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Juggler of Worlds by Larry Niven & Edward M. Lerner
Cover Artist: Stephan Martiniere
Review by Tom Easton
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765318268
Date: 16 September 2008 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

In Fleet of Worlds, set some 200 years before the time of Ringworld, we saw that Niven's two-headed Puppeteers had set six worlds in motion to flee the explosion at the core of our galaxy. One of those worlds, Nature Preserve 4, was occupied by human slaves, a few of which had been selected to serve the hyper-cautious (paranoid) Puppeteers as scouts. Alas for the Puppeteers, those scouts got suspicious and learned the truth of their enslavement. In the end, they won their world for their own, renamed it New Terra, and left the Puppeteers feeling very wary of them. The same story told us that Nessus, once master of the scouts, had been reassigned to return to Earth, whose economy had been shattered by the departure of the Puppeteers and the end of their supply of impregnable spaceship hulls and other technology, and do everything he could to block the search for the Puppeteers.

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For too long, the Puppeteers have controlled the fate of worlds.  Now Sigmund is pulling the strings... Covert agent Sigmund Ausfaller is Earth's secret weapon, humanity's best defense against all conspiracies, real and potential - and imaginary - of foes both human and alien.  Who better than a brilliant paranoid to expose the devious plots of others? He may finally have met his match in Nessus, representative of the secretive Puppeteers, the elder race who wield vastly superior technologies.  Nessus schemes in the shadows with Earth's traitors and adversaries, even after the race he represents abruptly vanishes from Known Space. As a paranoid, Sigmund had always known things would end horribly for him.  Only the when, where, how, why, and by whom of it all had eluded him.  That fog has begun to lift... But even Sigmund has never imagined how far his investigations will take him - or that his destiny is entwined with the fates of worlds.

(Source: Tor Books)

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