The Smoke Ring

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Ballantine Books, 1987 - Fiction - 362 pages
23 Reviews
In the free-fall environment of the Smoke Ring, the descendants of the crew of the Discipline no longer remembered their Earth roots -- or the existence of Sharls Davis Kendy, the computer-program despot of the ship. Until Kendy initiated contact once more. Fourteen years later, only Jeffer, the Citizens Tree Scientist, knew that Kendy was still watching -- and waiting. Then the Citizens Tree people rescued a family of loggers and learned for the first time of the Admiralty, a large society living in free fall amid the floating debris called the Clump. And it was likely that the Admiralty had maintained, intact, Discipline's original computer library. Exploration was a temptation neither Jeffer nor Kendy could resist, and neither Citizens Tree nor Sharls Davis Kendy would ever be the same again...

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I love his writing for its sparseness. - Goodreads
However, I was less happy with the pacing of the plot. - Goodreads
Niven's weakness is character development. - Goodreads
Again just about no character development. - Goodreads
Additionally the ending clearly suggests another book. - Goodreads

Review: The Smoke Ring (The State #3)

User Review  - Chad - Goodreads

Sequel to Integral Trees. Again just about no character development. This book suffered a bit in the middle. Additionally the ending clearly suggests another book. Read full review

Review: The Smoke Ring (The State #3)

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5/10. Smoke without fire. Read full review


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Larry Niven received his B.A. in mathematics in 1962. During his first year of writing, all he received were rejection slips, but his first novel, World of Ptavvs (1966), was a success and launched his career. Niven has won five Hugos and one Nebula award, testimony that his colleagues in the science fiction world respect his work. Perhaps Niven's most well-known creation is Ringworld, a distant planet that may be taken as a metaphor for Earth, as it was once great but has since fallen into decay.

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