Ringworld Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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The review of this Book prepared by Aaron Branson

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,
The review of this Book prepared by George Avalon

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.
The review of this Book prepared by Dimitri Melamoud

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.
The review of this Book prepared by Nesssus

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.
The review of this Book prepared by Ivy

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.
The review of this Book prepared by Steve

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Plot & Themes

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    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   long lived adults


Terrain    -   Mountains Spaceship setting:    -   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?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only

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