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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,666 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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In the free-fall environment of the Smoke Ring, descendants of the crew of the Discipline no longer remember their Earth roots or the existence of Sharls Davis Kendy, the computer-program despot of the ship—until Kendy initiates contact once more.

Fourteen years later, only Jeffer, the Citizens Tree Scientist, knows that Kendy is still watching and waiting. Then, when the Citizens Tree people rescue a family of loggers, they learn for the first time of the Admiralty, a large society living in free fall amid the floating debris called the Clump. It is likely that the Admiralty has maintained, intact, Discipline’s original computer library. Exploration is a temptation neither Jeffer nor Kendy can resist, and neither Citizens Tree nor Sharls Davis Kendy will ever be the same again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The setting of Niven’s 1984 novel The Integral Trees was striking and imaginative, even for this acclaimed world builder; it’s well worth the second visit made in this sequel….A wonderful imaginary world, where people can fly like birds and ponds full of fish hang in midair.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cary Spratt | 1/29/2014

    " An excellent sequel to 'The Integral Trees', picking up the story about 15 years later. More of the smoke ring ecology is described and Kendy learns the truth about the mutiny that he had deleted from his memory banks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Keith | 1/29/2014

    " While not quite as good as, and a bit more confusing than, The Integral Trees, this was still quite enjoyable. It was good to pick up the characters where the story left off and get a bit more of the backstory, especially on the mysterious Kendy. It would be even better if Niven ever decides to wrap up the remaining loose ends, perhaps showing what the Smoke Ring civilization might look like a generation or two down the line, but I would bet against him picking the thread back up again twenty years after the last installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Craig | 1/28/2014

    " Just started. For now it seems very typical of Larry Niven's hard scifi. It's very enjoyable to enter the physically strange worlds that he cooks up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Casey Wheeler | 1/17/2014

    " This is another book in the author's Ringworld series. As with the other books it is very helpful if the reader has at least some understanding of astronomy, physics, chemistry and biology as the author refers to various terms and situations that are scientific in nature without any real explanation of what it means. It is not intended to be a stand alone book. One needs to read the previous ones in the series before reading this one or the reader will be challenged to adequately follow the plot. "

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