The Patchwork Girl
The Patchwork Girl is a science fiction novel by American writer Larry Niven. Part of his Known Space series, it is the fourth of five Gil Hamilton detective stories and the first to be published as a stand-alone novel in 1980, it was included in the Gil Hamilton anthology Flatlander. In a break from his usual ARM duties, Hamilton is an acting U. N. Delegate on the moon, attending a conference on Lunar Law; the Belt Delegate, Chris Penzler, is shot by a laser in an apparent murder attempt. The shot came from outside of the window of his personal quarters, which looks out onto the lunar surface; the only person known to be outside on the lunar surface at the time of the attempt is Naomi Mitchison, a tourist and old flame of Gil's. Gil believes Naomi to be innocent of shooting Penzler, but suspects that she may be lying in order to hide an serious crime; the legal process on Luna acts and Naomi is condemned to be "broken up" for spare parts, a process which involves her being put in a coma and used as a source of organs for transplant.
In stories set in this era, the need for spare parts is so great that minor crimes carry this sentence. Gil uses his ARM authority to investigate, taking advantage of his "phantom arm", his ability to sense things remotely that he gained after losing one arm in an accident when he lived among the Belters. Although the sense is limited by his perception of his arm's reach, he discovers it can be amplified by a 3-D projection of the lunar surface. Feeling around the projection, he is able to detect a clue left out on the surface by the actual criminal; when he solves the mystery, Naomi is revived, but with her beauty destroyed by having body parts removed and replaced. Her real crime is revealed as one that violates the strict population laws of Earth, she has to leave and live elsewhere in the Solar System. "Naomi Mitchison" was the name of a Scottish poet. It is not known; the Patchwork Girl title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Flatlander title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Destroyer of Worlds (novel)
Destroyer of Worlds is a science fiction novel by American writer Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner, set in the Known Space series, it is Fleet of Worlds and Juggler of Worlds. It is set ten years after Juggler of Worlds, drawing from Protector, like the rest of the series, can stand alone; the plot involves the Puppeteers entering into conflict with a Pak Protector fleet. It resolves why Alice Jordan's knowledge about the Pak never entered novels, restates the known timeline of the Home conversion to a planet of protectors
World of Ptavvs
World of Ptavvs is a science fiction novel by American writers Larry Niven, first published in 1966 and set in his Known Space universe. It is based on a 1965 short story of the same name. A reflective statue is found at the bottom of one of Earth's oceans, having lain there for 1.5 billion years. Since humans have developed a time-slowing field and found that one such field cannot function within another, it is suspected that the "Sea Statue" is a space traveler within one of these time fields. Larry Greenberg, a telepath, agrees to participate in an experiment: a time-slowing field is generated around both Greenberg and the statue, shutting off the stasis field and revealing Kzanol. Kzanol is a living Thrint, a member of a telepathic race that once ruled the galaxy through the Power. Eons ago, Kzanol's spaceship had suffered a catastrophic failure. Faced with insufficient power to use hyperspace, Kzanol aimed his ship at the nearest uninhabited Thrint planet used to grow yeast for food, turned his spacesuit's emergency stasis field on to survive the long journey and impact.
He arranged for his ship to change course for the system's eighth planet after he was in stasis, with his amplifier helmet and other valuables stashed inside his spare suit. Although he assumed that the resident Thrint overseer would be able to rescue him after seeing the plume of gas created by his impact, his timing could not have been worse. Facing extinction, the Thrint decided to take their enemies with them by constructing a telepathic amplifier powerful enough to command all sentient species in the galaxy to commit suicide. After hundreds of millions of years, the yeast food evolved into complex life on Earth; the telepathic encounter with the Thrint leaves the confused Greenberg with two sets of memories, his own and Kzanol's. He instinctively assumes he is the much more powerful telepath. Both Greenberg and the real Kzanol steal spaceships and race to reclaim the thought-amplifying machine on Neptune, powerful enough to enable a single Thrint to control every thinking being in the Solar System.
The chase leads to Pluto, a moon of Neptune before it was knocked into its own orbit by the impact of Kzanol's ship. Greenberg's personality reasserts itself and, armed with the knowledge of how to resist the Power, Greenberg traps Kzanol again in a stasis field. A major element of the story is the Cold War existing between Earth and the "Belters," which threatens to burst into a destructive war over control of the telepathic amplifier; the mutually accepted compromise is to throw the spacesuit containing the dangerous device, still in a stasis field, onto Jupiter, where no one can recover it. Algis Budrys described World of Ptavvs as "snappy and upbeat", praising Niven for "treat telepathy as the phenomenon it should logically be". Alan Brink noted that "Niven has made a effective use of a teaser. A person who had not read the book has no way of knowing who or what'Ptavvs' are; the success of this book testifies to the effectiveness of Niven's curiosity-arousing device". Charles Stross was inspired by the Thrintun/Tnuctipun relationship from World of Ptavvs when developing the relationship between the githyanki and illithids for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
He believed the illithids to have been inspired by the Thrintun. According to Niven's recollection, Alexei Panshin wrote a "savage" review of Ptavvs for a fanzine and cited it as a textbook example of how not to write a novel. With regard to the book's ending, Silvia Parks-Brown noted: "Human nature and the way states and their military arms think and act are not said by Niven to have changed in the time separating us from the Known Space series; that being so, it can be assumed with a high probability that in the decades after the ending of "Ptavvs", Earth and the Belt would be watching each other for any sign of the other developing the ability to enter the atmosphere of a gas giant and recover objects from there, i.e. gain possession of the ditched Amplifier. Any sign that the other might have gained such a capacity would lead to tensions, threats of war or an actual "preemptive" war. Once having become aware that a Telepathic Amplifier is possible, both sides would start secret projects aimed at developing it for themselves - this arms race, carrying the risk of an all-out war".
The Thrintun had been mentioned in the earlier Known Space story "The Handicapped". World of Ptavvs reveals a number of new aspects to them, including that they were not a intelligent species and only built their empire through the control of more intelligent species. A Ptavv is a Thrint. Thrintun consider it a matter of great shame to have a Ptavv in their family and tattoo them pink and sell them as slaves. Bandersnatchi are enormous intelligent creatures, consisting of one gigantic cell, resembling a mountain-sized white slug, they were created as food animals for and were found delectable by the Thrint, but were spies for their designers, the Tnuctipun, a intelligent slave species that led the revolt against the Thrintun. Only the Bandersnatchi survived the war, as they were specially designed to be
Fate of Worlds
Fate of Worlds is a science fiction novel by American writers Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner, it is the fifth and final book in the Fleet of Worlds series, itself a subset of Niven's Known Space series. Fate of Worlds opens as Ringworld's Children closes, decades after Betrayer of Worlds, the prior book in the Fleet of Worlds series; the novel thus concludes both series, involves characters from both
Juggler of Worlds
Juggler of Worlds is a science fiction novel by American writers Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner, a sequel to their Fleet of Worlds, it is set in the Known Space universe. Most of the book revisits earlier stories; the novel severely revises the established knowledge of the Outsider race. The final quarter of the book returns to the setting of Fleet of Worlds
The Ringworld Engineers
The Ringworld Engineers is a 1980 science fiction novel by American writer Larry Niven. It is the first sequel to Niven's Ringworld and was nominated for both the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1981. In the introduction to the novel, Niven says that he never planned to write more than one Ringworld novel, but that he did so, in a large part, due to fan support. Firstly, the popularity of Ringworld resulted in a demand for a sequel. Secondly, many fans had identified numerous engineering problems in the Ringworld as described in the novel; the first major problem was that the Ringworld, being a rigid structure, was not in orbit around the star it encircled and would drift, resulting in the entire structure colliding with its sun and disintegrating. In the novel's introduction, Niven says that MIT students attending the 1971 World Science Fiction Convention chanted, "The Ringworld is unstable! The Ringworld is unstable!" Niven says that one reason he wrote The Ringworld Engineers was to address these engineering problems.
The Hindmost deposed leader of the Puppeteers, abducts the human Louis Wu and kzin Chmeee. Both had been part of the Ringworld expedition in the first novel; the Hindmost hopes to acquire Ringworld technology matter transmutation, to help him regain his position. Once they reach the Ringworld and Chmeee set forth to explore, while the Hindmost remains safely behind on their starship. Louis and Chmeee secretly plot to try to overthrow the Hindmost so they can go home. In their travels, they meet a number of the hominid species, they learn more about the full-scale "maps" of various known space worlds, including Earth and Kzin. They discover that the Ringworld will collide with its star soon; the Ringworld's builders, revealed to be Pak Protectors, have long since died out, the attitude jets they installed all around the rim to maintain the Ringworld's position were dismounted to use as starship engines. Chmeee goes to the Kzin map for his own goals, while Louis tries to find some way to save the trillions of inhabitants.
It is on the Map of Mars that the reunited party finds the Ringworld control room Louis is seeking, located in a vast maze of rooms in the hollow space under the map. To create the rarefied atmosphere on Mars, the Map of Mars was built 20 miles above the main surface, creating a 1,120,000,000-cubic-mile cavity; the control room contains living space and, among other things, the meteor defense system. The defense system uses the superconductor grid embedded in the Ringworld's scrith floor to manipulate the magnetic field of the Ringworld's sun to trigger stellar flares that power a titanic gas laser, they encounter Teela Brown, a human member of the first expedition who had chosen to remain behind twenty years earlier. She and her lover Seeker had, in the course of their travels, stumbled upon "Tree-of-Life" plants; the smell of the plant drove them to eat its roots. As a Pak Protector, Teela has little control of her actions; this causes a dilemma. She knows of a way to save the Ringworld; this she cannot do.
However, she manages to lure Louis and the others to where they can save the other 95%. Her instincts make her fight them. Afterward, Louis figures out. Teela had restored starship engines to their original purpose as attitude jets, but only had enough for 5% of the ring. Louis gets the meteor defense system to generate a massive stellar flare to provide twenty times more fuel to the attitude jets to move the Ringworld back into position. However, the radiation from the flare is fatal to everything and everyone living on that section of the Ringworld. Having earlier destroyed the hyperdrive to force the Hindmost to cooperate, Louis is stranded, he and the rest of his party look for someplace to settle down, while the Hindmost remains aboard the disabled starship to think things over. Apart from the obvious references to the preceding novel Ringworld, The Ringworld Engineers draws upon ideas elaborated in Niven's 1973 novel Protector for Teela Brown's ultimate fate. 1979, USA, Galileo Magazine, 4 part serialization July 1979, September 1979, November 1979, January 1980 1979, USA, Phantasia Press, ISBN 0-932096-03-4, Boxed edition, limited to 500 copies 1980, USA, Holt and Winston, ISBN 978-0-03-021376-2, Hardcover 1981, USA, Ballantine Books ISBN 978-0-345-26009-3, Paperback 1985, USA, Ballantine Books ISBN 978-0-345-33430-5, Pub Date 12 November 1985, Paperback 1997, USA, Ballantine Books ISBN 978-0-345-41841-8, Pub Date 23 June 1997, Paperback 1992, UK, Orbit Books ISBN 978-1-85723-111-3, Pub Date 12 Aug 1992, Paperback Ringworld Engineers at Worlds Without End
Ringworld is a 1970 science fiction novel by Larry Niven, set in his Known Space universe and considered a classic of science fiction literature. Ringworld tells the story of Louis Wu and his companions on a mission to the Ringworld, a massive alien construct in space 186 million miles in diameter. Niven added three sequels and cowrote four prequels and a final sequel with Edward M. Lerner, the Fleet of Worlds series; the novels tie into numerous other books set in Known Space. Ringworld won the Nebula Award in 1970, as well as both the Hugo Award and Locus Award in 1971. On planet Earth in 2850 AD, Louis Gridley Wu is celebrating his 200th birthday. Despite his age, Louis is in perfect physical condition, he has once again become bored with human society and is thinking about taking one of his periodic sabbaticals, alone in a spaceship far away from other people. He meets a Pierson's puppeteer, who offers him a mysterious job. Intrigued, Louis accepts. Speaker-to-Animals, a Kzin, Teela Brown, a young human woman who becomes Louis' lover join the crew.
They first go to the puppeteer home world, where they learn that the expedition's goal is to investigate the Ringworld, a gigantic artificial ring, to see if it poses any threat. The Ringworld is about one million miles wide and the diameter of Earth's orbit, encircling a sunlike star, it rotates to provide artificial gravity 99.2% as strong as Earth's from centrifugal force. The Ringworld has a habitable, flat inner surface, a breathable atmosphere and a temperature optimal for humans. Night is provided by an inner ring of shadow squares which are connected to each other by thin, ultra-strong wire; when the crew completes their mission, they will be given the starship in which they travelled to the puppeteer home world. When they reach the vicinity of the Ringworld, they are unable to contact anyone, their ship, the Lying Bastard, is disabled by the Ringworld's automated meteoroid-defense system; the damaged vessel collides with a strand of shadow-square wire and crash-lands near a huge mountain, "Fist-of-God".
Although many of the ship's systems survive intact the normal drive is destroyed leaving them unable to launch back into space where they could use the undamaged faster-than-light hyperdrive to return home. They set out to find a way to get the Lying Bastard off of the Ringworld. Using their flycycles, they try to reach the rim of the ring, where they hope to find some technology that will help them, it will take them months to cross the vast distance. When Teela develops "Plateau trance", they are forced to land. On the ground, they encounter primitive human natives who live in the crumbling ruins of a once-advanced city and think that the crew are the engineers who created the ring, whom they revere as gods; the crew is attacked. They continue their journey, during which Nessus reveals some Puppeteer secrets: they have conducted experiments on both humans and Kzinti. Speaker's outrage forces Nessus to follow them from a safe distance. In a floating building over the ruins of a city, they find a map of the Ringworld and videos of its past civilization.
While flying through a giant storm, caused by air escaping through a hole in the Ring floor due to a meteoroid impact, Teela becomes separated from the others. While Louis and Speaker search for her, their flycycles are caught by an automatic police trap designed to catch traffic offenders, they are trapped in the basement of a floating police station. Nessus enters the station to try to help them. In the station, they meet Halrloprillalar Hotrufan, a former crew member of a spaceship used for trade between the Ringworld and other inhabited worlds; when her ship returned to the Ringworld the last time, they found. The crew managed to enter the Ringworld, but some of them were killed and others suffered brain damage when the device that let them pass through the Ringworld floor failed. From her account, Louis surmises that a mold was brought back from one of the other planets by a spaceship like Prill's. Teela reaches the police station, accompanied by her new lover, a native "hero" called Seeker who helped her survive.
Based on an insight gained from studying an ancient Ringworld map, Louis comes up with a plan to get home. Teela, chooses to remain on the Ringworld with Seeker. Louis skeptical about breeding for luck, now wonders if the entire mission was caused by Teela's luck, to unite her with her true love and help her mature; the party collects one end of the shadow-square wire, snapped when the ship crashed. They travel back to their crashed ship in the floating police station, dragging the wire behind them. Louis threads it through the ship to tether it to the police station, he takes the police station up to the summit of "Fist-of-God", the enormous mountain near their crash site. The mountain had not appeared on the Ringworld map, leading Louis to conclude that it is in fact the result of a meteoroid impact with the underside of the ring, which pushed the "mountain" up from the ring's floor