Fleet of Worlds (Known Space: Fleet of Worlds, Book 1) by Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner

By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner

Fleet of Worlds marks Larry Niven's first complete novel-length collaboration inside of his identified area universe, the playground he created for his bestselling Ringworld sequence. Teaming up with fellow SF author Edward M. Lerner, Fleet of Worlds takes a better examine the Human-Puppeteer (Citizens) kin and the occasions top as much as Niven's first Ringworld novel.

Kirsten Quinn-Kovacs is one of the most sensible and brightest of her humans. She gratefully serves the mild race that rescued her ancestors from a death starship, gave them a global, and nurtures them nonetheless. If merely the electorate knew the place Kirsten's humans got here from....

A chain response of supernovae on the galaxy's middle has unleashed a wave of deadly radiation that would sterilize the galaxy. The electorate flee, taking their planets, the Fleet of Worlds, with them.

Someone needs to scout forward, and Kirsten and her group eagerly volunteer. below the guiding eye of Nessus, their Citizen mentor, they probe for any attainable hazards within the Fleet's path—and discover long-hidden truths that would shake the principles of worlds.

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Glen Oak appeared as a skirmish line of trees, resolved itself into a huddle of white homes, and widened to fill the windshield. The road curved again past a Sunoco station, past an old brick home, which Baedecker remembered his mother saying had once been a way station on the underground railroad, and past a white sign that read GLEN OAK—POP. 1275—SPEED ELECTRICALLY TIMED. “Nineteen fifty-six,” said Baedecker. “No, 1957. My mother’s funeral. ” “They’re buried out in the Calvary Cemetery,” said Ackroyd as if he were sharing a new fact.

Now the young man looked tired and his breathing was shallow and asthmatic. Their food arrived. ” “Lots of karma,” said Scott. He stared doubtfully at his cup and the two rolls. “You don’t even know who prepared this stuff. Who touched it. ” Baedecker sipped his coffee. ” “Mostly at the ashram or the Master’s farm. During solitude weeks I check into a little Indian hostel a few blocks from here. It has open windows and a string bed, but it’s cheap. ” Baedecker stared. “No? If it’s so cheap, where has all the money gone?

Baedecker sat up, surprised he had spoken aloud. “A phrase a writer— William Gass, I think—used to describe this part of the country. ” Ackroyd shifted uncomfortably. Baedecker realized with a start that he had made the man nervous. Ackroyd had assumed that they were two men, two solid men, and the mention of a writer did not fit. Baedecker smiled as he thought about the seminars the various services had given their test pilots prior to the first NASA interviews for the Mercury program. If you put your hands on your hips, make sure your thumbs are toward the back.

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