The Ring

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Open Road Media, Jul 1, 2014 - Fiction - 250 pages
Far-future convicts get “ringed”—and lose their free will—in this novel of “chilling extrapolation” cowritten by the New York Times–bestselling author (Clifford D. Simak).

After a youth spent trapped in space exile, Jeff Font returned to Earth to seek vengeance against the planetary mogul who had framed and destroyed his family. Jeff’s plans backfired: He was captured, drugged, rammed through a computerized court system, convicted . . . and ringed.

The ring. The ultimate high-tech civics lesson. A surgically implanted electronic monitor that automatically caused unendurable agony when a convict strayed from righteousness. A ringer would do no evil, think no evil, see or hear evil robocops—nor defend himself or others from insult or injury.

And in a corrupt world of licensed sin and satanic parties, floral estates, and city-size slums, ringers were the ultimate victims. But the ring’s data banks had not factored in Jeff Font’s strength, courage, and his will to fight society, the world, and the agony of the ring to unravel the plot that entrapped him—and see justice done.

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Piers Anthony has written dozens of bestselling science fiction and fantasy novels. Perhaps best known for his long-running Xanth series, many of which are New York Times bestsellers, he has also had great success with the Incarnations of Immortality series and the Cluster series, as well as Bio of a Space Tyrant and others. Much more information about Piers Anthony can be found at

Robert E. Margroff (1930–2015) was born on a farm in Fayette County, Iowa. After training as a typesetter, he worked for various newspapers, eventually returning to the farm in the wake of his father’s death. Margroff published his first science fiction short story, “Monster Tracks,” in If magazine in 1964 and saw a rise in popularity when he published his first novel of many with Piers Anthony, The Ring, in 1968.