Fleet of Worlds marks Larry Niven's first full novel-length collaboration within his Known Space universe, the playground he created for his bestselling Ringworld series. Teaming up with fellow SF writer Edward M. Lerner, Fleet of Worlds takes a closer look at the Human-Puppeteer (Citizens) relations and the events leading up to Niven's first Ringworld novel.
Kirsten Quinn-Kovacs is among the best and brightest of her people. She gratefully serves the gentle race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship, gave them a world, and nurtures them still. If only the Citizens knew where Kirsten's people came from….
A chain reaction of supernovae at the galaxy's core has unleashed a wave of lethal radiation that will sterilize the galaxy. The Citizens flee, taking their planets, the Fleet of Worlds, with them.
Someone must scout ahead, and Kirsten and her crew eagerly volunteer. Under the guiding eye of Nessus, their Citizen mentor, they explore for any possible dangers in the Fleet's path—and uncover long-hidden truths that will shake the foundations of worlds.
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Niven, winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, and Lerner (Probe) offer a lively prequel to Niven's 1970 classic, Ringworld. It's 2650, some 500 years after the human colony ship Long Pass was captured by Citizens, those paranoid, two-headed beings better known as Puppeteers from the Fleet of Worlds. The Citizens of the Concordance have bred and nurtured successive generations of human "Colonists" from the Long Pass's crew and embryo banks, while lying about their origins, telling stories about an abandoned colony ship adrift in space. When a team of Colonist explorers led by Citizen Nessus to study intelligent life on an ice-covered world also uncovers evidence that the Concordance has lied about the past, they're determined to find the truth. Meanwhile, Concordance Citizens learn that the ruling Conservative policymakers have mishandled secret contacts with Earth and endangered the Fleet. Fans of hard SF will be well rewarded.
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Good but many errors
I loved the book, but the author has many errors. I had to read book twice because I was so confused. I eventually noticed the second time reading. I thought maybe I read wrong but I did not. The author confuses characters a lot, locations, and even the gender of them many times.
Great story line besides that though.
Thanks for this great new series, and thanks for the iPad books versions. I didn't discover this series until Juggler, loved it, bought Destroyer, realized I needed Fleet, found it on my iPad - and now know I may never buy another hardback.
Please add the Kzin war books to the iPad soon...
Do yourself a favor and read a couple of Niven's short stories first (Neutron Star, At The Core, and others).
Even if you don't, this is still a good point to get into his "Known Space" universe. Great storytelling, and absolutely amazing world-building and races.
If you like Sci-Fi or technology at all, you have to read this series.