A Science Fiction Novel
The dramatic sequel to Larry Niven and Gregory Benford's New York Times bestselling novel, Bowl of Heaven
Science fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Timescape) continue the thrilling adventure of a human expedition to another star system that is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure cupping a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths. And which, tantalizingly, is on a direct path heading toward the same system the human ship is to colonize.
Investigating the Bowl, or Shipstar, the human explorers are separated—one group captured by the gigantic structure's alien inhabitants, the other pursued across its strange and dangerous landscape—while the mystery of the Shipstar's origins and purpose propel the human voyagers toward discoveries that transform their understanding of their place in the universe.
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This is a great sequel/ending to the series, although there is clearly room for more story. I am fervently hoping that this pairing of two great authors continues to yield such incredible fruit! Some of the hard science was difficult to digest in the later half of the story but the quality of the storytelling maintained my interest to the very end. When the the last sentence was read I was ready for the next chapter.
A Very Long Run....
The first book had several things that were good enough to get me to read Shipstar. I'm not sorry I did, but I can't recommend it to others. It feels like I walked a long way to a very anti-climatic ending. Too many conveniently invented elements. Some very tough problems with the story? Just invent a new species.
"The Great Shame?", not really.
There may be a third book, but I won't be reading it.