Fleet of Worlds

Known Space

Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner

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Humanity has been faithfully serving the Citizens for years, and Kirsten Quinn-Kovacks is among the best and the brightest of the humans. She gratefully serves the race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship, gave them a home world, 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 unleashes a wave of lethal radiation that will sterilize the galaxy.  The Citizens flee, taking their planets, the Fleet of Worlds, with them.

Someone must scout ahead, and Kirsten and her crew eagerly volunteer.  Under the guiding eye of Nessus, their Citizen mentor, they explore for any possible dangers in the Fleet’s path—and uncover long-hidden truths that will shake the foundations of worlds.

Fleet of Worlds marks Larry Niven's first novel-length collaboration within his Known Space universe, the playground he created for his bestselling Ringworld series. Teaming up with fellow SF writer Edward M. Lerner, Fleet of Worlds takes a closer look at the Human-Puppeteer (Citizens) relations and the events leading up to Niven's first Ringworld novel.

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Prologue
Long Pass crossed the sky in a series of shallow curves, because Diego MacMillan willed it so.
Interstellar space is not uniform. The tenuous interstellar medium isn’t just a few atoms of hydrogen per cubic inch, forever. There are pockets of greater density, some thick enough to form strings of stars, given time. Between the dense patches there is nothing. A Bussard ramjet like Long Pass, which eats interstellar hydrogen and accelerates by spitting out fused helium, must coast between the denser clouds.
This is worse than it sounds.

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PRAISE FOR FLEET OF WORLDS

"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

"A far-future SF mystery/adventure set two centuries before the discovery of the Ringworld by humans. . . . . Intriguing human and alien characters and lucid scientific detail."--Library Journal

“A new Known Space book, particularly one with new information about Puppeteers and their doings behind the scenes of human history, needs recommending within the science fiction community about as much as a new Harry Potter novel does – well, anywhere.  But Niven and Lerner have produced a novel that can stand on its own as well as part of the Known Space franchise.”--Locus

“If you’re a Niven fan, just go buy the book.  It’s that good!...It’s the finest Known Space work in many, many years that I’ve had the pleasure to read.  This is an essential read for anyone interested in how good science fiction can be.”--Green Man Review

“A very worthy addition to the ongoing Known Space future history.”--SciFi.com

“As we have long expected from Niven, it’s a great read, and Lerner—as Analog readers know—has the knack as well.  You’ll enjoy this one.”—Analog Science Fiction and Fact

“Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner have teamed up to write the prequel [to Ringworld], and it’s well worth reading whether you’ve read Ringworld and its subsequent books or not.”--SFRevu.com

“If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, a lot of knowledge can rock worlds.”--Kansas City Star


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Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner

Larry Niven is the award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces, and fantasy novels including the Magic Goes Away series. Beowulf's Children, co-authored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times bestseller. He has received the Nebula Award, five Hugos, four Locus Awards, two Ditmars, the Prometheus, and the Robert A. Heinlein Award, among other honors. He lives in Chatsworth, California. Edward M. Lerner has degrees in physics and computer science, a background that kept him mostly out of trouble until he began writing science fiction full-time. His books include Probe, Moonstruck, and the collection Creative Destruction. Fleet of Worlds was his first collaboration with Larry Niven. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Ruth.

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Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Science Fiction
August 2008
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765357830
ISBN10: 0765357836
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 320 pages
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November 2011
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August 2008
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