
of its children: Tunesmith, the Ghould protector; Acolyte,
the exiled son of Speaker-to-Animals, and Wembleth, a
strange Ringworld native with a mysterious past. All must
play a dangerous in order to save Ringworld's population,
and the stability of Ringworld itself.
Blending awe-inspiring science with non-stop action and
fun, Ringworld's Children, the fourth installment of the
multiple award-winning saga, is the perfect introduction
for readers new to this New York Times bestselling series,
and long-time fans of Larry Niven's Ringworld.