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“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
“It’s easy to settle in and enjoy the sci-fi smorgasbord served up by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven. . .There's a lot to savor. Fans of so-called “hard science fiction” will enjoy the descriptions of ionic scoop fusion drives and all the solar-powered gadgets put to practical use during deep space exploration.”
—The Associated Press
“If you like hard SF with mind-stretching ideas—both physical and psychological—then you definitely want to read this book.”
“It’s been more than 40 years since Ringworld and nearly that long since the Galactic Center Saga knocked our socks off, and I wonder how much it takes these days to render us barefoot and gaping at the scale and scope of an imaginary world. . . . But Benford & Niven have given themselves the space (conceptual and page-count) to spread out. Bowl of Heaven has room to accommodate both the thrill-ride and head-scratching sides of its sub-tradition, and I think when the second half appears, this new effort by two of the Old Masters will hold its own just fine.”
“First-time collaborators Niven (Ringworld series; coauthor, Beowulf’s Children) and Benford (Timescape; Galactic Center series) have combined their award-winning talents for storytelling to create a series opener that should find a welcome reception from fans of the authors as well as those who love hard science and mental challenges.”
“A solid work that will appeal to fans of classic hard SF.”
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
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.
If you are hoping for a one-off novel, don't even pick up this book. It ends in a cliff-hanger and you WILL be purchasing Shipstar. Read morePublished 27 days ago by James M. Johnson
I'm only a few pages into this, but if they are 80 years out, 40 light years from earth and travelling at .081 lightspeed, the numbers don't make sense. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Jay Azorlosa
Gregory Benford & Larry Niven's "Bowl of Heaven" is a complex story of space exploration that tries to redefine the wonders of the universe as we know it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul L.
This is hard science fiction and a clever blend of Greg Benford and Larry Niven. The plot, running from the aliens, is fairly straight forward and has few surprises. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Nimocks
If you didn't think it could get any better than Ringworld, think again! There are a huge number of characters, artfully crafted with both alien and human personalities, an... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jan Kalicki
At best this is half a book. It ends without even a hint of resolution. In my opinion, not representative of the well written Sci-Fi from both Niven and Benford that I have... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JMC
Sigh. The parts that are in the authors' areas of expertise are quite neat and interesting. The mechanics of the Bowl are original an imaginative. Read morePublished 1 month ago by some hoser, eh?
The next big thing with several wonderful aliens and feisty survival types gives us all a story to remember all year.Published 1 month ago by Stomfi