Bowl of Heaven by Gregory Benford

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"Bowl of Heaven" is the first installment of what will be the biggest sci-fi saga since—well, since ever.
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In this first collaboration by science fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Timescape), the limits of wonder are redrawn once again as a human expedition to another star system is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure half-englobing a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths…and it's on a direct path heading for the same system as the human ship.
A landing party is sent to investigate the Bowl, but when the explorers are separated—one group captured by the gigantic structure's alien inhabitants, the other pursued across its strange and dangerous landscape—the mystery of the Bowl's origins and purpose propel the human voyagers toward discoveries that will transform their understanding of their place in the universe.

 

About Gregory Benford

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GREGORY BENFORD is professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine, and lives in Irvine. Benford is a winner of the United Nations Medal for Literature, and the Nebula Award for his classic novel Timescape. LARRY NIVEN is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. His Beowulf's Children, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Chatsworth, California.
 
Published October 16, 2012 by Tor Books. 414 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by Tom Shippey on Nov 02 2012

"Bowl of Heaven" is the first installment of what will be the biggest sci-fi saga since—well, since ever.

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Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Nov 06 2012

To say it sounds almost silly, sort of like, say, trying to describe the importance of a novel like "Moby Dick." It's about whale-hunting? Really?

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