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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: “Betrayer of Worlds” by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (2010)

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Seeing as I’m poor, I only buy new books in paperback, which involves some waiting. This book came out in 2010, I couldn’t afford it until 2011, and you’re finally getting my review in late 2012. I’m backlogged. Sorry.

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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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BOOK REVIEW: “Destroyer of Worlds” by Larry Niven and Edward Lerner (2009)

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Some reviews are hard to actually write. I have no idea why. I liked this book well enough, but I realized this morning that I’ve been deliberately distracting myself from writing a review for like a week now. I rattled off a review for “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” in like an hour, but I’ve tried fifteen times to write one for “ A Wrinkle in Time” and end up just staring blankly at the page. No clue why this should be, but now that I’m actually typing, let’s see where this leads us.

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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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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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COMIC REVIEW: “Star Trek: The Wristwatch Plantation” by Larry Niven (1982)

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I’m a huge fan of Larry Niven. Star Trek? Not so much. I don’t hate it, I just don’t care about it, in much the same way that I neither hate nor care about The Wonder Pets. It just sort of *is* and it’s clearly not meant for me, so I just kind of ignore it.

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