November, 2017:
"Ringworld" by Larry Niven

Book cover, Ringworld by Larry Niven

Essential data

Author: Larry Niven
Genre: Science fiction
Published: 1970
Pages: 343
Reading started: October 27th, 2017
Current progress: Page 343 of 343 (100%)
Reading ended: November 10th, 2017. "Ringworld" was successfully finished in 14 days.
Review score: 5 of 5

Description

Wikipedia: Ringworld is a 1970 science fiction novel by Larry Niven, set in his Known Space universe and considered a classic of science fiction literature. Niven later added four sequels and four prequels. (The Fleet of Worlds series, co-written with Edward M. Lerner provides the four prequels as well as Fate of Worlds, the final sequel.) These books 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 (due to the longevity drug boosterspice). 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 Nessus, a Pierson's puppeteer, who offers him a mysterious job with almost no details. Intrigued, Louis eventually accepts. Speaker-to-Animals (Speaker), who is a kzin, and Teela Brown, a young human woman who becomes Louis' lover, also join the crew.