The concept and imagination of the actual Ringworld are far more engaging than the event-less story and bland characters. Every character that exists, and every plot point that transpires, is there just to have an excuse to be in awe of this imaginative alien artifact. It's worth the read if the idea of exploring a ring a million miles wide and 900 million miles in circumference is exciting to you. It was to me, but I'm not walking away from the story with anything else sticking with me.
Science is just another belief system albeit a highly logical one that is much easier to work with in real life than superstitious mythology...
An amazingly creative and wonderfully immersive work. The sheer brilliance of the situations and characters makes up for any minor flaws in writing style. I don't know if I'd call it a classic, but it's certainly very good sci-fi.
Classic science fiction
Ringworld (#1 of the series: Ringworld) ----
by Larry Niven c - 1970 ---- Enjoy! ---- Richard Paul
If you ask me, this is one of the demarcation lines in sci-fi: When writers seemed to become more enchanted with stories that explain the feasibility of their ideas instead of allowing readers that little thing that carried the genre previously...the suspension of disbelief. If you tear away all the bits explaining how a world like this would work you'd end up with a pretty straightforward adventure story. This all sounds very harsh but it's not a bad read.
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