I’d seen a few reviews of this book ten years ago when it first came out. It’s set in the Known Space universe, but much earlier than the other books. Ringworld is one of those series that gets talked about so much I feel like I need to at least try a few of the books.
Genre: science fiction
Length: 299 pages
Setting: 200 years before Ringworld, various planets
Summary: Nessus, a Citizen (a horse-like alien) is heading a scout ship crewed by Colonists (humans). The Citizen world and a ring of farm planets around it are fleeing radiation from supernovae and needs to scout out possible danger in their path. The Citizens are extremely risk averse so the Colonists help look for potential danger. The Colonists get sent off by themselves and discovered the Citizens have been lying about where the Colonists came from. The humans convince the Citizens to let them go and take a planet with them. There is also a subplot of Nessus going to Earth to foment rebellion and keep the humans from finding them.
Final thoughts: Good book. I found the characterization of the Citizens to be different from your typical alien. They evolved from a herd beast and still preferred the group over the individual. In fact, only the insane could stand to separate from the herd (Nessus was bipolar).
Title comes from: The Citizen’s home world was surrounded by five other worlds and all six worlds (the Fleet of Worlds) were escaping from the galaxy
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review from a previous year
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