From Gregory Benford (Timescape) and Larry Niven (Ringworld) comes a thrilling, hard science fiction series, Bowl of Heaven, that follows a human expedition to another star system that’s suddenly interrupted by a gigantic artifact floating in interstellar space. The bowl-shaped structure engulfs an entire star, and has a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths. This alien structure, or Shipstar, just so happens to be on a direct path heading toward the same system the human ship is meant to colonize.
“Bowl of Heaven is the first installment of what will be the biggest sci-fi saga since—well, since ever. If only more of us could share the authors’ visions, and optimism.” —The Wall Street Journal
GREGORY BENFORD teaches at the University of California and lives in Irvine, California. Benford is a winner of the United Nations Medal for Literature, and the Nebula Award for his novel Timescape. In 1995 he received the Lord Prize for contributions to science. Benford conducts research in plasma turbulence theory and experimentation, and in astrophysics. He has published well over a hundred papers in fields of physics from condensed matter, particle physics, plasmas and mathematical physics, and several in biological conservation.
Larry Niven is the award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces and fantasy including the Magic Goes Away series. His Beowulf's Children, co-authored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times bestseller. He has received the Nebula Award, five Hugos, four Locus Awards, two Ditmars, the Prometheus, and the Robert A. Heinlein Award, among other honors. He lives in Chatsworth, California.