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In the free-fall environment of the Smoke Ring, descendants of the crew of the Discipline no longer remember their Earth roots or the existence of Sharls Davis Kendy, the computer-program despot of the ship - until Kendy initiates contact once more.

Fourteen years later, only Jeffer, the Citizens Tree Scientist, knows that Kendy is still watching and waiting. Then, when the Citizens Tree people rescue a family of loggers, they learn for the first time of the Admiralty, a large society living in free fall amid the floating debris called the Clump. It is likely that the Admiralty has maintained, intact, Discipline's original computer library. Exploration is a temptation neither Jeffer nor Kendy can resist, and neither Citizens Tree nor Sharls Davis Kendy will ever be the same again.

©2013 Larry Niven (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

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  • 08-06-18

probably the weakest story in the series.

I listened to it because I listened to the other two. not a bad book but not his best work.

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I love this story!

I love this series and I wish there where more the smoke ring is an amazing place.!

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  • Ízaro
  • 06-07-15

Pointless and boring

Loved Niven in his Ringworld series. Liked his a world out of time but this is now stretched beyond redemption.

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