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  • Author:
    Larry Niven
  • ISBN:
    0765326086
  • ISBN13:
    978-0765326089
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  • Publisher:
    Tor Books; 1st Edition edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Pages:
    320 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Science Fiction
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  • Rating:
    4.4
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A new Known Space book, particularly one with new information about Puppeteers and their doings behind . Mass Market Paperback.

A new Known Space book, particularly one with new information about Puppeteers and their doings behind the scenes of human history, needs recommending within the science fiction community about as much as a new Harry Potter novel does – well, anywhere. But Niven and Lerner have produced a novel that can stand on its own as well as part of the Known Space franchise. A far-future SF mystery/adventure set two centuries before the discovery of the Ringworld by humans.

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Betrayer of Worlds is a novel set in the Known Space series, by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner. It is a sequel to their previous novels, Fleet of Worlds, Juggler of Worlds, and Destroyer of Worlds. and is set 70 years before Ringworld.

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Prelude to Ringworld. Known Space (Volume 4). Larry Niven and Edward M. A new Known Space book, particularly one with new information about Puppeteers and their doings behind the scenes of human history, needs recommending within the science fiction community about as much as a new Harry Potter novel does – well, anywhere.

Betrayer of Worlds book. I like how Niven is trying to tie together all the different races in Known Space, but I suspect I would have gotten more out of it had I read the other book

Betrayer of Worlds book. I like how Niven is trying to tie together all the different races in Known Space, but I suspect I would have gotten more out of it had I read the other book. I do appreciate the attempt to characterize different aliens and how they'd think, especially insane aliens. The aliens don't seem much more driven by their mating drive as the humans.

The relentless questing of the species of Known Space. The spectacular rise of the starfish-like Gw'oth

The relentless questing of the species of Known Space. The spectacular rise of the starfish-like Gw'oth. The onslaught of the genocidal Pak.

Larry Niven, Edward M. By an understated curl of a tubacle tip he signaled Rt’o, his most trusted counselor, to linger. By an understated curl of a tubacle tip he signaled Rt’o, his most trusted counselor, to linger ience chamber. Courtiers and sycophants scuttled after. As soon as the last had disappeared, Bm’o jetted to the smaller but more comfortable office from which he truly ruled. Through its floor of clearest ice, regularly scraped smooth, he admired the glory that was his domain.

Fleeing the supernova chain reaction at the galactic core, the cowardly Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds have---just barely---survived. They’ve stumbled from one crisis to the next: The rebellion of their human slaves. The relentless questing of the species of Known Space. The spectacular rise of the starfish-like Gw’oth. The onslaught of the genocidal Pak. 

Catastrophe looms again as past crises return---and converge. Who can possibly save the Fleet of Worlds from its greatest peril yet?

Louis Wu? Trapped in the Wunderland civil war, all he wants is to go home---but the only possible escape will plunge him into unknowable danger. 

Ol’t’ro? The Gw’oth ensemble mind fled across the stars to establish a colony world free from tyranny. But some problems cannot be left behind, and other problems---like the Fleet of Worlds itself---are racing straight at them. 

Achilles? Despite past disgrace, the charismatic Puppeteer politician knows he is destined for greatness. He will do anything to seize power---and to take his revenge on everyone who ever stood in his way.

Nessus? The insane Puppeteer scout is out of ideas, out of resources, with only desperation left to guide him.  

Their hopes and fears, dreams and ambitions are about to collide. And the winner takes . . . worlds.


Legionstatic
I am not crazy about how the book ended. Having read Ringworld previously, I know there is no smooth transition from this story into that one. A fairly large chunk of time between the end of this story and where Ringworld picks up is missing. Maybe Niven will endeavor to write a book that fills the gap better...or maybe he already has and I just haven't found it yet. Everything was going great In my head until the last chapter and epilogue, then it died on me. Don't get me wrong, I neither expect nor want a happy ending where the good guys always win and everyone gets a medal (Star Wars), but this ending was the kind of "stopped writing" ending I hate. Plots are just left dangling at the end. Maybe another book is coming, but they already call "Fate of Worlds" the Fleet of Worlds' book 5, so any in-between book would need to be 4.5? This feeling of a story left unfulfilled is exacerbated by the opening of Fate of Worlds, where so, so much has obviously happened in the intervening years. This is a good story, no doubt, hampered by a bad ending.
ZEr0
I really have enjoyed both the Fleet of Worlds and Ringworld series by Larry Niven. My biggest complaint is that there is no information on the order of the series. Both series are interconnected and a continuous story. Frankly, if each is taken as a separate story, I would not rate it as high. However if the series is read in order, the character development is excellent and the back stories that are hinted at in each succeeding book, are understood by the reader - making the stories much more enjoyable. However the advantage of this process for the author is that you end up purchasing all the books and then trying to figure out what the order should be by reading a chapter or 2. Granted that the Fleet of Worlds series do have indicators as to Book 1 through Book 5 . However Book 5 (Fate of Worlds) really requires reading all of the Ringworld series to be best appreciated.
Drelalen
As a long time sci-fi fan I have all of the Ringworld books and was interested in a discussion of the origin of Ringworld; well you won't find it here. What you do find is a reasonably interesting story of alien races and racial conflict and the establishment of Louis Wu as a major player.

I had hoped to find more on Ringworld and how it came to be and thought, from the sub-title, Prelude to RINGWORLD, that this book would lead into Chapter 1 of Ringworld. That is certainly not the case and it would appear that Niven and Lerner have at least one more book planned before Louis Wu finds himself at his birthday party in Beirut as described in Chapter 1 of Ringworld. Instead of heading back to Earth, he is going in the opposite direction at the end of Betrayer of Worlds.

Having gotten that one complaint out of the way, I will say I enjoyed the book and appreciated the imagination that went into creating the various racial groups described. If you are a Ringworld fan, you will definitely want to add this one to your collection. Ringworld is a fascinating place and I still look forward to more information on how it came to be built. That could be a book all on its own as Ringworld is a very complicated place full of surprises.

In summary the book was a good read and held my attention all the way through; if you're a Ringworld fan you should add it to your collection. If you aren't familiar with Ringworld I believe you have a treat in store!
Stanober
The Fleet of Worlds could really have been one book. I had read Ringworld, RW Engineers, RW Throne many years ago and Children of RW more recently. Only recently have I gone through the FOW series. While it is cool to have some things explained, as FOW will do for you, it's not really necessary to understand and enjoy the RW series. I had also gone back and read the Known Space series, and found that useful, but not really necessary to enjoy RW.
Dianazius
A standard sci-fi space-ships-and-aliens production, but well done as expected. Some sci-fi rises above the genre with believable personalities with psychological depth. Larry Niven's creations do not always achieve that, but some do become interesting.
No one has, I think, commented on his alien species called "Puppeteers". His imagination has created the perfect all-male homosexual society. The females are almost a separate species, with no intelligence, who serve only as meat sources for the young, being eaten from inside, after being fertilized by two males together! Much of this series of books is about the romance between two Puppeteers, Baedeker and Nessus (they take names for human's use from Greek mythology).
Bluecliff
Wrap everything up in a nice neat bow and you have set the stage for the questions surrounding Ringworld. Fleet of Worlds 4 could probably go on and on. Three, no, at least 4 races center stage if you include the Outsiders play havoc with what little we thought we knew. Niven loosed the Dogs of War of our imagination and we happily will go back to Ringworld with spoilers galore! I highly recommend that you do NOT read these 4 books before you read the Ringworld series or DO and either way set the stage for galactic excitement, danger snd intrigue.
zzzachibis
If Larry Niven has something to do with it, it is great SciFi. There is usually a sequence of books, and this is one of several dealing with the Puppeteers' home world, now part of a fleet of Puppeteer planets fleeing our dying galaxy at a speed terrifying to cowards, and the Puppeteers believe cowardice is a great virtue.

I like to wait until there are several available, then buy them all at once and read one or two on the plane to some Tropical Place, and then read them along with a dozen other science fiction books, on the beach, or under a palm tree, but not a coconut.
This series of books was bought for my husband. They were used, but he said they looked brand new. I will be a "widow" for quite some time while he reads these. (haha)