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The Ringworld Engineers (1980)

por Larry Niven

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Séries: Ringworld (2), Known Space (9)

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It's been twenty years since the quixotic and worlds-weary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and Speaker-to-Animals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader.

With Louis' help, the Hindmost intends to regain his status by bringing back such extraordinary treasures from the Ringworld that his fellow puppeteers will have to be impressed. But when they arrive, Louis discovers that the Ringworld is no longer stable??and will destroy itself within months. To survive, he must locate the control center of the legendary engineers who built the planet.

His quest becomes a wild and gripping venture blended with the mysteries and spectacular technologies that only Larry Niven can conjure.… (mais)

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I really enjoyed the further exploration of the Ringworld and its civilizations, and the hyper-engineering problem posed by the Ringworld's instability. I liked the use of technology and the back story of Known Space. The depiction of the protagonist weaning himself from current addiction was neat. I felt the relationships between the protagonist and various alien females was pretty shallow, especially compared to the better developed interaction with his Kzin and puppeteer semi-allies. The ending was a neat resolution of the engineering problem but I felt there wasn't enough of an emotional payoff. ( )
  yaj70 | Jan 22, 2024 |
Just astounding. ( )
  IanMoyes | Aug 23, 2023 |
On rereading this after many years, I'm less impressed than I was the first time around.

It's very dependent on you having read at least the previous novel (Ringworld) if not more set in this universe.
It's still a premier example of the big mysterious object genre of scifi, but you never get answers or explanations of anything that isn't required for the plot as far as I can see.
The plot instead of the main character repeatedly figuring something out on a thin thread of dubious logic the rest of the characters don't, and the reader probably can't follow, then him using it to get his own way.
The climax involves elements from the previous novel that frankly didn't need to be there?
The backdrop is awesome, but the novel hung on it is only so so.
But by all means, give it a read and see if you agree. If you liked Ringworld, then this will probably be one you like too, just not as much. ( )
  furicle | Aug 10, 2023 |
Once again, we're treated to more Seventies kitsch sci-fi with bizarre humanoids added to the mix of bizarre non-humanoids: there's even vampires in this one.

On top of the bizarre creatures we are now treated to a never ending list of utterly unpronounceable names, obviously to make sure that you understand that this is real sci-fi, not some lame sci-fi with easy names that humans can pronounce.   To be honest Larry finds all kinds of ways to ruin a really good story and concept, and if it wasn't for the fact that this is such a good story with such a good concept i would have stopped reading long ago.

But instead of stopping i'm going to carry on with the next book, The Ringworld Throne, just because it is such a good story, and i'm already bracing myself for even more jibbledy babbledy names and even more fucked up Seventies kitsch sci-fi creatures.

Ho hum, the trials and tribulations of the sci-fi reader.   To be honest, i'll be glad when this Ringworld series thing is over and i won't ever be reading Larry Niven ever again. ( )
  5t4n5 | Aug 9, 2023 |
It had been awhile since I last read this so it was a pleasant read. Story is about what one would expect with a Niven novel and wraps up some lose ends and questions from the first book.
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  sgsmitty | Jun 14, 2023 |
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Niven, Larryautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Gambino, FredArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Garcia, Paul MichaelNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Giancola, DonatoArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Jones, PeterArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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You who did all that work and wrote all those letters: be warned that this book would not exist without your unsolicited help. I hadn't the slightest intention of writing a sequel to Ringworld

I dedicate this book to you.
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Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:

It's been twenty years since the quixotic and worlds-weary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and Speaker-to-Animals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader.

With Louis' help, the Hindmost intends to regain his status by bringing back such extraordinary treasures from the Ringworld that his fellow puppeteers will have to be impressed. But when they arrive, Louis discovers that the Ringworld is no longer stable??and will destroy itself within months. To survive, he must locate the control center of the legendary engineers who built the planet.

His quest becomes a wild and gripping venture blended with the mysteries and spectacular technologies that only Larry Niven can conjure.

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