Louis Wu is at least 200 years old at this point in the 4th I believe in the Ringworld series that I'm reading right now. He has spent at least 20 years on Ringworld since the first Ringworld book away from his home planet earth. Teela Brown might not be alive at this point (It's hard for me to say for sure but it sounds like she is gone. Tunesmith is a protector that is very smart likely smarter than Louis Wu so Louis is trying to escape Tunesmith. They sort of have an uneasy alliance of sorts because of a war going on on Ringworld at this time. Hanuman is an Ape like protector with a beak like Tunesmiths which is a sign of being a protector rather than a breeder on ringworld. However, the prime protector so far is Tunesmith. Acolyte is the son of Chmee a Tiger like Bipedal humanoid creature from another planet. I think Acolyte (the son of Chmee) was born on Ringworld but is only 12 years old but his species of Kzin grow up pretty fast I guess.
I bought this in Kindle format because I wasn't able to get Ringworld in kindle format until july at amazon for some reason. Then later I found it was the fourth book in the series published about 2004. "Ringworld" won the Hugo, and Nebula award in either 1970 or 1971 so likely it is the best of the series even though I find Ringworld's children interesting enough to keep reading.
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Cover of first edition (paperback)
|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback)|
|LC Class||PS3564.I9 R57 2004|
|Preceded by||The Ringworld Throne, (1996)|
|Followed by||Fate of Worlds, (2012)|
Plot summaryThe novel's plot is largely concerned with the so-called Fringe War. All the intelligent species of Known Space are interested in the Ringworld. In the novel (actually begun in the previous novel, The Ringworld Throne), they engage in a Cold War of sorts on the fringe of the Ringworld star system.
The novel also explores the interactions of multiple elements invented or described in previous Niven short stories or novels. For instance, two stories in the Crashlander short-story anthology consider separately the implications of a super-fast hyperdrive ("At the Core") and medical nanotechnology ("Procrustes"). Although these super-technologies are seemingly unrelated, their combination is a key element of the plotline of Ringworld's Children.
In another example, the ARM ships of the Fringe War are powered by antimatter and have antimatter weapons. When asked where they most likely got it from, the Hindmost remarks that it is probably from an antimatter solar system. This is a reference to a third short story ("Flatlander") in the Crashlander anthology that describes the discovery of the antimatter planet Cannonball Express.
Another, more obscure reference to a Beowulf Shaeffer story, "The Borderland of Sol", concerns creatures that live in hyperspace and eat spaceships in hyperspace around gravity wells, thus explaining why ships cannot safely engage their hyperdrive close to a large mass (which was previously described as a singularity before this revelation). This reference, dismissed as a myth in the earlier story, is casually confirmed as fact in this installment and is surpassed by the creation of a hyperdrive that moves the entire Ringworld to destination unknown.
As in the previous two novels, the interactions of various hominid Pak protectors play an important role, including one who claims to be one of the original builders of the ring. A number of previously revealed "facts" turn out to have been lies told by characters in the books, which is another common feature of Niven's Ringworld and other Known Space stories, especially those involving Protectors and Puppeteers.
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