Winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novel, RINGWORLD remains a favorite among science fiction readers.
Louis Wu, accompanied by a young woman with genes for luck, and a captured kzin – a warlike species resembling 8-foot-tall cats -- are taken on a space ship run by a brilliant 2-headed alien called Nessus. Their destination is the Ringworld, an artificially constructed ring with high walls that hold 3 million times the area of Earth. Its origins are shrouded in mystery.
The adventures of Louis and his companions on the Ringworld are unforgettable . . .
“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. Until then we have Larry Niven's. A rich and fantastic story."
- Fred Saberhagen
"Our premier hard SF writer.”
- The Baltimore Sun
"The scope of Larry Niven's work is so vast that only a writer of supreme talent could disguise the fact as well as he can."
- Tom Clancy
"Niven is a true master."
- Frederik Pohl
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A richly fabricated epic that spawned one of the greatest Science Fiction series of all time. A must for readers of speculative fiction.
I read this book when it was published, and I liked it a lot. This second reading, as an old guy, leads me to think that the Ringworld itself is a great idea, but the author is incapable of putting a really good story around it. I got through it, but there were a couple of moments when I set it down, and I almost let it stay down permanently.