By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
<b>Note: this is often the fifth and ultimate ebook in either the <i>Fleet of Worlds</i> and <i>Ringworld</i> series</b>.
For a long time, the spacefaring species of recognized house have battled over the most important artifact—and grandest prize—in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless assets and know-how of the Ringworld. yet abruptly the Ringworld has vanished, abandoning 3 rival conflict fleets.
Something needs to justify the blood and treasure which have been spent. If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can now not be despoiled of its secrets and techniques, the Puppeteers might be pressured to give up theirs. we all know that the Puppeteers are cowards.
But the crises converging upon the trillion Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds cross a ways past even the onrushing armadas: Adventurer Louis Wu and the exiled Puppeteer recognized basically as Hindmost, marooned jointly for greater than a decade, escaped from the Ringworld prior to it disappeared. And all through these years, as he studied Ringworld expertise, Hindmost has plotted to reclaim his strength ... Ol't'ro, the Gw'oth ensemble mind—and the Fleet of World's unsuspected puppet grasp for a century—is deviously really good. And, more and more unbalanced ...Proteus, the unreal intelligence on which—in desperation—the Puppeteers depend to control their defenses, is outgrowing its programming. And the intended constraints on its initiative ... Sigmund Ausfaller, paranoid and disgraced hero of the misplaced human colony of recent Terra, understands that anything threatens his followed domestic international. And that it needs to be stopped ...
Achilles, the megalomaniac Puppeteer, two times banished—and two times rehabilitated—sees the Fleet of World's existential trouble as a brand new chance to reclaim very best energy. regardless of the dangers ... a method or one other, the fabled race of Puppeteers can have come to the tip in their days during this ultimate installment to Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner's Fleet of Worlds series.
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Richard, Michael, and I engage often in lively conversation, so there is certainly no dearth of stimulation. But neither of them has much interest in some intellectual areas that have always been a part of my life. My skills in languages and linguistics, for example, have been a source of considerable pride for me since my earliest days in school. Several weeks ago I had a terrifying dream in which I had forgotten how to write or speak in anything but English. For two weeks thereafter I spent two hours by myself each day, not just reviewing my beloved French, but also studying Italian and Japanese as well.
During one of my recent hallucinations the waves of color broke into geometric patterns and these in turn changed to human silhouettes marching single file across my field of view. Omen was leading the procession in a bright green robe. The two figures at the rear of the group were both women, the heroines of my adolescence, Joan of Arc and Eleanor of Aquitaine. When I first heard their voices the procession dissolved and the scene instantly shifted. Suddenly I was in a small rowboat in the early morning fog on the small duck pond near our villa at Beauvois.
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Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld (Known Space: Fleet of Worlds, Book 5) by Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner