Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fate of Worlds: Return From Ringworld 1 - Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner

"Of course he was a civilian. At the first hint of danger, Puppeteers ran. As, even now, the trillion Puppeteers aboard the Fleet of Worlds fled from an astronomical phenomenon that would not reach this corner of the galaxy for twenty thousand years. Puppeteers only defended themselves in desperation, when neither flight nor surrender was an option. Or when—undeniable, because Puppeteers had set their robots to seize Long Pass—they could strike with overwhelming superiority and their meddling could not be traced back to them. Cowardice did not preclude ruthlessness. A few Puppeteers, outcasts and misfits, had asked to remain after New Terran independence. More Puppeteers had arrived as refugees amid the Gw’oth War; some of them had stayed, too. Most had settled on the continent of Elysium, on territory first planted as a nature preserve for Hearth life. A very few lived and worked among humans. This Puppeteer was deep in conversation, in full two-throated, sixvocal-corded disharmony. With a final jangling chord he made some point, to which, voices rumbling out of the dangling pocket comp, another Puppeteer responded in similar atonality." 3.5 out of 5 http://www.tor.com/stories/2012/07/fate-of-worlds-return-from-the-ringworld