First introduced in Larry Nivens Known Space novel Protector, was the fate of the Brennan Monster, Earth's first Human Protector, ever revealed in the Ringworld book series? If so, which book tells the tale?


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Do you mean Brennan or Truesdale?

Brennan's fate is described in Protector:

Brennan and Truesdale travel to the planet Home to distract the Pak fleet from Earth, on the way Truesdale realizes Brennan's plan is to infect everyone on Home with Tree-of-Life, so he kills Brennan to try to prevent that from happening.

What happens to Truesdale...

and the rest of the Protectors after everyone on Home is either killed or converted to a Protector by the Tree-of-Life infection and they get ready to fight off the Pak fleet...

is not covered in any of the Ringworld novels.

(This could probably just be a comment, and given how old Protector is, probably doesn't need the spoiler markup, but just in case...)

  • Good answer. I indeed meant Brennan, but it has been so long since I read that particular book, the details are murky. I read the 'of World series, which prompted my question, but I neglected the middle portion of the series after Ringworlds Children. I guess it's time to dust off Protector and give it another read. Oct 15, 2012 at 21:56
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    I'd still like Niven to get around to explaining what happened on Home after the events in Protector... Oct 15, 2012 at 22:01
  • @Ward I just recalled...there is a short story that covers some of it in one of the recent Man--Kzin wars collections. But there is no way I can recall which one and my copies are all in storage... Oct 16, 2012 at 0:00
  • @dmckee It's "Teacher's Pet" from Man-Kzin XI, the first of the Peace Corben stories.
    – Kyle Jones
    Oct 16, 2012 at 0:32

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