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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.
Compared to the Ringworld series, Bowl of Heaven is a significant letdown. Lacking the touch of whimsy that makes Ringworld such a delightful read, Bowl of Heaven is a plodding,... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Matthew
Pretty good. Very interesting takes on possible alien and actual human neuropsychology. The engineering and the biology of the Bowl are also interesting. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Yet Another
First of all, I should admit that I never finished this book. From other reviews, I see that it apparently just sort of stops, in an attempt to force readers to get the sequel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by gws
This collaboration between Larry Niven and Gregory Benford is a brilliant idea, and I love their previous work as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bob Justman
Stories relating to Dyson's Sphere size objects always interest me, starting with Larry Niven's RINGWORLD. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael E Stauffer
Well, I finished the book so 2-star at minimum...science was disappointing and became "word salad" (magnetic this, convergent evolution that). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laura M
Do not read or buy. Absolute rubbish and the book ends very poorlyPublished 2 months ago by P. Craig
Larry Niven has some ideas he really enjoys, and this returns to the tried-and-true Big Dumb Object. Later it turns out to be a Big Smart Object but not in this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by elhigh