The Smoke Ring Author:Larry Niven Del Rey Books (c) 1987 — Publication date April 1988 — In the free-fall environment of the Smoke ring, the descendants of the crew of the DISCIPLINE no longer remembered their Earth roots - or the existence of Sharls Davis Kendy, the computer-program despot of the ship. Until Kendy initiated contact once more. — Fourteen years later, only Jeffer, t... more »he Citizens Tree Scientist, knew that Kendy was still watching - and waiting. Then the Citizens Tree people rescued a family of loggers and learned for the first time of the Admiralty, a large society living in free fall amid the floating debris called the clump. And it was likely that the Admiralty had maintained, intact, DISCIPLINE?S original computer library.
Exploration was a temptation neither Jeffer nor Kendy could resist, and neither Citizens Tree nor Sharls Davis Kendy would ever be the same again?« less