Larry Niven was born in 1938 in Los Angeles, California. Ringworld tells the story of Louis Wu and his companions on a mission to the Ringworld, a rotating wheel space station, an alien construct in space 186 million miles (299 million kilometres) in diameter. "Ringworld", or more formally, "Niven ring", has become a generic term for such a structure, which is an example of what science fiction fans call a "Big Dumb Object", or more formally a megastructure. The Massively multiplayer online game Shores of Hazeron by Software Engineering Inc. features abandoned ringworld structures for players to discover and colonize. Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. Despite his age, Louis is in perfect physical condition due to the longevity drug boosterspice. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction. In 1984, a role-playing game based on this setting was produced by Chaosium named The Ringworld Roleplaying Game. The mountain had not appeared on the Ringworld map, leading Louis to conclude that it is in fact the result of a meteoroid impact with the underside of the ring, which pushed the "mountain" up from the ring's floor and broke through. All must play a dangerous in order to save Ringworld's population, and the stability of Ringworld itself. All … The question of just how inspired Bungie was by Larry Niven's Ringworld series has been quietly boiling in the background and bubbles up every time … It is easier to destroy than to create. Louis Wu: human and old; bored with having lived too fully for far too many years. Ringworld: 1st in the 'Ringworld' series of books. A tv series adaptation of Larry Niven's novel Ringworld (1970) Niven later added three sequel novels and then cowrote, with Edward M. Lerner, four prequels and a final sequel; the five latter novels constitute the Fleet of Worlds series. Ringworld won the Nebula Award in 1970,[1] as well as both the Hugo Award and Locus Award in 1971.[2]. Intrigued, Louis eventually accepts. Ringworld Series, #1: Edition description: REISSUE: Pages: 352: Sales rank: 40,356: Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.91(d) Lexile: 680L (what's this?) Part Two was released on November 10, 2015. But a crash landing on by Larry Niven. [5] In his dedication to The Ringworld Engineers, Niven wrote, "If you own a first paperback edition of Ringworld, it's the one with the mistakes in it. Hardcover. They travel back to their crashed ship in the floating police station, dragging the wire behind them. Information from the RPG, along with notes composed by RPG author John Hewitt with Niven, was later used to form the "Bible" given to authors writing in the Man-Kzin Wars series. In it, the ring is found to have a system of attitude jets atop the rim walls, but the Ringworld has become gravely endangered because most of the jets have been removed by the natives, to power their interstellar ships. Find great deals on eBay for larry niven ringworld. This is where I feel that Niven fails somewhat. Pierson's puppeteers, the aliens who discovered it, are understandably wary of encountering the builders of such an immense structure and have assembled a team of two humans, a mad puppeteer and a kzin, a huge cat-like alien, to explore it. Larry Niven. When they reach the vicinity of the Ringworld, they are unable to contact anyone, and their ship, the Lying Bastard, is disabled by the Ringworld's automated meteoroid-defense system. "[6], After the publication of Ringworld, many fans identified numerous engineering problems in the Ringworld as described in the novel. Nessus: a… Hardcover. All the Ringworld novels tie into numerous other books set in Known Space. “Larry Niven’s RINGWORLD remains one of the all-time classic travelogues of science fiction — a new and amazing world and fantastic companions.” - Greg Bear "If there isn't a Ringworld out there somewhere, we ought to build one someday. It rotates to provide artificial gravity 99.2% as strong as Earth's from centrifugal force. Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. In 2013, it was again announced by the channel, now rebranded as Syfy, that a miniseries of the novel was in development. Shipping: US$ 8.18. Speaker's outrage forces Nessus to flee and follow them from a safe distance. Even a quick search of the internet shows that Larry Niven’s Known Space, and the Ringworld in particular, has captured the imagination of many … This led MIT students attending the 1971 Worldcon to chant, "The Ringworld is unstable!" If you're a fan of sci-fi looking to tick all the classics off your list, this is a must read (and quite enjoyable). Two hundred years before the discovery of the Ringworld, humans discover the history of their ancestors and revolt against the Puppeteers—a race they’ve held as saviors and been serving for generations. [11] The series never came to fruition. Quantity Available: 1. While Louis and Speaker search for her, their flycycles are caught by an automated police trap designed to catch traffic offenders. He meets Nessus, a Pierson's puppeteer, who offers him a mysterious job. Larry Niven does some exceptional world building here and I'm eager to revisit Ringworld in the near future through its sequels. From her account, Louis surmises that a mold was brought back from one of the other planets by a spaceship like Prill's; it broke down the superconductors vital to the Ringworld civilization, dooming it. Niven wrote the 1980 sequel The Ringworld Engineers in part to address these engineering issues. He then takes the police station up to the summit of "Fist-of-God", the enormous mountain near their crash site. Convert currency. The Ringworld is about one million miles (1.6 million km) wide and approximately the diameter of Earth's orbit (which makes it about 584.3 million miles or 940.4 million km in circumference), encircling a sunlike star. While praising the novel generally, he faulted Niven for relying on inconsistencies regarding evolution in his extrapolations to support his fictional premises.[4]. Ringworld's Children. In the station, they meet Halrloprillalar Hotrufan ("Prill"), a former crew member of a spaceship used for trade between the Ringworld and other inhabited worlds. Ringworld is a 1970 science fiction novel by Larry Niven, set in his Known Space universe and considered a classic of science fiction literature. In addition to the two aliens, Niven includes a number of concepts from his other Known Space stories: The opening chapter of the original paperback edition of Ringworld featured Louis Wu teleporting eastward around the Earth in order to extend his birthday. Moving in this direction would, in fact, make local time later rather than earlier, so that Wu would soon arrive in the early morning of the next calendar day. Much like Isaac Asimov, his books follow a set of rules, which include: Never fire a laser at a mirror. I first read Ringworld many years ago, when I was first discovering science fiction and searching out the novels of writers whose Hugo-award-winning short stories I liked. The video game franchise Halo, created by Bungie and now handled by 343 Industries, took inspiration from the book in the creation and development of its story around the eponymous rings. 2) For the recommended novels from the series, what is the best reading order? Its backdrop is the Ringworld, a giant artifact 600 million miles in circumference around a star. Buy the Mass Market Paperback Book Ringworld: A Novel by Larry Niven at Indigo.ca, Canada's largest bookstore. Adapted by writer Michael Perry (The River, Paranormal Activity 2), In Ringworld, a hastily-assembled team of explorers travels to the farthest reaches of space to investigate a mind-blowing alien artifact called Ringworld - an artificial habitat the size of one million Earths. When the crew completes their mission, they will be given the starship in which they travelled to the puppeteer home world; it is orders of magnitude faster than any possessed by humans or Kzinti. A third game, Ringworld: Within ARM's Reach, was also planned, but never completed. [14] Ringworld: The Graphic Novel, Part One, covering the events of the novel up to the sunflower attack on Speaker, was released on July 8, 2014. Ringworld is an upcoming television series from Amazon Studios. Giving up freedom for security is beginning to look naive. Nessus enters the station to try to help them. The second chapter refers to standard Earth gravity as 9.98 m/s2, while standard Earth gravity is 9.81 m/s2. Other science fiction authors have devised their own variants of Niven's Ringworld, notably Iain M. Banks' Culture Orbitals, best described as miniature Ringworlds, and the ring-shaped Halo structures of the video game series Halo. Out of stock online. The ringworld gives Larry Niven a lot of playground and a lot of space to let just about anything happen (the ringworld has the area of three million earths!). A rich and fantastic story." One major one was that the Ringworld, being a rigid structure, was not actually in orbit around the star it encircled and would eventually drift, ultimately colliding with its sun and disintegrating. His Beowulf's Children , co-authored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes was a New York Times bestseller. [13]. Ringworld tells the story of Louis Wu and his companions on a mission to the Ringworld, a rotating wheel space station, an alien construct in space 186 million miles (299 million kilometres) in diameter. They set out to find a way to get the Lying Bastard off the Ringworld. In addition to acting as centers for habitation, these rings feature functionalities such as self-sustaining power generation, the creation of interstellar wormholes, and simulated day-night cycles via orbital solar shields. First published in 1970, Ringworld was followed by The Ringworld Engineers in 1980, The Ringworld Throne in 1996, Ringworld's Children in 2004 and 2012's Fate of … [12], In 2017, Amazon announced that Ringworld was one of three science fiction series it was developing for its streaming service. Ringworld: Revenge of the Patriarch was released in 1992 and Return to Ringworld in 1994. Louis threads it through the ship to tether it to the police station. Teela reaches the police station, accompanied by her new lover, a native "hero" called Seeker who helped her survive. Teela chooses to remain on the Ringworld with Seeker. 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