Holy crap was this ever good. I'm not sure how I missed reading any of the Ringworld series before, but with this being the 40th Anniversary, I figured it was time. With epic series like this, I usually hit the 'net to see if there's a recommended reading order, or anything that will help me to "get it" a little more easily. Every site I visited recommended starting with Neutron Star. This is an anthology of 8 short stories (each novelette length,) set in the universe of Ringworld - the future of humanity. Each story stands on it's own as character studies, political and social commentary, scientific exploration and adventure. It's easy to see why Niven is widely regarded as one of the masters of Sci-fi. I'm looking forward to diving into Ringworld next.