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I think this book has been out for a year, and the next book in the series is about to come out. This book follows Fleet of Worlds, the first book Niven and Lerner did together.

Juggler wraps up a lot of the Known Space short stories into a coherent telling from a slightly different viewpoint and attaches it to the tame humans of Fleet of Worlds. Sigmund Ausfaller is the primary character here -- the ARM's tame paranoid (one of them).

I found it consistently interesting, but there's just some spark missing from the Lerner collaborations.


Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:41 am
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Thanks for the heads up. I also appreciate the "filling in" of the cracks that these stories provide, but agree that they do seem to be much more flat in terms of emotion. I'll pick up a copy for my Kindle.

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Airgetlam wrote:
Thanks for the heads up. I also appreciate the "filling in" of the cracks that these stories provide, but agree that they do seem to be much more flat in terms of emotion. I'll pick up a copy for my Kindle.


One of the things that seems to be a concern of this book in particular is making a tapestry that shows how all these famous stories -- Neutron Star, TheSoft Weapon, Fleet of Worlds (perhaps not so famous) relate together.


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Interesting. I'm not really as interested in a full tapestry, though...I don't mind some gaps. Like Heinlein's "Future History" stories, as long as they fit in to the greater whole (for the most part, I don't mind minor discrepancies for the sake of a good tale), I'm OK with it. Of course, the flip side is for each story that is written, there is a commensurate reduction of my own mental image of how things happen. ;)

Sometimes a little mystery keeps the interest up.

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BillPatterson wrote:
One of the things that seems to be a concern of this book in particular is making a tapestry that shows how all these famous stories -- Neutron Star, TheSoft Weapon, Fleet of Worlds (perhaps not so famous) relate together.


Uh-oh. This got Asimov and (in my opinion) Heinlein into trouble.

At least the Niven stories you mention were written with a common background in mind. Not like mashing positronic robots and Foundationers together. Perhaps that will prevent a mess.

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beamjockey wrote:
BillPatterson wrote:
One of the things that seems to be a concern of this book in particular is making a tapestry that shows how all these famous stories -- Neutron Star, TheSoft Weapon, Fleet of Worlds (perhaps not so famous) relate together.


Uh-oh. This got Asimov and (in my opinion) Heinlein into trouble.

At least the Niven stories you mention were written with a common background in mind. Not like mashing positronic robots and Foundationers together. Perhaps that will prevent a mess.

Well, it's certainly not THAT kind of a mess. Actually, I found all the reference points useful for figuring out where in the sequence all this was taking place -- and it made the tame humans story Lerner developed cohere with the rest of Known Space, which it didn't, very well, in Fleet of Worlds.


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