Ringworld Prequels

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 2,358 ratings

Fleet of Worlds Publisher's Summary

Fleet of Worlds marks Larry Niven's first full novel-length collaboration within his Known Space universe, the playground he created for his best-selling Ringworld series. Teaming up with fellow SF writer Edward M. Lerner, Fleet of Worlds takes a closer look at Human-Puppeteer (Citizen) relations and the events leading up to Niven's first Ringworld novel.

Kirsten Quinn-Kovacks is among the best and brightest of her people. She gratefully serves the gentle race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship, gave them a world, and nurtures them still. If only the Citizens knew where Kirsten's people came from.

A chain reaction of supernovae at the galaxy's core has unleashed a wave of lethal radiation that will sterilize the galaxy. The Citizens flee, taking their planets, the Fleet of Worlds, with them.

Someone must scout ahead, and Kirsten and her crew eagerly volunteer. Under the guiding eye of Nessus, their Citizen mentor, they explore for any possible dangers in the Fleet's path - and uncover long-hidden truths that will shake the foundations of worlds.

©2007 Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Fleet of Worlds

    • 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld
    • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 652
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 415
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 421

    Fleet of Worlds takes a closer look at Human-Puppeteer (Citizen) relations and the events leading up to Niven's first Ringworld novel. Kirsten Quinn-Kovacks is among the best and brightest of her people. She gratefully serves the gentle race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship, gave them a world, and nurtures them still. If only the Citizens knew where Kirsten's people came from.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not bad...

    • By G. Parish on 05-02-16

    Regular price: $19.57

  • Book 2

    • Juggler of Worlds

    • 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld
    • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 398
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285

    Covert agent Sigmund Ausfaller is Earth's secret weapon, humanity's best defense against all conspiracies, real and imaginary, and all foes both human and alien. Who better than a brilliant paranoid to expose the devious plots of others?

    But Sigmund may finally have met his match in Nessus, representative of the secretive Puppeteers, the elder race who wield vastly superior technologies.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • boring rewrite

    • By John on 02-25-09

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 3

    • Destroyer of Worlds

    • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 478
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 313
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315

    The newly liberated humans of the Fleet of Worlds and Sigmund Ausfaller, who had been transported by the Puppeteers from Earth to the Fleet, must contend not only with the sly Puppeteers but also the threat of the Pak, a very smart and utterly ruthless species who are fleeing the exploding galactic core in an armada of ships at near light speed. The Pak are headed towards the Fleet of Worlds, having destroyed entire planets in their wake.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful story in Known Space

    • By Rob on 12-11-09

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 4

    • Betrayer of Worlds

    • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 365
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 295

    Since fleeing the supernova chain reaction at the galactic core, the cowardly Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds have - just barely - survived one crisis after another: the rebellion of their human slaves, the relentless questing of the species of Known Space, the spectacular rise of the starfishlike Gw'oth, the onslaught of the genocidal Pak. Now fresh disaster looms, as though past crises have returned and converged. Who can possibly save the Fleet this time?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Different voices. Better voices...

    • By Mark on 01-27-15

    Regular price: $19.56

  • Book 5

    • Fate of Worlds

    • Return from the Ringworld
    • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 465
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 423
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 424

    For decades, the spacefaring species of known space have battled over the largest artifact - and grandest prize - in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. Now, without warning, the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets. If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of its secrets, the puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs - everyone knows that they are cowards. But the crises converging upon the trillion puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A fitting end to a great story from 42 years ago

    • By Colin on 04-01-13

    Regular price: $20.97