Fate of Worlds

Fate of Worlds

Return From the Ringworld

Book - 2012
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For decades, the spacefaring species of Known Space have battled over the largest artifact--and grandest prize--in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. But without warning the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets.

Something must justify the blood and treasure that have been spent. If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of its secrets, the Puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs. Everyone knows that the Puppeteers are cowards.

But the crises converging upon the trillion Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas:

Adventurer Louis Wu and the exiled Puppeteer known only as Hindmost , marooned together for more than a decade, escaped from the Ringworld before it disappeared. And throughout those years, as he studied Ringworld technology, Hindmost has plotted to reclaim his power ...

Ol't'ro , the Gw'oth ensemble mind--and the Fleet of World's unsuspected puppet master for a century--is deviously brilliant. And, increasingly unbalanced ...

Proteus , the artificial intelligence on which--in desperation--the Puppeteers rely to manage their defenses, is outgrowing its programming. And the supposed constraints on its initiative ...

Sigmund Ausfaller , paranoid and disgraced hero of the lost human colony of New Terra, knows that something threatens his adopted home world. And that it must be stopped ...

Achilles , the megalomaniac Puppeteer, twice banished--and twice rehabilitated--sees the Fleet of World's existential crisis as a new opportunity to reclaim supreme power. Whatever the risks ...

One way or another, the fabled race of Puppeteers may have come to the end of their days in Fate of Worlds, the final installment to Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner's Fleet of Worlds series.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765331014
0765331012
9780765331007
0765331004
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 316 p. : ill. 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Lerner, Edward M.

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JackPurcell
Feb 27, 2015

This appears to be the conclusion of a series Niven began in the early 1970s generally referred to then as "Known Space" tales, culminating in the Ringworld stories. In those days Niven created tight plots, good characters and absorbing fiction. This [probably] final episode many decades later involves the same characters as some of those.
However, the plotting is no longer tight and the characters would probably be lost on those who've never known them through Niven's earlier adventures. Fate of Worlds was a joy for me, and I can easily understand why it mightn't be for those who've never heard of We Made It, Bandersnatchi, Paks, Puppeteers, et al.

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kcam56
Mar 10, 2014

Larry Niven is a prolific writer. The majority of his stories relate to stories of "known space" and the Piersons Puppeteers are just one of many species populating his tales of known space.

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JON MANN
Mar 03, 2013

The previous reviewer obviously didn't read the description, or just isn't aware that this is the cross-over conclusion to the Ringworld and Fleet of Worlds series...

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zipread
Jan 13, 2013

Fate of the Worlds --- by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner --- On the strength of what I thought was a well written collection of short stories¬, off to the library I went in search of more adventures written by Niven. Fate of the Worlds looked promising. Unfortunately the promise didn’t pan out. At least not for me. Five chapters into the book it ius still too many stands of narrative for me to get a clear fix on. It just wasn’t for me. For you perhaps. But be warned: this novel probably requires more patience than I was prepared to give.

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