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Publisher Description

Two hundred years before the discovery of Ringworld…

For too long, the Puppeteers have controlled the fate of worlds. Now Sigmund is pulling the strings.

Covert agent Sigmund Ausfaller is Earth’s secret weapon, humanity’s best defense against all conspiracies, both real and imaginary, and all foes, both human and alien. Who better than a brilliant paranoid to expose the devious plots of others?

But Sigmund may finally have met his match in Nessus, representative of the secretive Puppeteers, the elder race who wield vastly superior technologies. Even after the Puppeteers abruptly vanish from Known Space, Nessus schemes in the shadows with Earth’s traitors and adversaries.

As a paranoid, Sigmund has always known things would end horribly for him; only the when, where, how, why, and by whom of it all eluded him. But even Sigmund never imagined that his destiny would be entwined with the fates of worlds.

A Blackstone Audio production.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Tom Weiner
hr min
November 4
Blackstone Audio

Customer Reviews

2nova ,

Great hard sci-fi.

Although it isn’t advertised as such, this book is part of a 4-book story that should be read in order.. The books and their order are:
1 - Fleet of Worlds
2 - Juggler of Worlds
3 - Destroyer of worlds
4 - Betrayer of Worlds
The authors make an effort to reintroduce characters and sum up the story, but IMO, individually, these just aren’t really stand-alone books. Also, the stories are intricate and Machiavellian and should be read as close together as possible to keep the continuity of the arc.
This is hard sci-fi, no magic, but lots of real science theory based tech-talk, balanced with plenty of adventure and intrigue among a cast of very strong characters of many species and subsets. Nivens universe is fully realized and mostly believable - reminiscent of Star Treks, but a lot less squeaky-clean and idealistic. These 4 books are prequels to “Ringworld” - but as a group, they stand on their own.

“Juggler of Worlds” overlaps the timeframe of “Fleet of Worlds”. It covers what’s going on with humans back on Earth and her colonies while the Puppeteers are dealing with their own problems back home. In “Juggler”, humanity struggles to deal with the sudden disappearance of the Puppeteers, the resultant crash of Earths economy and the nasty little surprises left behind by the Puppeteers to put humanity off their trail.

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