Ringworld by Larry Niven
Ringworld is a science fiction book set in Larry Niven’s “Known Space” fictional universe. If you’ve ever played any of the Halo games by Bungie, then you’re already familiar with what the Ringworld looks like.
The book series started in the early 1970’s with this book, the original “Ringworld” which quickly spanned out into a series. This, the first book in the series is easily Niven’s best entry as it has all the new things to discover without the boring revisits of the ring.
Louis Wu is a bored 200+ year old human with nothing to do, all that quickly changes when he is abducted by a two headed monster named Nessus who whisks him off on a whirl-wind adventure to The Ringworld, a giant “halo” orbiting a sun, spinning at 770 miles per second; fast enough for just under 1 Earth gravity.
The premise is that the core of the Galaxy has exploded and the shock-wave will destroy all known species and civilization in about 20,000 years. Nessus’ species has developed a new kind of spacecraft that, if revealed to the other species, could save them from their apparent doom. However, the price is one trip to the Ringworld to lend expertise to his mission.
While there Louis Wu, Nessus and his other captive explorers unearth the truth about who built the Ringworld, why, and struggle to get out alive from vicious plants and wild natives. From wild beard-men to sunflowers that shoot lasers, Ringworld is an exotic and exciting adventure for sci-fi fans to enjoy now and any time you need a good adventure. I highly recommend this book and for the price of less than a movie ticket, you can’t really go wrong.