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“Brown’s "The Farewell Party" was one of the highlights of the book, so when his novel Helix was published recently, containing one of the most wondrous sf big concepts since Robert Reed’s "great ship" or even Larry Niven’s "ringworld," how could I resist it?”
“Plot Summary: In the year 2855, four adventurers (two humans and two aliens) explore a mysterious “ringworld”: an enormous, artificial, ring-shaped structure that surrounds a star.”
“I kind of wish I'd been the guy to think up the idea of a giant ringworld, like Larry Niven, because if that was the case I'd been on the phone with every press outlet I could find saying 'hey, they ripped off my really cool idea.”
“From the descriptions we know we are on an alien world, even though the geometry of it is a bit confusing at first since descriptions seemingly alternate between ringworld and discworld.”
“Ma'saaq Orbital, the setting for Look To Windward, is a Culture ringworld, and the population have expanded around the ring to find the space to explore their imaginative and eccentric Culture lifestyles.”
“The sheer scale of the ringworld will keep people watching.”
“The puppeteers do not know who built the ringworld, and want Louis and the others to investigate it.”
“Niven also manages to create a human but slightly off-kilter civilisation-in-ruins on the ringworld, although the name of one of its city, Zignamuclickclick, generates a wince.”
“A ringworld – a single band of material approximately one million miles in width and 600 million miles in circumference, orbiting one AU from its primary, and comprising the surface area of three million Earths.”
“In fact, according to the cover art of Juggler of Worlds on fantasticfiction.co.uk, the book is set “200 years before the discovery of ringworld”.”
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