Wednesday, 10 June 2009
SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: RINGWORLD - Larry Niven
Pierson's puppeteers, strange, three-legged, two-headed aliens, have discovered an immense structure in a hitherto unexplored part of the universe. Frightened of meeting the builders of such a structure, the puppeteers set about assembling a team consisting of two humans, a puppeteer and a kzin, an alien not unlike an eight-foot-tall, red-furred cat, to explore it. The artefact is a vast circular ribbon of matter, some 180 million miles across, with a sun at its centre - the Ringworld. But the expedition goes disastrously wrong when the ship crashlands and its motley crew faces a trek across thousands of miles of the Ringworld's surface.
To be honest a book that is currently considered to be a classic in the modern sense but not a book I overly enjoyed. Don’t get me wrong, it is well written but the story is a bit on the thin side with the major problem that I had being the sheer unbelievability of the tale as some of the coincidences just seem to be too big for even a bookie to give odds on.
It’s a fun bit of escapism and as long as you’re prepared to not examine it too closely will be something you can enjoy for a bit of escapism, however is you want something a bit serious with a lot of science based plausibility, then this won’t be the book for you.