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Fate of Worlds

(2012)
Return from the Ringworld
(The fifth book in the Ringworld series)
A novel by

 
 
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. But without warning, the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets.

Something must justify the blood and treasure that have been spent. 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 the Puppeteers are cowards.

But the crises converging upon the trillion Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas:

Adventurer Louis Wu and the exiled Puppeteer known only as Hindmost, marooned together for more than a decade, escaped from the Ringworld before it disappeared. And throughout those years, as he studied Ringworld technology, Hindmost has plotted to reclaim his power ...

Ol't'ro, the Gw'oth ensemble mind -- and the Fleet of Worlds' unsuspected puppet master for a century -- is deviously brilliant. And increasingly unbalanced ...

Proteus, the artificial intelligence on which, in desperation, the Puppeteers rely to manage their defenses, is outgrowing its programming -- and the supposed constraints on its initiative ...

Sigmund Ausfaller, paranoid and disgraced hero of the lost human colony of New Terra, knows that something threatens his adopted home world -- and that it must be stopped ...

Achilles, the megalomaniac Puppeteer -- twice banished, and twice rehabilitated -- sees the Fleet of Worlds' existential crisis as a new opportunity to reclaim supreme power. Whatever the risks ...

One way or another, the fabled race of Puppeteers may have come to the end of their days.

Genre: Science Fiction
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Hardback Editions

August 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld (Known Space)
Author(s): Larry Niven, Edward M Lerner
ISBN: 0-7653-3100-4 / 978-0-7653-3100-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

June 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld (Known Space)
Author(s): Larry Niven, Edward M Lerner
ISBN: 0-7653-3101-2 / 978-0-7653-3101-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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July 2013 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Fate of Worlds (Return from the Ringworld) (Known Space)
Author(s): Larry Niven, Edward M Lerner
ISBN: 0-7653-6649-5 / 978-0-7653-6649-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
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Audio Editions

August 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld
Author(s): Larry Niven, Edward M Lerner
ISBN: 1-4551-2701-9 / 978-1-4551-2701-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld
Author(s): Larry Niven, Edward M Lerner
ISBN: 1-4551-2700-0 / 978-1-4551-2700-9 (USA edition)
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August 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld
Author(s): Larry Niven
ISBN: 1-4551-2702-7 / 978-1-4551-2702-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld
Author(s): Larry Niven, Edward M Lerner
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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August 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld
Author(s): Larry Niven, Edward M Lerner
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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August 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld
Author(s): Larry Niven, Edward M Lerner
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

January 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Fate of Worlds (Fleet of Worlds series Book 5)
Author(s): Larry Niven, Edward M Lerner
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August 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld (Fleet of Worlds series Book 5)
Author(s): Larry Niven, Edward M Lerner
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA