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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.” ―Analog
“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.” ―Locus
“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.” ―Library Journal
“A solid work that will appeal to fans of classic hard SF.” ―Publishers Weekly
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.
I happened to pick this up in an airport bookshop. Benford and Niven, 2 of my favourite authors. Put them together and you get.... well, a lot less than the sum of the parts. Read morePublished 5 days ago by AndrewG
Caution - Some spoilers
Disappointment. Gregory Benford and Larry Niven are accomplished writers and worth while reads pretty much any time. Read more
Niven world-building, except this time with a lack of direction, a lack of plot, a lack of goal. Take Ringworld and remove the personalities of Louis Wu, Speaker, etc, and then... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Darren
In many ways a scientific re-write of Ringworld, Bowl of Heaven (BoH) paces way too slow. The characters are flat with neither depth nor color. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Martin
I liked this book ! The concept was novel and surprising and I wanted to know more about the Bowl of Heaven. Read morePublished 1 month ago by nilo52
I'm not usually a sci-fi reader but this book was recommended by an aerospace engineer friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Russell Nishida
Not a bad tale. Appears to be heavily influenced by Niven. (And I'm a big Niven fan having read almost everything he's written including collaborations) I recommend it to Benford... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike C