The explosive finale to the Ringworld and the Fleet of Worlds series
decades, the spacefaring species of Known Space have battled over the
largest artifact — and grandest prize — in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless
resources and technology of the Ringworld. Without warning the
Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets.
the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of
its secrets, the Puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs. Everyone
knows that the Puppeteers are cowards.
But the crises converging upon the trillion Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas.
Louis Wu and the exiled Puppeteer known only as Hindmost, marooned
together for more than a decade, escaped from the Ringworld before it
disappeared. And throughout those years, as he studied Ringworld
technology, Hindmost has plotted to reclaim his power…
One way or another, the fabled race of Puppeteers may have come to the end of their days.