|Plot Summary of Ringworld|
|"This is the story of a group of adventurers who explore a space station that's so larged that it's wrapped around a star."
Steve, Resident Scholar
|"Louis Wu and his motley crew - including two aliens and an odd human girl - have been recruited to explore a strange artifact - the Ringworld. (The Ringworld is an intermediate step between a planet and a Dyson sphere; it's a giant ring, 1000 km wide, that circles the planet at 1 AU.) An accident leaves them stranded; to get off the Ringworld, they must explore a tiny portion of the surface. They make some strange discoveries - including that the Ringworld is apparently populated by humans."
Ivy, Resident Scholar
|"Ringworld, in what is now its 30th anniversary of publication is a true science fiction novel. Louis Wu and his companions set out to explore this ring around a sun with lots of adventures along the way. The most overwhelming thing in the whole story is the scale of the ringworld as the characters come to grasp with it."
Nesssus, Resident Scholar
|"This excellent Nobel-winner is the first of the Ringworld trilogy.
A pupeteer - a tripple-legged double-headed creature, hires Lois Wu and the cat-like Kzin "Speaker-to-Animals" to explore a weird phenomenon: the Ringworld, and determine if it or it's builders poses a danger for the pupeteer race.
In this book there are still many unanswered questions, such as who built the Ringworld? Why is it inhabited by humans? etc. These questions going to be answered only in the sequels."
Dimitri Melamoud, Resident Scholar
|"Ringworld is the craziest dream of engineering; starring a freaking technologically advanced alien race, among others (including two hundred years main character human Louis Wu); and speed of light curious phenomena involved,"
George Avalon, Resident Scholar
|"Louis Wu is recruited by the Pupeteer's to investigate the Ringworld, a massive alien construct 93 million miles in diameter. Louis travels with a human female, Teela Brown and a diplomat from the human's rival race, the Kzinti. Their mission is overseen by a mad Puppeteer, Nessus. When they arrive they find that the society who built the Ringworld has collapsed leaving the Ringworld's populace with only vague descriptions of a race of "Engineers". It is up to Louis Wu and his companions to solve the riddle of the Ringworld and discover what could plunge the builders of the universe's greatest marvel into ruin."
Aaron Branson, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Ringworld|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena
- long lived adults
- alien spaceship
- really, really giant spaceship/station
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- inhabited by friendly aliens
- unfriendly aliens
- primitive aliens
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
Takes place in spaceship?
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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