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. This is where I feel that Niven fails somewhat. Louis, formerly skeptical about breeding for luck, now wonders if the entire mission was caused by Teela's luck, to unite her with her true love and help her mature. The crew is attacked when they commit what the natives consider blasphemy (the misuse of certain technologies). [12], In 2017, Amazon announced that Ringworld was one of three science fiction series it was developing for its streaming service. His Beowulf's Children , co-authored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes was a New York Times bestseller. Ringworld is a hard science fiction series that is part of the Known Space universe, created by American novelist Larry Niven. Using their flycycles (similar to antigravity motorcycles), they try to reach the rim of the ring, where they hope to find some technology that will help them. This led MIT students attending the 1971 Worldcon to chant, "The Ringworld is unstable!" Much like Isaac Asimov, his books follow a set of rules, which include: Never fire a laser at a mirror. The Ringworld is an artificial world with a surface area three million times larger than Earth's, built in the shape of a giant ring-shaped ribbon a million miles wide and with a diameter of 186 million miles. This proposed 4-hour miniseries was being written by Michael R. Perry and would have been a co-production between MGM Television and Universal Cable Productions. [11] The series never came to fruition. 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. Out of stock online. He lives in Chatsworth, California. All must play a dangerous in order to save Ringworld's population, and the stability of Ringworld itself. "[6], After the publication of Ringworld, many fans identified numerous engineering problems in the Ringworld as described in the novel. The crew managed to enter the Ringworld, but some of them were killed and others suffered brain damage when the device that let them pass through the Ringworld floor failed. Niven was "endlessly teased" about this error, which he corrected in subsequent printings to show Wu teleporting westward. 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. 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. 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. [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. Teela reaches the police station, accompanied by her new lover, a native "hero" called Seeker who helped her survive. It is inhabited by a number of different evolved hominid species, as well as Bandersnatchi, Martians and Kzinti. 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. Two humans and two non-humans of different species take a trip to said world and saying more would spoil some of the book. Buy the Mass Market Paperback Book Ringworld: A Novel by Larry Niven at Indigo.ca, Canada's largest bookstore. ©1970 Larry Niven (P)1996 Blackstone Audiobooks What listeners say about Ringworld From: bbs (Lincolnshire, United Kingdom) Seller Rating: Add to Basket. 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. 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. 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. Find great deals on eBay for larry niven ringworld. Convert currency. When Teela develops "Plateau trance" (a kind of highway hypnosis), they are forced to land. MGM were again listed as a co-producer. 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They continue their journey, during which Nessus reveals some Puppeteer secrets: they have conducted experiments on both humans (breeding for luck via Birthright Lotteries: all of Teela's ancestors for six generations were born from winning the lottery) and Kzinti (breeding for reduced aggression via the Man-Kzin wars, which the Kzinti always lost). It is also a book by Larry Niven, and it is considered a classic in the science fiction genre. It's worth money. Ringworld: 1st in the 'Ringworld' series of books. $10.99. [13]. Speaker's outrage forces Nessus to flee and follow them from a safe distance. 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. With Jerry Pournelle, he is the author of the all-time SF classic The Mote in God's Eye, and subsequent books in the series, as well as the novels in the Heorot series. 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