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Ringworld -- Larry Niven
Written by Mike Noel   
Sunday, 30 October 2011


Larry Niven's Ringworld is considered a science fiction classic.  Somehow I missed reading it back when I was in highschool.  I have a suspicion that I started reading back then but I must have stopped.  The first chapter or two were quite familiar but then after that everything was new.

The book revolves around the place called Ringworld.  This is a strip of land that orbits around a central star. The inside (sun facing) of this strip has been terraformed to build an earthlike environment.  The land spins so that centrifugal force balances against the gravitational pull of the star.  This land is incredibly vast with a surface area three million times the surface area of earth.

A crew of four members crash land on Ringworld only to discover the long gone remains of a much advanced civilization.  As they attempt to find a way off of Ringworld they slowly unravel the mysteries of the "planet".

Larry Niven is known for his hard science fiction and this is one of the best.  It makes huge leaps in terms of technology but always seems to base it on some plausible advances in science and engineering. Ringworld is a clever book that introduces interesting ideas about what can be acheived with massive amounts of engineering and technology.