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Ringworld book discussion + dinner

We'll be taking a break from the Science Fiction book discussion group for the month of June, but we'll be back in July with Ringworld by Larry Niven, which we'll meet to talk about on Thursday July 24.

Ringworld is a 1970 science fiction novel by Larry Niven, set in his Known Space universe and considered a classic of science fiction literature....Ringworld won the Nebula Award in 1970, as well as both the Hugo Award and Locus Award in 1971.  (from Wikipedia)

Synopsis: Pierson's puppeteers, strange, three-legged, two-headed aliens, have discovered an immense structure in a hitherto unexplored part of the universe. Frightened of meeting the builders of such a structure, the puppeteers set about assembling a team consisting of two humans, a puppeteer and a kzin, an alien not unlike an eight-foot-tall, red-furred cat, to explore it.

The artefact is a vast circular ribbon of matter, some 180 million miles across, with a sun at its centre - the Ringworld. But the expedition goes disastrously wrong when the ship crashlands and its motley crew faces a trek across thousands of miles of the Ringworld's surface.

Praise for Ringworld(for audiobook version): "Niven's style is such that you can be awed, then titillated, then amused all on the same page. . . . After more than thirty years, the story remains interesting, and the ideas fascinating. I highly recommend this audiobook, whether you've experienced Ringworld already or not. I enjoyed every minute.''

Author bio: Niven's best known work is Ringworld (Ringworld, #1) (1970), which received the Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. The creation of thoroughly worked-out alien species, which are very different from humans both physically and mentally, is recognized as one of Niven's main strengths.


We'll meet again at Packard's library room, which is a separate room off of the far right corner of the restaurant, on the first floor; if you don't find it easily, just ask any of the staff for the library room. This room is free to reserve and is a great location for discussion. However, it is expected that those attending will order a meal. Their meals are moderately priced, generally in the $9-12 range. Here's their menu.

*There is a limit of 12 attendees for this event, to make sure everyone has a chance to participate in the discussion and because the room can't comfortably accommodate more than that. Please RSVP before it fills up! And if you have RSVPd but something has come up, please update your RSVP so someone else will have a chance.

I'll consider adding a 2nd meeting on another day if there is enough interest/are enough people on the waitlist.*

Our next book will be:

•July 24: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

If you have suggestions for future discussion group selections you can post them here on our message board, or just email me directly.

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  • Kevin

    Hey guys, I made it part way up, but I'm on sudafed and antibiotics (ear infection) and I felt groggy so I turned back. Apparently caffeine and wishful thinking were not enough to get me there!

    July 24, 2014

  • Erin

    Hey, I didn't get a chance to read the book, but I might show up for dinner if you're not at capacity

    1 · July 23, 2014

    • Jen M

      OK, Erin. That should be fine.

      July 24, 2014

    • Becky R

      I havent read it either but want to see everyone. I will stop in for dinner too.

      July 24, 2014

  • Ostana

    Hi Everyone - I have read about half the book, yet cannot make it tomorrow - Work commitments took precedence. Hope to make it next time. Enjoy!

    1 · July 23, 2014

    • Jen M

      Sorry you can't make it, but hope to see you another time!

      1 · July 24, 2014

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