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Offline joncz

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Re: Ringworld to be Made into Series by Amazon
« Reply #20 on: 10/03/2017 07:43 PM »
Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.

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Re: Ringworld to be Made into Series by Amazon
« Reply #21 on: 10/05/2017 02:39 PM »
Like Rama, Ringworld is heavy on world-building but not much on narrative. The first part is largely talking and Exposť, during the second part, the protagonists just go from one place to another, encounter weird people and phenomena, they have little say on the events unfolding, just tag along, then more talking and revelations until the end.

A naive and helpless female protagonist. Breed for luck. Tasp. I think many concepts are very hard to adopt for TV audience. Removing all those hard, unpopular, tedious stuff, there is not much left. A few actions, but not enough. Unless they can pull a Total Recall or Blade Runner on it.

Nobody can possibly do justice to a world that huge, not even Larry Niven himself. Imagine the geography, history, culture, fauna and flora, possibility is endless, but the actual story is such a let down.

"Go from one place to another ...". We are back to wagon trains in space. Early Star Trek.

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Re: Ringworld to be Made into Series by Amazon
« Reply #22 on: 10/05/2017 06:55 PM »
Amazon will adapt Ringworld, Snow Crash and Lazarus into TV series for Amazon Prime:

https://arstechnica.co.uk/gaming/2017/09/snow-crash-lazarus-and-ringworld-shows-are-coming-to-amazon-prime/



Most depictions just fail to give an impression of the vast size of Niven's Ringworld. Here is a video that comes close to doing it justice:


As for the prospects for the show (if it indeed happens), I think it could be used as an interesting setting for something, something based on Ringworld rather than a retelling. Because the book plot is not very compelling.

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Re: Ringworld to be Made into Series by Amazon
« Reply #23 on: 10/09/2017 12:51 AM »
As for the prospects for the show (if it indeed happens), I think it could be used as an interesting setting for something, something based on Ringworld rather than a retelling. Because the book plot is not very compelling.

Agreed. I have read the book series - twice. It is still a compelling story if only because of how the immensity of the ringworld boggles the mind. I agree with your premise. A successful series would, like Star Trek, need to be a series of different stories with the common environment and difficulties of the ringworld. That might work. But a story "about" the ringworld would quickly become a one-of, and pass into the list of also rans.
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Re: Ringworld to be Made into Series by Amazon
« Reply #24 on: 10/09/2017 01:28 AM »
Someone might already have done this (shades of "The Last Ship"), but I was thinking you could have an interesting procedural SF based around an aircraft carrier somehow transported to a ringworld.

It could be essentially the exact same plot setup as star trek voyager, but done with present day technology.

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Re: Ringworld to be Made into Series by Amazon
« Reply #25 on: 03/22/2018 02:58 AM »
Can't wait to see a Pierson's puppeteer.

If they do this, I hope they model them on Wayne Barlowe's drawings from his book "Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials". Barlowe's drawings were awesome.

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Re: Ringworld to be Made into Series by Amazon
« Reply #26 on: 03/22/2018 03:28 AM »
The Expanse had me at "hi, we're at least kinda trying to do hard sci-fi." Do wish they'd drop the sound effects in a vacuum thing, though. Play some music to keep the audience engaged during exterior space shots, dagnabbit.

The problem is that sci-fi isn't as big a draw as I wish it was. So sci-fi has to be all 'splodey to sell. I'd love something along the lines of a 2001 show sans aliens that tried to do hard SF right. E.g., shouldn't combat engagement distances be ginormous in space? First one to spot the other guy wins? Fire a missile/laser/railgun at the far-away target and only see the results on your instrument panel? Do boarding actions or special ops if you want an adrenaline rush. I know stuff like this is more niche, but it does get done outside of sci-fi (e.g., Tom Clancy's stuff).

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Re: Ringworld to be Made into Series by Amazon
« Reply #27 on: 03/29/2018 08:48 PM »
The Expanse had me at "hi, we're at least kinda trying to do hard sci-fi." Do wish they'd drop the sound effects in a vacuum thing, though. Play some music to keep the audience engaged during exterior space shots, dagnabbit.

The problem is that sci-fi isn't as big a draw as I wish it was. So sci-fi has to be all 'splodey to sell. I'd love something along the lines of a 2001 show sans aliens that tried to do hard SF right. E.g., shouldn't combat engagement distances be ginormous in space? First one to spot the other guy wins? Fire a missile/laser/railgun at the far-away target and only see the results on your instrument panel? Do boarding actions or special ops if you want an adrenaline rush. I know stuff like this is more niche, but it does get done outside of sci-fi (e.g., Tom Clancy's stuff).

In the last ringworld book, there's a scene where the ARM, Patriarchy, and Puppeteer fleets are watching the ringworld and each other in a paranoid fashion... As they emerge from hyper, they find all "enemy" ships, and assume that the nearest will fire a laser weapon at them the moment they are seen, and do another hyper microjump before that theoretical laser could arrive. Except everyone else is doing the same thing.

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Re: Ringworld to be Made into Series by Amazon
« Reply #28 on: 04/06/2018 05:09 AM »
I haven't seen that book, only Ringworld and Ringworld Engineers.  How many are there ?

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Re: Ringworld to be Made into Series by Amazon
« Reply #29 on: 04/06/2018 06:27 AM »
From wikipedia Ringworld Series

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The Ringworld series is a series of science fiction novels written by American author Larry Niven. It is part of his Known Space set of stories. Its backdrop is the Ringworld, a giant artifact 600 million miles in circumference around a star. The series is composed of five standalone science fiction novels, the original award-winning book and its four sequels:

1970: Ringworld
1980: The Ringworld Engineers
1996: The Ringworld Throne
2004: Ringworld's Children
2012: Fate of Worlds (by Niven and Edward M. Lerner)

Fate of Worlds is also a sequel to the four books of the Fleet of Worlds series, set in the same "Known Space" universe and all written by Niven and Edward M. Lerner:

2007: Fleet of Worlds
2008: Juggler of Worlds
2009: Destroyer of Worlds
2010: Betrayer of Worlds

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Re: Ringworld to be Made into Series by Amazon
« Reply #30 on: 04/08/2018 11:25 AM »
Hell !  I've got some reading to do.

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