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    In that case you can head right into the Fleet of World books if you want without any problems. They all revolve around the Puppeteer worlds and their trip out of the Milky Way.

    SyFy channel productions really scare the crap out of me. They absolutely butchered Riverworld so I'm not getting my hopes up that they'll produce a competent Ringworld miniseries.

    My background is primarily in the SIGINT community. After I got out of the 'Corps I was at NSA for a number of years. I left government service after 2001. Worked at GE Aircraft Engines for a bit, then took a couple of years off to go and exorcise some personal ghosts in Iraq as a contractor. I've been with GEAE since 2009.

    Protector was the first book that introduced the Pak protectors and gives a lot more back story about exactly who & what they are than you get in the Ringworld books.
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    All of Niven's 'Known Space' books take place in the same continuity. Is Ringworld the only book you've read or do you mean it & it's sequels (Ringworld Engineers, Ringworld Throne & Ringworld's Children)?

    The Fleet of World series is directly related to Ringworld, but you'll probably want to read the sequels first for the bigger picture. I'd also recommending reading "Protector" in there somewhere as well (probably before Ringworld Engineers).

    His collaborations with other authors (Jerry Pournelle & Larry Barnes) are also must reads:
    The Mote in God's Eye & The Gripping Hand - Military expedition sent to make first contact with an alien species on their home planet. Great space opera.
    Legacy of Heorot (& Beowulf's Children) - First human colony on another planet and the problems they encounter.
    Footfall - Still my favorite alien invasion of earth.

    Niven only:
    The Integral Trees & Smoke Ring - descendants of another colonization party that became stranded in a giant gas torus.

    AE?
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    Recently I've been going back & reading older stuff that I missed. Currently I'm catching up with Niven's Fleet of World series.
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    I fall squarely in the "Oh John Ringo NO!" camp...

    http://hradzka.livejournal.com/194753.html?thread=760769#t760769
  5. They did test a prototype using conventional explosives. It worked.

    There was a also a test done during the atomic program and the plate also survived.

    It's a fascinating program all the same. But like I said. Society now is too risk averse to try anything radical or out there.
  6. That's cool man. It happens. I enjoyed your response though.

    Dyson and Sagan were both adamant that it can be done if it's running at .10c
  7. CMD is May 10 where I'm from...Stonewall Jackson's death.
  8. Someday my sick, twisted goal is to start a north vs south flamewar that reaches Balkans proportions.
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    Mine too. In all fairness it had devolved pretty badly. And I did my part.
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    Not another engineer on MP.net! Hope you're enjoying it.

    Sounds interesting, Scotland is well worth a visit if you get the time. Just don't come in September!
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