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by Larry Niven

  • ISBN: 0345320654
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Author: Larry Niven
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Del Rey Ballantine (January 12, 1985)
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  • Rating: 4.2
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In The Integral Trees Niven has come up with an idea about as far out as one can get, a created world without a worl. his is certainly classic . Science Fiction Magazine. Other Ballantine Books by Larry Niven.

In The Integral Trees Niven has come up with an idea about as far out as one can get, a created world without a worl. his is certainly classic science fiction-the idea is truly the hero. Three Books of Known Space: World of Ptavvs; A Gift from Earth; Tales of Known Space.

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The Integral Trees by Larry Niven This book is dedicated to Robert Forward, for the stories he's sparked in me, for his help in working out the parameters of the Smoke Ring and for his big roomy mind. Prologue Discipline IT WAS TAKING TOO LONG, MUCH LONGER THAN HE HAD EXPECTED. Sharis Davis Kendy had not been an impatient man. After the change he had thought himself immune to impatience. Читать онлайн The Integral Trees.

l, Niven presents a fully-fleshed culture of evolved humans who live without gravity in the gas cloud surrounding a neutron star.

This book is dedicated to Robert Forward, for the stories he's sparked in me, for his help in working out the parameters of the Smoke Ring and for . A Del Rey Book Published by Ballantine Books.

This book is dedicated to Robert Forward, for the stories he's sparked in me, for his help in working out the parameters of the Smoke Ring and for his big roomy mind. Published in the United States by Ballantine Books a division of Random House, In. New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto.

Like much of Niven's work, the story is heavily influenced by the setting: a gas torus, a ring of air around a neutron star. A sequel, The Smoke Ring, was published in 1987. It was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1984, and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1985.

The Integral Trees book. Larry Niven is one of those grand masters of science fiction. Named the 2015 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master, he's been a finalist for the Hugo novel award eight times for different works.

Publisher: Ballantine Books, 1984

Publisher: Ballantine Books, 1984. Like much of Niven’s work, the story is heavily influenced by the setting: a gas torus, a ring of air around a neutron star. The gas giant Goldblatt’s World (abbreviated Gold ) orbits this star just outside its Roche sphere. Thus, Gold’s gravity is insufficient to hold its atmosphere, which is pulled loose into an independent orbit around Voy. This orbiting air forms a ring known as the Gas Torus.

If we're lucky it could smash itself against the trunk. The swordbird seemed bigger every second: bigger than a man, bigger than a hut-all mouth and wings and tail. The tail was a translucent membrane enclosed in a V of bone spines with serrated edges. What was it doing this far in? Swordbirds fed on creatures that fed in the drifting forests, and there were few of these, so far in toward Voy. Little enough of anything

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In this novel, Niven presents a fully-fleshed culture of evolved humans who live without gravity in the gas cloud surrounding a neutron star. In this Smoke Ring, free-floating life forms flourish, and all of them, from fish to fowl, can fly...
Reviews about The Integral Trees (7):
ChallengeMine
A team of misfits on an adventure makes a good basis for a story, and tribal cultures are always tasty. Let Larry Niven loose on them, though, and you get a novel that is nominated for a Nebula for Best Novel in 1984, and a Hugo ditto the following year.

Niven's tales often hang on an epic structure: the "Ringworld" Ringworld (A Del Rey book), for example. In this novel, a central star ("Voy") is too close to its gas-giant planet ("Gold"), and the atmosphere of Gold has been sucked off into a gas torus, a vast ring around the star. The thicker part of the torus is breathable—this is the Smoke Ring where humans can survive.

The humans that do live here have adapted to the conditions in the torus, where gravity is nonexistent, but tidal forces may be felt. Mostly, the tides affect dwellers at the "out" and "in" ends of any of the millions of integral trees. The length of these massive growths can almost span the smoke ring, and they were dubbed "integral" because the opposing winds at either end bend the tufts outward into an ∫ shape. These tufts collect smoke, dirt, animal life and insects from the wind; tufts and trunks impact free-floating water globules—"ponds"—and this provides moisture for the life on the tree.

When Quinn tribe's tree sinks too far in the smoke ring toward Voy, the tribe's leader—the "Chairman"—sends the tribe's least useful citizens to climb the tree to its free-fall zone at the trunk and farther "out" on a hunting trip, to find a way for the tribe to survive. Unfortunately, the tree has its own plans, and those plans don't take into account the humans living on the "in tuft".

The State is hinted at in flashbacks and founding documents, and in the opinions of 'Discipline,' the AI personality of the ship that brought humans to the smoke ring. 'Discipline' has carefully forgotten the mutiny that separated it from the humans, so it cannot be biased against the descendants of the mutineers, and it stays out of the gas torus to preserve the ship's physical integrity.

When the disaster at the Quinn tree brings 'Discipline' back into contact with the survivors, that contact brings humans under the eye of the State for the first time in hundreds of years. The Quinn survivors worry about being made "copsiks" (slaves) by another tribe or captured by the longer-limbed free-falling fluff-jungle dwellers; they should be more worried about Discipline's intentions.

If you haven't encountered "The Integral Trees" yet, it's time. The people of the Smoke Ring may be strangely shaped by their gravity-less environment, but their cultural adaptations prove they are all too human.
nadness
Niven has a peculiar propensity of contradicting himself (or, rather, the characters) on occasion, in word or deed, which makes for some unpleasant speed-bump moments for the more careful and thoughtful reader. Aside from that minor quibble, I've read this book probably on the order of twenty or so times, so that speaks for itself towards it being a good read.
Iphonedivorced
What a fantastic book! I've read a ton of Niven books, and this is one of my favorites. He's typically known for hard sci-fi, but this is something kind of different. The concept of this world is unique and fascinating, making it hard to put this book down. So glad I discovered the Man-Kzin series all those years ago, because I've enjoyed every book my Niven ever since. This guy is truly at the top of his game.
Lamranilv
I found it fascinating to conceive of a society living in free fall - atmosphere, plants, animals, but no inhabitable planet. I also enjoy reading about simpler times, as a society develops, and reading science fiction about alien lifeforms, with a touch of humans reaching out - seeking other worlds. This book has it all... and I'd love to be able to fly! In this book, in the place the humans discover, it is said that everything has wings but the humans (but of course, they fix that..). I read this book for the first time, and found it added much to my understanding of the Smoke Ring, a place in the back of my head since my youth.
Xangeo
I first read this book back in grade school, and something reminded me of it as I sat at work nearly 2 decades later. I started searching for this book and eventually found a supplier via Amazon. The day it arrived I tore open the packaging, got comfortable on the couch and prepared to enjoy this literary journey.

Everything I remembered from reading it 20 years ago was still there and I enjoyed it almost as much now as I did then. If you happen across this book, pick it up. You won't be disappointed.
Teonyo
I love books by Larry Niven - his universe is so diverse and varied it is always amazing. I remembered reading this book a long time ago from a stash of my older brothers' books and I remembered loving the story and concept - so I saw this on an Amazon recommendation and decided to get it - the best part was that it was both books in one and I did not recall reading the second book. I breezed through the first book on a business trip, and started the second book very quickly. The unique concept of the book is captivating, and for any sci fi reader who has not experienced this book yet, I would strongly recommend it. This edition is also a large format size, which is nice as it might be too cumbersome if it were any smaller with both books in it.
SiIеnt
Product wise, the book arrived on time, well packaged and showing only mild wear as expected buying "good" condition. The book itself I would recommend to every reading person pre teen or older. It's a fantastic story set in an even more fantastic world. I love Larry Niven and this is some of his top work.

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