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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,611 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Niven Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The State Series Release Date:
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Leaving Earth, the crew of the spaceship Discipline were prepared for a routine assignment. Dispatched by the all-powerful State on a mission of interstellar exploration and colonization, Discipline was aided—and secretly spied upon—by Sharls Davis Kendy, an emotionless computer intelligence programmed to monitor the loyalty and obedience of the crew. What they weren’t prepared for, however, was the Smoke Ring—an immense, gaseous envelope that had formed around a neutron star directly in their path. The Smoke Ring was home to a variety of plant and animal life-forms evolved to thrive in conditions of continual free fall. When Discipline encountered it, something went wrong. The crew abandoned ship and fled to the unlikely space oasis.

Five hundred years later, the descendants of the Discipline crew living on the Smoke Ring no longer remember their origins. Earth is more myth than memory, and no recollection of the State remains. But Kendy remembers. And just outside the Smoke Ring, Discipline waits patiently to make contact with its wayward children.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Niven’s masterly use of SF strategies once more hits every note, springing surprises and plot turns with dizzying pace.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Niven has come up with an idea about as far out as one can get…This is certainly classic science fiction—the idea is truly the hero.”

    Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

  • Winner of the 1985 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
  • A 1985 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 1984 Nebula Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Wetdryvac | 2/9/2014

    " Another elementary school late night read. I remember there being so many WTF moments in this book that my disbelief simply kicked in and stayed in. Not what I look for from a book. Need to re-read now and see if I was missing some reach of science on Niven's part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob Rawski | 1/28/2014

    " Another great world created by Larry Niven, very airy and captivating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Clark | 1/28/2014

    " I'm not sure when I first read this, but I became an instant Larry Niven fan. The combination of fantasy and sci-fi caught me like my friend Matt's Venus fly traps...(heh) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jan | 1/25/2014

    " Excellent study of a civilization living in a strange environment. A nice addition to Larry's "The State" universe. "

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