Ringworld is a novel that’s always stuck with me. I picked it up alongside authors such as Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Robert Heinlein, and other authors from that point in time. Foundation and Dune are two books that are among my favorites, but Ringworld has long been the best of the lot. It’s vivid, funny, exciting and so forth. Reading it again recently in preparation for this column, I was astounded at how well it’s held up (as opposed to Foundation) in the years since it’s publication, and I can’t wait to read it again.
Go read Larry Niven’s Ringworld and Known Space Stories over on Kirkus Reviews.
Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming graphic novel Ringworld: The Graphic Novel (Part 1) by Larry Niven & Sean Lam, hitting shelves in July.
Here’s the synopsis:
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According to Blastr, two classic science fiction novels are headed to the SyFy channel.
The first is Ringworld by Larry Niven. The four-hour miniseries version of Ringworld follows a team of deep-space explorers investigating an alien artifact. (Guess which one?) The team crash-lands, encounters alien technology, and discovers the ruins of a lost civilization that could control the fate of the world.
The second novel is Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke, which depicts the effects of an alien invasion that “turns the Earth into a near-utopia”.
Blastr notes other miniseries adaptations in the works at SyFy: Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King, The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick and an apocalyptic project titled Darkfall.
[via David K. M. Klaus]