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.
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I wonder how Larry Niven's name ended up on this title. The intricacies and character quality of Niven's other works were in no way evident here. I see this as a cynical promotion of a poor ringworld-esque facsimile.
Perhaps if Niven were actually a participating author?
Probably not. This was dire
The characterisation was wooden and halting. I'll probably stay away.
The shipstar and the folk and the crew. Replace all that lot and you might have something.
I bought this because Larry Niven's name was on it. I don't feel as though his hand was in it.
- Bob Powell