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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,086 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ringworld Prequels Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9781455193776
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Larry Niven teams up with fellow science fiction writer Edward M. Lerner to take a closer look at the events leading up to Niven’s first Ringworld novel.

Kirsten Quinn-Kovacs is among the best and brightest of her people. She gratefully serves the gentle race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship and nurtures them still. If only the Citizens knew where Kirsten’s people came from!

A chain reaction of supernovae at the galaxy’s core has unleashed a wave of lethal radiation that will sterilize the galaxy. The Citizens flee, taking with them their planets, the Fleet of Worlds. Someone must scout ahead, and Kirsten and her crew eagerly volunteer. Under the guiding eye of Nessus, their Citizen mentor, they set out to explore for any possible dangers in the Fleet's path—and uncover long-hidden truths that will shake the foundations of worlds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Larry Niven lives up to his award-winning reputation in this enthralling saga sure to please science-fiction fans everywhere.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “A lively prequel to Niven’s 1970 classic, Ringworld…Fans of hard SF will be well rewarded.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Exceptional freshness and suspense…full of startling revelations about human and puppeteer politics.”

    Booklist

  • “Intriguing human and alien characters and lucid scientific detail.”

    Library Journal

  • “[A] fine…entry into the ‘known space’ canon…If you haven’t read any Niven novels before this one, go listen to Protector and Ringworld first. Then, if you are as enchanted as I was with it, come back to Fleet of Worlds for more. Tom Weiner, who is one of Blackstone Audio’s new narrators, previously heard in A Galaxy Trilogy, brings authority to the narrative of Fleet of Worlds.”

    SFFAudio.com

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geir | 2/9/2014

    " This takes place in the same universe as the Ringworld series, but happens in a different time and place. It's the first book in another series, that converges with the Ringworld in the last book. This one introduces us to the Pierson's Puppeteer race, and their cultural quirks, physical attributes etc really makes this book worth reading. Rarely have I read about an alien race so fully realized, and making so much sense. The plot is also fairly satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 2/8/2014

    " I couldn't put this one down. I have never read any of the ringworld series, and so I figured I'd start from the prequels and work my way into it. This was a good read and definitely entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 2/2/2014

    " A good addition to the tales of Known Space. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shepherd Thoenen | 2/1/2014

    " Wonderfulness!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allen Garvin | 1/20/2014

    " An astonishingly good Known Space novel, one of the best, which is really surprising... it's sort of a matter of faith that all recent Larry Niven scifi novels suck. This one deals interestingly with the Puppeteers, revealing new facts not touched on before; it has really appealing and interesting human characters; and a nice moral dilemma is presented, together with some first-rate speculative fiction about a completely new species in the Known Space catalog of aliens. Recommended to anyone who read Niven back in the day, and gave up on him after all the published dross of the last 20 years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mainrun | 1/19/2014

    " I read "Ringworld" a few weeks ago. Librarything referred to it as a classic science fiction novel. I figured there would be sequels even before starting the book. I was surprised to see the author wrote several pre-quels too. I think capitalism is great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lysergius | 1/2/2014

    " Somehow it did not have the eccentricity and excitement of Ringworld. Still a decent book though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 11/26/2013

    " I read Ringworld when it first came out and loved it. So, I looked forward to Fleet of Worlds. It wasn't to the level of Ringworld, but I loved the in-depth look at the Puppeteer society. Glad I read it, and now I want to read Ringworld again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 9/1/2013

    " I'd say this book is "interesting" rather than "good". It provides a lot of information about the Pierson Puppeteers, which is great for anyone interested in Niven's Known Space. However, it's kind of boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 7/24/2013

    " OK, but back in the day, Larry wrote books that were more rigorously plotted and exhibited a better sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ari | 12/22/2011

    " A fun read. Niven and his co-author did a skillful job harmonizing this latest novel with his existing "known space" stories. I went through the book I think in about six hours. And want to read the sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 6/27/2010

    " If I could give this a 3.5 I would. It's fun, suspenseful in parts and if you're familiar with the Man-Kzin Wars it's a nice bit of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Cottingham | 4/9/2010

    " #5 for 2008. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monty | 9/30/2009

    " Closely tied to the Ringworld Series. The Puppeteers' entire solar system takes off for the unknown, along with a captured ship load of humans. Great read and should be read BEFORE the Ringworld series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/15/2009

    " Excellent science fiction story. This is the first Larry Niven book I have either read or listened to, and am looking forward to enjoying more of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 4/20/2009

    " I njoyed reading this book. I could relate to the characters. Not really anything new, but I will read the follow up book by these authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Clark | 1/8/2009

    " Good story ... love the Known Space series ... thank goodness I've read the earlier books. This one jumps around a lot in the story ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SF Fan | 9/12/2008

    " A worthy and long awaited addition to Niven's Known Space Universe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davea | 5/26/2008

    " One of the great books. It can be read alone, but I suggest reading the previously published Known Space books first. "

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