- Publisher: Tor Books
- Format: Paperback | 448 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 172mm x 32mm | 240g
- Publication date: 3 January 2014
- ISBN 10: 0765366460
- ISBN 13: 9780765366467
- Sales rank: 75,280
The limits of wonder are redrawn 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 cupping 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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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.
Praise for Larry Niven: "Niven lifts the reader far from the conventional world--and does it with a dash.""--Los Angeles Times"" ""The premier hard-SF writer of the day." "--The Baltimore Sun"" """ Praise for Gregory Benford: "Benford is one of our best."--Greg Bear, bestselling and award-winning author of "Eon" "What sets Benford apart from most of the high-tech literary herd is his gift for characterization and language, his refusal to let gadgets overwhelm the people in his stories.... Benford never lets his characters become the animated cardboard cutouts that afflict too many hard science fiction stories." "--San Francisco Chronicle"""