I’ve decided I’m just crazy enough to try to read every book that’s ever won the Hugo Award for Best Novel…and, of course, that I want to share this insane experience with all of you. This week we visit Larry Niven’s famous Big Dumb Object, the Ringworld. If you are traveling with a Kzin, please ensure they are properly sedated as we journey on through sixty-odd posts of science fiction, speculation and social justice!
published in 1970
Louis Wu is 200 years old, and bored. Fortunately for him, an alien race has decided that he’s the perfect candidate for an interspecies expedition to a strange object orbiting a star on the edge of the galaxy. Louis, his fellow human Teela Brown, and the aliens Nessus and Speaker-to-Animals, venture to the Ringworld. But all is not well on this colossal structure. Its engineers are missing, its inhabitants have reverted to a pre-literate state of development, and its systems are failing. And unless they can repair their ship, Louis and his companions will be stranded on the ring…
Warning! Mild spoilers ahead!
I just don’t get what all the fuss is about.