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SyFy Announces Plans To Make A Ringworld Miniseries

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So I've heard that SyFy is doing a miniseries based on Larry Niven's "Ringworld" series. All I've been hearing from those who have received this news, are groans of dismay, mostly because the SyFy channel is notorious for doing really bad adaptations of what are regarded as classics of the genre, usually with the addition of monsters that never appeared in the originals.

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BOOK REVIEW: "Ringworld's Children" by Larry Niven (2004)

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I love Larry Niven. Well, actually, not Niven himself, really I love his writing. Well, not so much his writing in toto, but I really do love his Known Space stories. Though he's got the occasional interesting story that's unrelated to Known Space, most of his other writing is less..uhm...Well, not 'bad' exactly, it just doesn't appeal to me. And with one or two exceptions, his co-authored books (Mostly written with Jerry Pournelle, and the newer "Fleet of Worlds" books) don't appeal to me either. So I guess 'I love Larry Niven' is a bit of an overstatement, huh?

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Forward, Backwards, and Sideways: Ringworld’s place in Known Space

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Art does not exist in a vacuum. Even the most self-contained of works, be they painting, sculpture, or literature, are part of the spirit of their time. Good art can be appreciated simply based on its mere existence, and what it says about itself. A grasp of the larger context in which it was created, however, can make it possible to understand it a bit better, as well as appreciating it.

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Why Did Teela Brown Need To Get To The Ringworld?

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Ringworld ultimately declares that the purpose of the expedition - indeed, the whole novel - was simply to get Teela Brown from here to there. This begs the question “Why was it so all-fired important for Teela to get there?” Niven acknowledges this, but the reasons we’re given in the book aren’t entirely satisfying. Probably they’re correct, but as with so many other aspects of this novel, there’s probably quite a bit more going on below the page, which only appears if we think about it.

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Sexism in the Ringworld

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The Kzinti are arguably the most archetypical uber-sexists in the history of speculative fiction. They are fierce meat-eating predators, they all act like alpha males, the females of their species are non-sapient sex kittens, and their government is--by definition--an Old Boys’ Club that they have the temerity to openly call “The Patriarchy.” They’re just as bold as brass about it. When one takes people such as these, and drops them in a vaguely yonically-shaped place like the Ringworld, it’s just an automatic recipe for sexisim, isn’t it? 1

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INTERVIEW: Larry Niven

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Today we’re interviewing science fiction author Larry Niven. Mister Niven has been cranking out the tales since his first short story was published in 1964. Since then, he’s won Ditmar, Hugo, Locus and Nebula awards, as well as becoming more-or-less the grand master of mega structure-based SF, such as the Ringworld series and the current Fleet of Worlds series. Without question, the author to have had more influence over my own tastes and talents than anyone apart from Philip K. Dick. I’m an unabashed fan. Mister Niven, thank you very much for agreeing to talk to us today.

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KNOWN SPACE: Ringworld at the Incompleat Known Space Concordance

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What is Ringworld? Ringworld is a huge disk 180 million miles in diameter, with a G2 star at the center. It revolves around the star for gravity. It's a million miles across, has a circumference of 565 million miles, and an area of 2 trillion,544 billion,690 million miles. By comparison, the total surface area of the earth is only 149 million square miles, of which only about 30% is land.

Having a hard time getting a grasp on the scale? Check this out:

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