Ringworld Engineers is by far the best of the Ringworld books.
IMPORTANT NOTE: For people new to the Ringworld series - Read “Protector” before ..Show More »you get “Engineers”
(It fits between the first and second book)
This novel is the answer to the riddle “Who Built the Ring and why”
Note: The 1980’s Role Playing Game of Ringworld is based completely on this book.
The original book was well worthy of the awards that it won, however this is a much more complete travelogue around the ring than its predecessor
I rate it has a hard SF novel that that easily competes with Dune and the like because of the vast scale and clean science behind the writing.
Perhaps most importantly it is just a great adventure story that explores the vast structure without getting bogged down in personal angst, politics, or too much scientific theory.
(There’s far too much of that these days in science fiction)
To get the most out of it read / listen to Book 1 (at least) and Book 2. Incredible characters, plots and themes. A book that will, like the others f..Show More »rom Larry Niven, be listened to many times.
Disappointing as it sewellel too much on a complex past, and it was sometimes a difficult listen with the spiralling reflective conversations I sk..Show More »ipped a lot towards the end as I lost interest